The best art to see in December and January

Subversive Design. From high fashion to high street consumerism, cheeky ceramics to controversial chairs, this exhibition will subvert all preconceptions and challenge your existing relationship with objects you use every day. Exploring how designers, makers and manufacturers react to the world around them, the exhibition will include work by a wide range of designers and makers including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and David Shringley. From 12 October 2013 – 9 March 2014 at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1EE.

Seen & Unseen Winter Exhibition 2013. Large exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics, showcasing the work of many artists who have exhibited in Linton Court Gallery during 2013. Exhibiting artists include Margaret Uttley, Katharine Holmes and Roy Hubbard and there will be an Own Art interest free purchase scheme available for work between £100 and £2000. From 10 – 21 December at Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle, North Yorkshire, BF24 9DW.

Christmas Exhibition. Long associated with figurative English painting, Browse & Darby are hosting a special Christmas Exhibition. This will showcase a range of work, including Andy Pankhurst’s Apples & Pears, Eileen Hogan’s Beehives at Little Sparta and Keith Purser’s Aulis. From 10 – 23 December 2013 at Browse & Darby, 19 Cork Street, London W1S 3LP.

Clare Leighton: Working Life.
An exhibition of the printmaker Clare Leighton, best known for her celebrated book The Farmer’s Year: A Calendar of English Husbandry, first published 80 years ago. Leighton’s work includes over 840 wood engravings, 12 books (both written and illustrated by her), paints, glass and ceramics. From 14 December 2013 – 24 February 2014 at Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TJ.

Jameel Prize 3. A showcase of all the work shortlisted for the 2013 Jameel Prize. Diverse entries in the form of a coat to a necklace to a handmade carpet compromise this exhibition inspired by the Islamic Artistic Tradition.11 December – 21 April at the V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

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The Sporting Art of Debbie Harris (above).  An exhibition of oil paintings focusing on horses and hounds. The artist is renowned for her paintings of hounds and for the energy she portrays in her monochrome studies of horses, from being ridden side -saddle to racing. At the Stockbridge Gallery, Old Post Office, High Street, Stockbridge until 9th of Jan.

GofH: A century of fine silver in Campden: A celebration of the ongoing craft traditions of the Guild of Handicraft. An exhibition highlighting the essential work of Harts Silversmiths Trust, aiming to conserve a valuable collection of drawings donated by the Hart family in Chipping Campden. Works showcased include around 3,500 drawings, which cover over 100 years, offering a unique representation of one of the most important silversmiths of the Arts & Crafts movement. From 21 December 2013 – 2 March 2014 at Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE.

Alec Kronacker: Casablanca Moon. An Installation of new painting and sculptural work by London-based artist Alec Kronacker. Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London. Until 14 Dec. + 44 (0) 20 7654 0179

Sarah Lucas: Situation – The Whitechapel Gallery presents the first major solo exhibition in London of renowned artist Sarah Lucas. Bringing together over two decades of sculpture, installation and photography, SITUATION explores Lucas’s remarkable career and assesses the vital role she plays in British art. 2 Oct to 15 Dec at Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1.

Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from the British Museum – Compton Verney will premiere this major exhibition which explores our enduring curiosity about the animal world through the beautiful and bizarre imagery found in the rich print collections of the British Museum. The exhibition features works by artists including Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and George Stubbs and demonstrates the important role printmaking has played in our understanding of the natural world. From 5 Oct to 15 Dec at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ.

+100 The London Group Today – In November 1913 Jacob Epstein coined the name for The London Group, Britain’s longest running artists’ group. A hundred years later to the day, this unique exhibition connects Britain’s leading contemporary artists to their historical counterparts. Each work on display is a response by a current London Group member to an early work by a past member on show in a the partner historical exhibition: “Uproar!” the first 50 years of The London Group 1913-1963. At The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Road, