Art to see this week: February 8 2012

John Piper – a special exhibition of work featuring his paintings of Blenheim Palace, at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire from 11 Feb to 9 Apr.

Yayoi Kusama – pioneering work spanning over 6 decades by one of Japan’s best known living artists.  At Tate Modern, Southbank, London SE1 from 9 Feb to 5 June.

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration at the V & A, London from 8 Feb to 22 April.

Lucian Freud Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 9th Feb – 27th May (Tel 0207 3060055)  See preview in Country Life 8 Feb 2012

The Art of Arrangement: Photography and the Still Life Tradition at the Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath from 11 Feb to 7 May.
Gavin & Turk at Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s Mews, London W1 from 10 Feb to 20 Apr.

Kaoli Mashio and Eeva Karhu – paintings of other worldly landscapes and abstract portraits by Mashio, who studied under Peter Doig, and photography by Helsinki based Karhu.  At Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton Street, Bankside, London SE1 from 10 Feb to 10 Mar.

The Metaphysics of Stone – six colossal heads carved from naturally weathered blocks of stone by Britain’s leading female stone sculptor Emily Young.  On display in Berkeley Square, London W1 from 7 Feb to 25 Apr.

G F Watts: The Hall of Fame – Portraits of His Great Contemporaries at the Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey from 7 Feb to 3 June.

Cy Twombly; works from the Sonnabend Collection at new Eykyn Maclean gallery, 30 St George Street, London W1 from 7 Feb to 17 Mar.

Heather & Ivan Morison, Ben Rivers and David Thorpe – film, sculpture, installation and performance exploring utopian beliefs and an impending sense of apocalypse at The Hepworth Wakefield museum, Wakefield fro 11 Feb to 10 Jun.

Hannah Fowler and Polly Rome – paintings of horses and working hounds in charcoal, chalks and oils by Fowler and domestic and wild animals in bronze by Rome, at the Cartshed Gallery, Chaldicotts Courtyard, Semley, Shaftesbury from 7 Feb to 15 Mar.

Guercino: A Passion for Drawing – the collection of Sir Dennis Mahon and the Ashmolean Museum, at Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford from 11 Feb to 15 Apr.

A Hundred Years: Impressionist and Modern Master Works, 1880-1980.  The gallery’s opening show will unveil key works by artists who shaped the course of art history over the hundred years from 1880 to 1980.  Beginning with paintings by Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Edgar Degas, the founders of Impressionism, the exhibition will chart developments in the visual arts through Fauvists, Emile Othon Friesz and Kees van Dongen, to Modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jacques Lipchitz and Marc Chagall.  At Alon Zakaim Fine Art, 5-7 Dover Street, London W1 from 10th Feb to 23rd March.  

Cotton: Global Threads – relates the global history of the production, consumption and trade in cotton. New commissions by contemporary artists including Yinka Shonibare and Lubaina Himid will be shown alongside historic pieces from the late Middle Ages to the present day, exploring how cotton’s history touches on economics, science and technology, slavery, fashion and popular culture. At Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester from 11 Feb to 13 May.

An Exhibition of paintings by Kenneth Lawson (1920-2008) and John Pegg (b.1949) at Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art, 1st Floor Gallery, 17 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester from 10 Feb to 2 Mar.

The First Moderns; Art Nouveau, Nature to Abstraction, including masterpieces by the great Art Nouveau designers: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Emile Galle Louis Majorelle, Rene Lalique, Josef Hoffmann, Alphonse Mucha and many more.  In the Sainsbury Centre’s new Modernisms gallery, University of East Anglia, Norwich until 4 Dec.  01603 593199
Fascinating Mummies – featuring treasures from two of the world’s great ancient Egyptian collections with objects dating back as far as 4000 BC.  At National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh from 11 Feb to 27 May.

The Road is Wider than Long: Roland Penrose and British Surrealism at Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Commercial Road, Southampton from 9 Feb to 13 May.

Land and Horse: An exhibition of new oil paintings by Tory Lawrence. The artist has chosen the racehorses of Newmarket Heath as an integral part of her recent work. At The National Horseracing Museum, 99 High Street, New Market, Suffolk to 12th Feb.

Arnold Newman: 50 prints by one of the most important and distinctive photographers of the 20th century. At Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London from 18 Jan to 11 Feb.
Tel: 020 7434 4319 or visit

Pallant House Gallery: Edward Burra. Featuring some of his most famous images of cafes, bars, and nightclubs the exhibitions gives a unique opportunity to reassess Burra’s extraordinary creativity and impressive legacy. Until 19 Feb. 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex.

Chris Moore – Catwalking – celebrating the fashion photographer’s remarkable career with a collection of his iconic images.  At Kings Place Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 until 10 Feb.

Jon Wealleans: Take a look at the Household Shrines exhibition. Francis kyle Gallery 9 Maddox Street, London W1S 2QE. A private viewing will be held on Tuesday 13th Dec 2011 from 6:00pm-8:30pm. The exhibition continues until 15th Feb 2012. /

Prince Philip: Celebrating Ninety Years
– to mark Prince Philip’s 90th birthday on 10 June, a special exhibition in the Drawings Gallery at Windsor Castle will show photographs, memorabilia, paintings and gifts which have been selected from the Royal Collection and Royal Archives, with around a third of the exhibits from the Duke’s own collection.  Until 11 Feb 2012.

George Bain: Master of Modern Celtic Art, demonstrating the artist’s great versatility, with some 55 items, including watercolours, drawings, sculptures and jewellery, as well as archival material and objects made to Bain’s designs.  At Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh from 15 Oct to 13 Feb 2012.

Driven to Draw: 20th century drawings and sketchbooks from the Royal Academy’s Collection, revealing the richness of the RA’s rarely seen holdings of 20th century drawings and sketchbooks, including works by Lowry, Bawden, Brangwyn, Mackmurdo and Landy at the Tennant Gallery at the RA, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 from 3 Nov to 12 Feb.

Damien Hirst: Spot Prints launching brand new Spot Prints by Hirst, at Other Criteria, New Bond Street, London from 10 Jan to 14 Feb.

Sean Scully – Change and Horizontals at Timothy Taylor Gallery, 15 Carlos Place, London W1 from 13 Jan to 11 Feb.  020 7409 3344

Homage to the Hambledon Gallery: an exhibition celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the gallery with work from some of the artists who showed there, a tribute to an ongoing, vibrant artistic life in Dorset. At The Art Stable, Child Okeford Blandford, Dorset from 21 Jan to 11 Feb.
Tel: 01258 863866 or visit