See the best art this November

Louis Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets. The exhibition is a first showing of Bourgeois’s late work and reveals her use of a wide variety of materials and scales to explore the mystery and beauty of human emotions. There are deep personal references to her own life that widen to raise universal questions about life and art, particularly ideas of womanhood. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh. 26 October- 18 May 2014.

Louise Bourgeois: I Give Everything Away. This exhibition collates Bourgeois’s Insomnia Drawings (1994-95) and two sequences of much larger works on paper, When Did This Happen? (2007) and I Give Everything Away (2010). All together they reveal the close link between drawing and writing that is such a key part of her unique creative energy. The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh. 26 October- 23 February 2014.

Martin Finnin: Renegade Amongst the Dusty Nouns. An exhibition by Irish artist, Finnin, displaying oil paintings with compositions of colourful, abstracted shapes. John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle St, London, W1S. 30 October- 23 November.

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames.
Showcasing Whistler’s scenes of London the exhibition will include paintings, etchings and drawings produced during the artist’s various residences in the capital between 1859 and 1903, a transitional period in the expatriate artist’s creative development. Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich, London SE1. 16 October- 12 January 2014.

Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia.
This stunning exhibition, displays over 300 fascinating objects excavated from Lake Guatavita, near modern Bogotá in the early 20th century including ceramics and stone necklaces. British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1. 17 October- 23 March 2014.

Candy: Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Damien Hirst.
This is the first time that paintings from Hirst’s Visual Candy series have been presented together exclusively, and a candy spill work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres will serve as a counterpoint to the paintings. Blain Southern, 4 Hanover Square, London W1S. 16 October- 30 November 2013.

In and Out of Fashion: Viviane Sassen.
The only UK showing of hugely acclaimed Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen. It brings together around 50 photographic prints and vitrine displays, brimming with notes, plans and magazines, selected by the artist, as well as a specially designed installation, in which 200 images are projected onto a mirror in the centre of the exhibition. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh. 19 October- 2 February 2014.

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.

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Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen (including Norman Ackroyd, above). This portfolio of over 100 works, which includes some of the most high-profile Academicians, was presented to Her Majesty The Queen by the Royal Academy of Arts to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London SW1, 1 November- 16 March 2014,

Castiglione: Lost Genius. The UK’s first major exhibition about the Italian artist Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, the most innovative draughtsman of the 17th century with a violent and turbulent life story. Through 90 drawings and prints the exhibition positions Castiglione as one the great creative figures of the Baroque. The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London SW1, 1 November- 16 March 2014, (see review in Country Life Nov 13 2013)

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

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900.
The most ambitious survey of one of the world’s greatest artistic traditions, showing more than 70 works including some of the earliest surviving Chinese paintings. The exhibition examines the evolving aesthetic characteristic of Chinese paintings and the constant interplay between tradition and innovation. V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7, 26 October- 19 January 2014,

Turner in Brighton. The exhibition celebrates the recent acquisition of Turner’s watercolour Brighthelmstone, Sussex, and investigates how Turner perceived Brighton at the height of its development in the 1820s. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, 2 November- 2 March 2014,

Honoré Daumier. Described by Baudelaire as the artist with the capacity to capture ‘the heroism of modern life’. This exhibition will showcase every facet of Daumier’s output following a chronological span of the artist’s lifetime, which saw extensive political and social change in France. In the Sackler Wing of Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London W1 26 October – 26 January 2014,

Alan Sorrell: A Life Reconstructed. The first major survey of the work of the British artist and illustrator Alan Sorrell presenting an impressive collection of nearly 50 works spanning a diverse career as a muralist, war artist, reconstruction draughtsman of historical sites and illustrator of landscapes. Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Field, London WC2. 25 October- 25 January 2014. (see review in Country Life Oct 23 2013)

Pop Art Design. Fifty years after Pop Art exploded on to the art scene, this exhibition brings together 200 works, by over 70 artists and designers to paint a new picture of Pop Art- one that finally recognises the central role played by design. Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London EC2. 22 October- 9 February 2014.

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

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude. Brings together an outstanding group of the artist’s nudes to chart his ground-breaking approach: revealing Schiele’s technical virtuosity, highly original vision and unflinching depictions of the naked figure. The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2 23 October- 18 January 2014

Sofia Petropoulou. Abstract colourful oil paintings. Petropoulou’s work constitutes a noteworthy chapter in contemporary Greek painting. Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London SW7. 25 October- 9 November

The Male Nude: Eighteenth-century drawings from the Paris Academy. The male human figure was regarded by the Paris Academy as the very foundation of painting and sculpture. This exhibition, unprecedented in Britain, displays the Academy’s collection of nearly forty French drawings of male nude figures, in an enormous variety of poses. The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1. 24 October- 19 January 2014

Paul Rafferty.
Naturalist, light-infused, oil paintings of London scenes.
24 October- 8 November 2013. Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1

Norman Cornish: A Slice of Life. Paintings, drawings, watercolours and pastels of mining life. University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 18 October- 31 January 2014

Dandans: a Collective of Japanese Emerging Artists. Oil painting, Japanese paintings and sculpture. Browse & Darby, Cork Street, London W1, 17 October- 7 November 2013

Antiquity Unleashed: Aby Warburg, Dürer and Mantegna.
This exhibition recreates Warburg’s seminal display of drawings and engravings by Dürer and Mantegna in his 5th October 1905 lecture at Hamburg’s concert hall entitled ‘Dürer and Italian Antiquity’. The exhibition considers Warburg’s influential contribution to the study of Albrecht Dürer. The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, London WC2, 17 October- 12 January 2014

The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure. Featuring outstandingly early works by the great German Renaissance artist and includes rare drawings and prints by his contemporaries. The exhibition examines how he reinvented established artistic traditions of figurative painting through study of his own body. The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, London WC2, 17 October- 12 January 2014

Qalam: The Art of Beautiful Writing. The exhibition brings the vibrant and distinctive art form, Calligraphy, to the heart of Birmingham, showcasing historic manuscripts, decorated objects and contemporary art. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Sq, Birmingham 2 November- 26 January 2014

Birmingham Printmakers: ‘Thirty Years of Printmaking 1983-2013′. Documenting the history of printmaking in Birmingham and the printmaker’s workshop, the exhibition will include artists from Birmingham Museums’ collection such as John Howard and Jean Vaudeau. The exhibition will also include new work by current members of Birmingham Printmakers. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Sq, Birmingham. 19 October- 19 January 2013

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

Marlow Moss. A Tate touring display which surveys the work of the intriguing and eccentric British Constructivist, Moss (1889-1958), a true radical in both her work and persona. The exhibition features rarely seen paintings, reliefs and sculptures of an unjustly neglected British artist. The Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, East Sussex. 12 October 2013- 23 April 2014.

Basil Beattie: Promises, Promises.
Primarily focusing on Beattie’s new paintings complemented by a series of drawings and mixed media works, few of which have been on public display before, this exhibition explores the limits and possibilities of abstract pictorial space. In addition there is a one-room display of painting and lithographs by Philip Guston to mark the centenary of his birth. The Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, East Sussex. 12 October – 8 January 2014

Sean Scully: Triptychs. One of the most admired painters in the abstract tradition painting monumental works in oil revealing the medium’s capacity for expressive power. This is the first exhibition to explore the artist’s engagement with the triptych format from the last 40 years. Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex
2 November- 26 January 2014

The Nicholsons and their Circle: The Mill House Collection. Very influential family within the Modern British art scene during early 20th century. An exhibition of paintings and drawings featuring William Nicholson, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, and friends including Lucian Freud and John Craxton. Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex
12 October 2013-1 February 2014. (see review in Country Life 1 Jan 2014)

Art and Life. Ben Nicholson, Winfred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and Willian Staite Murray 1920-1931. A major international exhibition of work from two of the UK’s most important 20th century painters and their collaboration with their friends. 18th October- 12th January 2014 at Leeds Art Gallery. (see review in Country Life 1 Jan 2014)

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

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. 19th October to 9th November at the Bohun Gallery, 15 Reading Rd, Henley-on- Thames.

Paul Klee. The EY Exhibition- Making Visible. Witty, inventive, magical, his exquisite paintings resist easy classification. He is mentioned in the same breath as Matisse, Picasso and his Bauhaus contemporary Kandinsky. He cuts a radical figure in European modernism. His influence on abstraction can be seen in the works of Rothko, Miró and beyond. And yet, for an artist of such stature, there is still so much to discover about him. Exhibition 16th October- 9th March.

The Vanity of Small Differences – Grayson Perry’s monumental suite of 6 tapestries created last year for the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series All in the Best Possible Taste, his exploration of British taste. As part of a national and international tour, they will be on show at: Manchester Art Gallery from 24 Oct to 21 Jan 2014.


Sir Stanley Spencer; dedicated to the work of an extraordinary artist. The exhibition is dedicated to the artist Sir Stanley Spencer, one of the greatest British painters of the 20th century, who became synonymous with Cookham, the village he immortalized, which shaped his work throughout his career. Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, Cookham, Berks. From 1st April until 31st October.

 ‘The Pilgrim Coast’ – An exhibition featuring the haunting northern landscapes of painter, Ramsay Gibb. Devoid of human life these paintings are intense landscapes of hope. Until 31 Oct at the Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1.

David Kenneth’s Wood Panels – Powerstock Church has invited artist, David Risk Kennard, to hang his engraved wood panels in the village church. Until the end of Oct. Powerstock Church, Powerstock, Dorset DT6 3TE.

Joan Miro: Intimistes
– This exhibition explores the work of Joan Miro and the his close relationships with fellow artists. His work is displayed alongside that of other great Surrealists from the 20th century including Andre Masson, Alexander Calder and Henri Goetz. On display at the Connaught Brown Gallery, 2 Albemarle Street,
London W1 from 25 Sept to 31 Oct.

The Art of Plaster: Sculpture and decorative plasterwork by Geoffrey Preston. This is a rare opportunity to see decorative plasterwork by one of the UK’s leading architectural sculptors close-up. The exhibition includes panels in hand-modelled stucco and cast plaster along with design drawings and photographs of recent commissions. Lawrence House Museum, 9 Castle Street, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8BA. Until October 31st. 01566 773277

George Grosz’s Berlin: Prostitutes, Politicians, Profiteers.
Richard Nagy displays a major exhibition dedicated to George Grosz (1893-1959). This will be the first in the UK since the Royal Academy’s retrospective effort 20 years ago. The king of German satirical art, Grosz’ work has been assembled from private galleries and public collection all across the globe. As Grosz paints with a moral imperative, the show will be raising money for Global Witness, a charity working to protect communities and their environments from the effects of natural resource-related conflict and corruption. 22 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4PY. Until November 2nd. 020 7262 6400.

Anthony Bryant and Kaori Homma: At the still point…Wooden vessels and Aburdashi drawings
. An exhibition of wooden vessels made by Anthony Bryant and works on paper by Kaori Homma. Both use resources from Kestle Barton. Anthony uses its trees and Kaori Homma creates images inspired by the landscape using the Japanese mark making by fire technique, Aburidashi. Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6HU. Until 2nd November. 01326 231811

‘Layers of history’: Paintings by Rachael Burnett.
Using a multi-layered technique first seen in her paintings of the York Minster interior, Rachael has created a collection of images from the Yorkshire Dales. Kentmere House Gallery, 53 Scarcroft Hill, York YO24 1DF. Until 3rd November, weekends only. www. 01904 656507

No Foreign Lands: Peter Doig – this important exhibition focuses on recurrence of detail. Accompanied by a catalogue of essays by the curator of the Scottish National Gallery, and the curator of Contemporary Art in Montreal. 3 August – 3 November in the Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Witches and Wicked Bodies. This is the first major exhibition which discusses 500 years of ‘wicked history.’ The fascination of art with witches is explored alongside the dark origins of the classic witch image and a diverse visual tradition. This display features work by a broad range of artists form the past 500 years including William Blake and Salvator Rosa. 27 July – 3 November at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Mordern Two), 73 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS (see review in Country Life July 31 2013)

Perspectives on Love: An insight into the passionate inner life of Stanley Spencer, a theme of the show comprises his two marriages. 28th March – 3rd November. Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, Cookham, Berks.

Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill. A displey of the work of the influential designer, presenting a glorious abundance of pictorial maps and rarely-seen original artwork, including posters, personal papers and artifacts unearthed at Gill’s remote Sussex cottage. PM Gallery & Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London, W5 5EQ. Until 2nd November. 020 8567 1227

Frank Holl: Emerging From The Shadows. Watts Gallery presents the first major retropective exhibition in more than 100 years of the eminent Victorian artist, Frank Holl RA (1845-1888). For the first time, this exhibition will bring together 27 of his major works to examine how, during his short career, the artist became a distinct and insightful voice in British painting. From 18th June – 3rd November. Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1DQ. Contact number: 01483 813588

Studio Silver Today – put on in collaboration with the National Trust, this exhibition broadens awareness of today’s modern silver movement, telling the story of the Goldsmiths’ Company and focusing on the work of Wales based silversmith Rauni Higson. At Erddig House, Near Wrexham, North Wales from 9 Mar until Nov 2.

Gangsters & Gunslingers: The Good, the Bad & the Memorabilia. Bringing together two defining chapters in the history of the US that shaped its national identity: the Wild West (mid 1860s to late 1880s) and the wild years of the Prohibition/Depression era (1920s and early 1930s) Each epoch produced legendary characters – Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, Bonnie and Clyde to name a few. For this show, the American Museum will show treasures from the Americana collection and Hollywood archive of David Gainsborough Roberts, including native American weapons confiscated in reprisal for the Batle of Little Big Horn, Custer’s Last Stand in Montana; the watch worn by Clyde Barrow when he was gunned down with Bonnie Parker in 1934; silver cigarette cases presented by Chicago mob boss John Torrio to his successor, Al Capone. At the American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath from 23 Mar to 3 Nov.

James Tissot: Painting the Victorian Woman
– exploring the representation of women in the work of the French born artist (1836-1902). The show features loans from Tate and several regional art galleries. At The Hepworth Wakefield until 3 Nov.

Rob and Nick Carter: Transforming
– The Fine Art Society Contemporary presents a major solo exhibition for British artist duo Rob and Nick Carter marking 15 years of their artistic collaboration. Transforming presents a body of work that reengages with art of the past, harnessing the most cutting edge new media to create a sustained engagement with old and modern masters. Until 2 Nov at The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London W1.

Sally Mitchell Fine Arts Autumn Exhibition
– An exhibition of original paintings by Malcolm Coward, Paul Doyle, Debbie Gillingham, Fred Haycock, John Trickett, and Jonathan Walker. Until 2 Nov at Sally Mitchell’s Gallery, The Newcastle Arms, Tuxford, Newark, Notts, NG22 0LA.

Philip Sutton: Flowers and Portraits – Focusing on the natural environment, Philip Sutton’s paintings strongly feature the flora and fauna of the Welsh coastline. This exhibition presents current and older paintings which provide the viewer with an experience far away from traditional still lifes. The Richmond Hill Gallery Richmond, Surrey TW10 6QX from 3 Oct to 3 Nov.

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