See the best art this November

Johannes von Stumm. Having launched their 2000ft gallery space at 6 Duke Street St James’s in July, Bowman Sculpture announces an exhibition of Bavarian sculptor Johannes von Stumm. The special focus of the artist’s work lies in overcoming the difficulty of creating a mixed media work by amalgamating several conflicting materials: glass, steel, granite, wood. To do so, Von Stumm has mastered the techniques of glass blowing, stone carving and blacksmithing. 6 Duke Street St James’s, London, SW1. From 8th November. +44 20 7439 2822.

H R Bell – Looking for China.
Paintings recording the artist’s visits to China from autumn into winter, when she divided her time between the urban environment of Beijing and the countryside around Lijiang and Shaxi in Yunnan Province. At Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1 until 30 Jan.

Simon Laurie
– new paintings at Panter & Hall, 11-12 Pall Mall, London SW1 until 24 Nov.

Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War
– the National Trust brings the UK’s ‘Sistine Chapel’ to London to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. Spencer’s large scale canvases have left their permanent home at the Sandham Memorial Chapel and come to: the Terrace Rooms at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R until 26 Jan.

Stanley Spencer in Cookham
an exhibition celebrating Spencer’s response to the Picturesque Thames-side village he immortalized, in figure paintings, drawings and landscapes. At Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, Cookham until 30 Mar.

William Tillyer: Against Nature
– paintings, watercolours, sculptures and drawings by the Middlesbrough-born artist, showing his concern with colour, texture and form, at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Centre Square, Middlesbrough until 9 Feb.

Harry Steen – Cult Paintings.
Inspired by Classical culture, Steen’s surreal and mysterious painted interior and garden scenes infuse realism with the beautiful and frightening, using symbolism from these cultures. His surfaces, colours and pictorial language also point to the influence of early Renaissance artists in Venice, in particular Titian, Giorgione and Bellini. At Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 until 23 Nov.

Patrick Gibbs: Travels
– an exhibition of recent paintings, depicting places such as Burma, Kerala, Laos, Sri Lanka and Zanzibar. At The Minster Gallery, Minster Chambers, 3A Great Minster Street, Winchester until 9 Dec.

Bill Woodrow RA
– over 50 works spanning the career and exploring themes of the British sculptor’s work from the early 1970s to the present day. At The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London W1 until 16 Feb.

Ursula Leach – Landscape plotted and pieced – works interpreting the field systems and landscape around Cranborne Chase, her gloriously heightened colour reflecting the changes in crop and soil treatment. At The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset until 30 Nov.

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789-2013
– the first exhibition examining how the production and reception of art has been influenced by left-wing values, from the French Revolution to the present day. The show includes works by artists including Paul Signac, William Morris, Guy Debord and Guerrilla Girls. At Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront until 2 Feb.

November Exhibitions at the Scottish Gallery:

Adam Bruce Thomson (below): Painting the Century – exhibition showcasing the full span of the work of Thomson (1885-1976), including pre-war etchings, drawings from the Allied front and sumptuous watercolours in the Edinburgh School tradition.

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James Morrison – For Greer McKay – Move Him into the Sun – presenting a landscape imagined, as soldiers disappear towards their fate. Also: Akiko Hirai – Still Life – still life groups of bottle forms in white, black and grey alongside sensitively rendered domestic pieces in stoneware and porcelain by the Japanese ceramicist. 

Anna Gordon – Sketches – pieces by the head of Silversmithing and Jewellery Department at the Glasgow School of Art. And also works by the Japanese silversmith Yusuke Yamamoto. All at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 30 November.

Tim Hall- Above the Clouds – exhibition of photographs that explore the fragile relationship between the natural alpine world and those who live and venture within it. Coinciding with the publication of the photographer’s book of the same title. At Gallery Notting Hill, 118 Talbot Road, London W1 until 7 Dec.

Vessels – works by Victoria Kiff. From copper etching to monoprints, rich pigment applied densely to found boards and collaged surfaces, her works are formed and constructed using oil paint, paper and salvaged material, either on wood, linen, paper or board. At Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Street, London E1 until 20th Dec.

Picturing the Studio
: photographs from the Rob Dickins Collection that explore the enduring fascination with the studios of artists and how they were shown through the growing medium of photography in the 19th century. At Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey, Giuldford, Surrey until 21 Nov.

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Across The Ravaged Land: Nick Brandt. The third and final instalment of Brandt’s evocative photographic trilogy, which chart the changes and challenges effecting the natural landscapes and native wildlife of East Africa. Altas Gallery, 28 Cork Street, London W1S. 21 October- 9 November 2013.

Bringing the outside in: the Society of Wildlife Artists.
The Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists is a showcase for the very best of art inspired by the natural world. A superb mix of painting and drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1. 31 October – 10 November.

At Home in Angelsea Cottage:
an exhibition of works by Robina Jack, Nancy Taplin & Guy Taplin. A unique exhibition from a remarkably talented family of artists displaying sculpture, ceramics and mixed media paintings, the output of a year’s worth of creativity in the Taplin’s family home in Essex. Messum’s, 8 Cork Street, London W1S, 30 October- 16 November 2013, 0207 437 5545

Still Photgraphs by Robert Goldstein. New York Photographer Robert Goldstein’s exhibition draws together the raw and the refined, travelling from a transitory moment with Gilbert and George to showgirls and elephants at the circus. Whitfield Fine Art Gallery, 23 Dering Street, London W1. 24 October- 15 November 2013. 07774 167 666

Three Modern British Artists: Roger Hilton, John Wells & John McLean.
A unique opportunity to view and buy never seen before work from the estates of John Wells and Roger Hilton, alongside work of living artist John McLean, a British abstract painter. Wilson Stephens and Jones, 71 Westbourne Park Road, London W2. 11 October- 9 November 2013. 0207 221 5256

Victoria Crow: A Celebration 40 Years of Painting.
Described as one of the most original and thought-provoking painters working today, Victoria Crowe is based in both Scotland and Venice. This collection of works draws together monumental canvases, exquisite pencil studies, intricate watercolours, silkscreens and the artists own sketchbooks. Until 9th November at the Bohun Gallery, 15 Reading Rd, Henley-on- Thames.

Cloth and Memory is an exhibition which explores the idea that the touch and feel of a blanket, for instance, can evoke thoughts of our childhood. From large installations to photographs, it is a real sensory experience and brings art to life. At the Salt Mills, Yorkshire from 18 August to 3 November.

Onyeka Ibe: The first artist to show in a new Mayfair gallery is dedicated to the Nigerian artist Onyeka Ibe. Ibe’s portraits, landscapes and still lifes are quiet and reflective, meditative blocks of richly coloured paint.  Ibe’s work will be shown alongside beautifully-crafted furniture and rugs that echo the palette and structure of his paintings, to create a unique and complete living space. At Gallery Elena Shchukina, 10 Lees Place, Mayfair, London, W1 from 24 Sep to 9 Nov.

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man. This exhibition focuses on da Vinci’s ground breaking anatomical explorations during the winter of 1510-11. 240 drawings cataloguing almost every bone and muscle group and 13,000 in da Vinci’s distinctive mirror writing are on display 2 August – 10 November at The Queens Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, EH8 8DX

Rountree Tryon Galleries presents ‘Maritime Exhibition’.
Maritime paintings and works of art from 18th century to the present day. From 14th October – 9th November. 7 Bury Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y. Contact number: +44 (0)20 7839 8083

Nothing But Time: Paul Thek Revisited 1964-1987 – Curated by Kenny Schachter, this exhibition features rare works by American artist Paul Thek. Much of the content has never been displayed before in the UK and there is a wide range of works including an early sketch series of self-portraits completed by the late artist. Pace London, First Floor Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1 until 9 Nov.

Adrian Villar Rojas: Today We Reboot The Planet – The inaugural exhibition at the newly opened Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, presents a site-specific installation by Adrián Villar Rojas. One of the most exciting artists to have emerged in recent years, the Argentinian-born artist has become renowned for his large-scale sculptural works, predominantly made in clay and brick. This exhibition is one of two opening shows for the newly launched Serpentine Galleries, the other, Marisa Merz, will open concurrently at the Serpentine Gallery. Until 10 Nov at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2.

Marisa Merz – The Serpentine Galleries are pleased to present the first solo exhibition in a UK public institution of the work of artist Marisa Merz (born 1931, Turin, Italy), which will include a selection of sculptures, paintings and installations from across her remarkable fifty year career. This exhibition, will take place in the Serpentine Gallery, and will be one of two opening shows for the newly launched Serpentine Galleries. 10 Nov. Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2.

Jerwood Encounters: Family Politics.
A group exhibition which presents work by artists exploring how wider political systems are played out through representations of the family. Jerwood Visual Arts, Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London. 6 Nov to 8 Dec. + 44 (0) 20 7654 0179

Artists’ Maquettes from the Cass Sculpture Foundation. Showcasing highlights from the Cass Sculpture Foundation’s private archive of maquettes and studios for sculptures. Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex. 19 October-17 November 2013

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