Exhibitions to see in early February

Folded Beauty: Masterpieces of Linen by Joan Sallas. Sallas has based this exhibition on thorough research of court etiquette. His folded linen takes Renaissance and Baroque patterns and is displayed on an elaborately designed table, reminiscent of high-society Europe. This the first chance that UK visitors have to experience Sallas’ revived art form and the exhibition includes opportunities to meet the artist and take part in lessons to learn how the constructions are made. At The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath from 1st February- 28th April 2013. www.holburne.org

Art from Iran. Coinciding with the Edinburgh Iranian Festival, this small but exquisite exhibition includes fine examples of Iranian metalwork and ceramics from National Museums Scotland collections. The exhibit explores pieces dating from the 13th to 19th centuries and covers concepts of surface decoration, looking at how two-dimensional patterns and motifs inform the work of Iranian artists today. At The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh from 1 February – 28 April. www.nms.ac.uk

Massimo Bartolini. Renowned for experimental art, Bartolini’s work challenges our experience of space, engaging directly with the spectator. This exhibition features a major instillation and a selection of small sculptures and works on paper. 1st Feb- 14th April at The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh. www.fruitmarket.co.uk

Scottish Show 2013 – works by Scottish artists at Panter & Hall, 27 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 22 Feb. www.panterandhall.com

Light Wood Land – woodcuts, watercolours and engraved wood panels by David Risk Kennard at Young Gallery, Market Place, Salisbury from 2-23 Feb.

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Works by Phil Wagner and Jean Luc Moulène – Car tyres and metal grids, bicycle wheels and drawers: this is the detritus of East LA, salvaged from offhand discard and made newly functional and aesthetic in Wagner’s three-dimensional assemblages. His work indulges in sumptuous tensions between trash and prized object, hi and lo culture as well as painting and sculpture, creating exciting visual feasts that affirm their own unique identities within the history of painting and assemblage. Moulène is recognised for his meticulous and eclectic creative output, moving fluidly between three-dimensional work, photography, drawing and printed matter. His monochrome works on show here are executed in BIC pen ink – black, blue, green and red – applied by a flat knife, playing both with the idea of ‘paintings’, which they most resemble, and value, since a BIC pen is one of the cheapest and most ubiquitous writing tools around. At The Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, London W1 from 30 January – no end date confirmed www.theartsclub.co.uk
Cedric Morris and Christopher Wood: A Forgotten Friendship
– at Mascalls Gallery, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent until 13 Apr. www.mascallsgallery.org (see review in Country Life Jan 16, 2013)

Wendy Ramshaw – Rooms of Dreams – key pieces spanning the past 50 years of the designer who is renowned for her jewellery and large-scale public art. At Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh until 30 March. www.dovecotstudios.com

Knock Knock; Seven Artists in Hastings – work by Fiona Banner, Becky Beasley, Prof Stephen Buckley, Jane Hilton, Martin Maloney, Alessandro Raho and Mario Rossi, all of whom operate internationally but have strong affiliations to Hastings. Curated by artist Prof Gerard Hemsworth and on show at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings 2 Feb to 17 Apr. www.jerwoodgallery.org

Paula Rego: The Dame with the Goat’s Foot – new series of works by the Portuguese artist at Marlborough Gallery, London until Mar 1. www.marlboroughfineart.com

Light Show – sculptures across a spectrum of neon boxes, fluorescent tubing and LEDs by artists such as Dan Flavin, David Batchelor, Anthony McCall, Francois Morellet and Ceal Floyer, which chart the use of industrial lighting in art from the 1960s to the present. At Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London SE1 until 28 Apr.  

Painting the Light – new works by Keith Roper. The Lincolnshire artist is a member of the National Pastel Society. Many of his paintings are landscapes of the Lincolnshire countryside and Humber estuary or townscapes of Lincoln, with the cathedral as the focal point. Other subjects include York and east Yorkshire, the north-east coast, the Fens and the Solent in Hampshire, and also the north west coast of Scotland. At Kentmere House Gallery, 53 Scarcroft Hill, York from 2 Feb to 28 Mar. www.kentmerehouse.co.uk

Thomas Joshua Cooper: Messages – an exhibition of over 20 photographs by the renowned landscape photographer who for over 30 years has made landscape photographs in some of the most remote and isolated locations of the world. At Haunch of Venison, 51 Eastcastle Street, London W1 until 28 Mar. www.haunchofvenison.com

Rose Hilton: Pastels – an exhibition of her new pastels at Hilton Fine Art, 5 Margarets Buildings, Bath from 2 to 23 Feb. www.hiltonfineart.com

Vladimir Markov: Displays and Fictions – 24 photographs by the Latvian painter and art theorist (1877-1914), charting his travels across Europe in 1913 visiting ethnographic collections of sculpture, photographing and sketching storerooms and seeking to find a universal theory for the development and understanding of art. At Gallery 4, Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds until 28 April. www.henry-moore.org

Schwitters in Britain
– first major exhibition to examine the late work of Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948), one of the major artists of European Modernism and a significant figure in European Dadaism. The show focuses on his British period from his arrival as a refugee in 1940 to his death in Cumbria in 1948. At Tate Britain, Millbank, London until 12 May. www.tate.org.uk

Society of Wood Engravers 75th annual exhibition. At Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 until 10 Feb. www.banksidegallery.com

New Glass-Ancient Skill, Contemporary Artform – an exhibition of contemporary glass selected by Reino Liefkes, Head of Ceramics and Glass at the V & A, and other experts. The show began as an open submission for artists with the opportunity to show their work here at: Blackwell, Bowness on Windermere until 12 May. www.lakelandartstrust.org.uk


