Recommended art exhibitions to see in May

Maggi Hambling: The Wave – new and challenging sea paintings by Maggi Hambling at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge until 18 July.  01223 332900

Maggi Hambling: New Sea Sculpture, Marlborough Fine Art, London from May 5- June 5.  

Three Classicists – works by Ben Pentreath, George Saumarez Smith and Francis Terry at the RIBA, Gallery 1, 66 Portland Place, London W1 from 6-29 May (see review in Country Life May 5th).

Objects of Affection: Pre-Raphaelite Portraits by John Brett at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham until 4 July.  0121 414 7333

Nairy Baghramian and Phyllida Barlow at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 from 8 May -13 June.

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David Jones (1895-1974) The Late Paintings – Mythological Studies, Chalice Paintings, Tree Drawings, Painted Inscription and Drawings of Girls from Private Collections, at Monnow Valley Arts, Middle Hunt House, Walterstone, Nr Abergavenny from 8 May – 20 June.  01873 860529

William Crozier at 80 at Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 until 29 May.

Let’s Celebrate! – A new artwork by Sally Sheinman touring five National Trust properties until October – Sudbury Hall, Staunton Harold Church, Longshaw Estate, The Workhouse Southwell and Tattershall Castle.

The South Africa Landscape. A joint enterprise by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the British Museum, this exhibition will highlight the rich diversity of plant life from South Africa’s Cape region.  Until 10th October. At the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.

Toy Boats. The exhibition explores the range of toy boats made by European manufacturers from 1850-1950, and looks at the way toy boats were marketed through advertising, packaging and catalogues. From 1st May – 31st October. At The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF.  020 8858 4422.

Peter Kinley: Paintings at Osborne Samuel, 23a Bruton Street, London W1 from 5th  May-5th  June.  020 7493 7939

Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers Annual Exhibition. The best in original printmaking, from the latest in digital and photographic technologies to the more traditional techniques of etching and relief printing. From 7th May – 6th June.  At 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH.  020 7928 7521

Into the Garden – watercolours, drawings, paintings & prints by Fay Ballard and sculpture by John de Pauley at the Summerleaze Gallery, East Knoyle, Wilts until 9th May.  01747 830790

Another Country: London Painters in Dialogue with Modern Italian Art, bringing together work of Tony Bevan, Arturo Di Stefano, Luke Elwes, Timothy Hyman, Andrzej Jackowski, Merlin James, Glenys Johnson, Alex Lowery, Lino Mannocci, Thomas Newbolt at The Estorick Collection, 29a Canonbury Square, London N1 until 20 June.  020 7704 9522

Paintings by George Devlin at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 6-21 May.

The printed image in China from 8th to 21st centuries at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1 from 6 May to 5 Sep.  020 7323 8394

New Russian Painting at Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Woodruffs Farm, Egdean, Petworth from 8-29 May.

Summer Sculpture 10, with Helen Denerley, Lawrence Dicks, Colin Hawkins, Steven Kettle, Carol Peace, Janis Ridley, Rosie Sturgis, Mike Savage, Dominic Welch at at Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Woodruffs Farm, Egdean, Petworth from 8 May-3 July.
Stephen Chambers: The Four Corners – paintings, prints, drawings and books at Kings Place Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 until 11 June.  020 7520 1485

Tatton Park Biennial 2010: Framing Identity, with works by over 20 contemporary artists and writers at Tatton Park, Cheshire from 8 May to 26 Sep;

Sculptors by – Alannah, Buck, Cat, Chelsea, Michael, Pamela and Thomas, at White Cube, Hoxton Square, London N1 from 7 May-26 June;

Angela Barrett’s illustrations for Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose at The Illustration Cupboard, Bury Street, London until 24 May

New Exhibitions at the Scottish Gallery until 29 May: Archie Forrest new paintings and bronzes; Prints by Paolozzi; abstract sculptural forms by Merete Rasmussen; Seven Danish Silversmiths.  16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh.

Spinning, weaving and dyeing in the North Cotswolds since 1900, at Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden 8 May-27 June.  01386 841951

Summer 2010 exhibition, including works by Laurence Broderick, Kirstie Cohen, Helen Denerley, Michael Forbes, Leonie Gibbs, Lotte Glob, Allan MacDonald, Alexander Stoddart, Eugenia Vronskaya and James Hawkins at Kilmorack Gallery, by Beauly 8 May-7 Aug.

Tim Head – “Raw Material” at Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 OAQ until 9 May.  01223 748100

Paul Nash: the Elements at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Until 9th May.  See Country Life review Feb 10 2010

Clouds and Myths: Monotypes by Lino Mannocci and a complementary exhibition: The Angel and the Virgin: A Brief History of the Annunciation, at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. Until 9 May.  01223 332900

Maurice Broomfield: A New Look at Industry. An exhibition of photographs documenting Britain at work in the 1950s and 1960s by the revered photographer Maurice Broomfield. At Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, P019 1TJ. Until 9th May 2010. 01243 774557

Olyvia Fine Art Presents ‘Andy Warhol: Portraits’. An exhibition of paintings, unique prints and films. Until 9th May. At Olyvia Fine Art, 17 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y 6PY. 020 7925 2986

RWA Open Painting Exhibition. Dedicated solely to the medium of painting, its aim is to embrace a broad range of styles and media. It will include the work of artists from around the county together with selected painting by invited artists. Until 9th May. At Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 IPX. 0117 973 5129

Tim Lewis: A Retrospective. Until 8th May. Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1S 3LZ.

A Critic’s Choice. Selected by Andrew Lambirth. Browse & Darby, 19 Cork Street, London W1S 3LP. Until 7 May

Patrick Procktor, Art and Life. A Retrospective Exhibition of paintings, watercolours and prints. The Redfern Gallery, 20 Cork Street, London W1S 3HL Until 13th May.