The best art exhibitions to see this January

Drawn from Life. This exhibition, in collaboration with Green Cardamom, London, includes the work of over 40 artists exploring an expanded notion of drawing, bringing Abbot Hall’s collection of mostly Modern British art into a visual conversation with young international contemporary artists. It also features site specific artist commissions which take their inspiration from Abbot Hall’s impressive permanent collection, Georgian architecture and breathtaking environment. At Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria until 26 Mar. 01539 722464
Modern British Sculpture. An exhibition surveying British sculpture of the 20th century. At the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly. 22nd Jan – 7th April. 02073005615.

Lucien Pissarro in England: The Eragny Press 1895-1914 and British Drawings in the Age of the Eragny Press, at Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford until 13 Mar.

Lynn Chadwick: The Couple – largest exhibition of its kind to concentrate on one of the most prevalent themes of Chadwick’s artistic career: The Couple. At Pangolin London, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 until 26 Feb

Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 from 19 Jan to 25 Apr.  

Man Made; works by Phoebe Unwin at Wilkinson, 50-58 Vyner Street, London E2 until 6 Mar.

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Mischief: sculptures and drawings by Brazilian born artist Lucia Nogueira at Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge until 13 Mar.

Peter Howson at the Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 29 Jan.

William Kirk (1933-2009) – Towards Perfection. Also New Acquisitions, at the Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 29 Jan.

Wood engravings by Howard Phipps, Dorset paintings by Diana Tapping, furniture by Petter Southall at Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset until 13 Mar.

The Urethra Postcard Art of Gilbert & George, including Union Flag Picture Postcard Pictures, London Telephone Box Pictures and Flyer Pictures, at White Cube, 25-26 Mason’s Yard, London SW1 until 19 Feb.

Fred Yates, Unseen, at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 from 18 Jan to 5 Feb.

Nick White: Asperatus – solo exhibition of photographs by the Oxford based photographer at Art Jericho, 6 King Street, Oxford until 6 Feb.

Adornment and Identity: Jewellery and Costume from Oman, at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1 from 21 Jan to 11 Sep.

Chris Moore – Catwalking; From Sickert to Scully – Selected works from the Permanent Collection, both until 18 Feb, and Chris Steele-Perkins until 24 Feb, all at: University Gallery, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Barry McGlashan – The Secrets – dreams, travel and the poetry of solitude are central themes in this artist’s work, whose recent paintings shape stories and allegories into delicate images of compelling simplicity. At John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 from 29 June to 23 July.

Peter de Francia Paintings – A 90th Birthday Retrospective, at James Hyman Fine Art, 5 Savile Row, London W1 until 5 Feb.

Convulsive Beauty, Surrealist Photography and its Legacy, exploring the legacy of the Surrealist’s psychological, physical, special and sexual freedom, at James Hyman Photography, 5 Savile Row, London W1 until 5 Feb.

Harry Warmington – a display celbrating the life of this Chipping Campden silversmith and metalwork teacher, who helped to revive the Chipping Campden School of Arts and Crafts established by C R Ashbee at the turn of the 19th century. At Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucs until 17 Mar.


Albert Irvin RA: The Complete Prints and Spoilt for Choice: Prints from Advanced Graphics London, at Kings Place Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG from until 21 Jan.

Childish Things – Fantasy and Ferocity in Recent Art – works by Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Robert Gober, Susan Hiller, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons and Paul McCarthy focusing on a specific moment in the post-dada/surrealist take-up of toys and early childhood as themes in art. At the Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 until 23 Jan.

Cape Farewell; Unfold – a body of work by a diverse group of artists, musicians and other creative practitioners made in response to climate change at Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall until 22 Jan.

The Art of Faith – 3,500 Years of Art & Belief in Norfolk at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich from 2 Oct to 23 Jan.  
The Land Between Us: place, power and dislocation – an exhibition exploring today’s notions of landscape and identity by juxtaposing historic and contemporary works of art, at the Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester until 23 Jan 2011.

Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2 until 23 Jan 2011. See preview in Country Life, 27 Oct 2010.

Pioneering Painters; The Glasgow Boys 1889-1900 at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London until 23 Jan 2011. See review in Country Life Nov 10 2010

Suffering Through Conflict – solo exhibition of works by Clementine McGaw at Westminster Reference Library, 35 St Martin’s Street, London WC2 until 22 Jan. 020 7792 3882