Outside In: National: This exhibition showcases the work of artists who might have had little or no contact with the mainstream art world and invites debate on the often controversial subject of Outsider Art. Pallant House Gallery, 9N Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex. Until 3 February. www.outside.org.uk  

Stonescapes – Landscape Art from Yorkshire
, Lancashire, Cumbria. At Clitheroe Castle museum, Castle Hill, Clitheroe, BB7 1BA. 8 December – 6 February 2013. www.gavaganart.com

Nadav Kander Bodies. 6 Women, 1 Man. A collection of honest photographs of the human form, juxtaposed from the airbrushed perfection that permeates images of nudity in popular culture. The subjects faces may be turned away from the camera but the body is offered completely. At Flowers Gallery, 21 Cork Street, London WI from 11 Jan to 9 Feb. www.flowersgallery.com

Alphabet by artist Michael Craig-Martin
. 26 screen prints in which single letters of the alphabet are overlaid with everyday objects and set against vivid monochrome colours by leading British artist Michael Craig-Martin. At The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, 12 Jan to 10 Feb. www.hants.gov.uk/wdc-gallery

Martin McGinn- Volume I.
This exhibition presents the recent work of Martin McGinn that treats art history books as still lives and explores the idea of a reproduction of a reproduction. By looking at the distance placed between a viewer and an original work of art, his work invites a re-assessment of history. At The Piper Gallery, 18 Newman Street, London W1 from 11 Jan to 8 Feb

Jean Dubuffet: Transitions – first major review in a UK public gallery for nearly 50 years of the work of this influential artists, featuring key paintings, drawings and sculpture. Dubuffet (1901-1985) is best known as the father of Art Brut (raw art). At Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester from 20 Oct to 3 Feb. www.pallant.org.uk

Pat Douthwaite: An Uncompromising Vision
– first exhibition since her death of the Scottish artist Pat Douthwaite (1934-2002), whose subjects of choice were people and later animals, especially cats; seen at Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester alongside a major show of the work of Jean Dubuffet, who influenced her work. Until 3 Feb. www.pallant.org.uk

Barbara Hepworth: The Hospital Drawings at The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire from 27 Oct to 3 Feb. www.hepworthwakefield.org

Leslie Hunter: A Life in Colour
– exhibition of works of the brilliant but still misunderstood Scottish Colourist at the Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street, London W1 until 9 Feb. 020 7409 5730

Force of Nature: Picturing Ruskin’s Landscape – taking the ideas of John Ruskin as its starting point, this new exhibition explores how historic and contemporary art has taken its inspiration from the landscape. At Millennium Gallery, 48 Arundel Gate, Sheffield. Until February 2013. www.museums-sheffield.org.uk

Frankel and Newmarket – the National Horseracing Museum’s 2012 Winter Photographic Exhibition – limited edition photographic prints by Chris Bourchier featuring the legendary racehorse. At the National Horseracing Museum, 99 High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk until 9 Feb. www.nhrm.co.uk

Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits,
taken between 2003 and 2010, shown together for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2 from 3 Oct to 3 Feb. www.npg.org/press

Jitka Hanzlova – major retrospective of the Czech-born photographer in the Robert Mapplethorpe Photography Gallery at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh from 17 Oct to 3 Feb. www.nationalgalleries.org

1913: The Shape of Time – timed to mark the eve of the centenary of an extraordinary year for sculpture, 22 works of art have been brought together, featuring artists such as de Chirico, Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Modigliani and Picasso, to explore a crucial moment in the history of modern European art. At Henry Moore Institute, The Headrow, Leeds until 17 Feb. www.henry-moore.org/hmi

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – an opportunity to step back in time and see the city of Nottingham through the eyes of some of the city’s poorest inhabitants in the 1950’s and 60’s. The thought provoking exhibition takes inspiration from Alan Sillitoe’s groundbreaking novel of 1958, later made into a film, which both focus on life in Nottingham for the working classes at a time of significant cultural and political upheaval. At the Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham from 17TH Nov to 10th Feb www.lakesidearts.org.uk

Frans Widerberg: Dreamer in Landscape; watercolours, sculpture and prints at University Gallery, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 30 Nov to 8 Feb. www.universitygallery.co.uk

Antony Gormley – ‘Model’ at White Cube
, 14-152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 until 10 Feb. www.whitecube.com

Angela Flowers at 80. New work at 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP. 4 December – 9th February 2013. www.flowersgallery.com

A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker
. A Hayward Touring exhibition opening at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, first UK exhibition to focus solely on the internationally renowned South African artist’s prints dating from 1988 to the present. At The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX. From 7 December until 3 February 2013. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Imaginary View: An Exhibition by Dan Tobin Smith and Rachel Thomas.
This exhibition shows a collection of photographs of landscapes created entirely from polystyrene. The result of the collaboration between the photographer Dan Tobin Smith and the designer Rachel Thomas. At Somerset House, The Strand, London from 18th January- 10th February.

Contemporary British Art 2013
– works by artists including Kit Allsopp, Sam Beazley, Rosemary Clunie, Denis Curry, William Cutts, Jill Fanshawe Kato, Trevor Geoghegan, James Mackinnon, Peter Messer, Diana Kerswell, Alexandra Leadbeater, Thirza Kotzen, at The Millinery Works, 85-7 Southgate Road, Islington, London N1 from 15 Jan to 3 Feb. www.millineryworks.co.uk

Steve McCurry – photographs of India, at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1 from 16 Jan to 9 Feb. www.chrisbeetlesfinephotographs.com

Ken Howard OBE RA
– an exhibition of 80 recent oil paintings to celebrate his 80th birthday. At Richard Green, 147 New Bond Street, London from 16 Jan to 2 Feb. 020 7493 3939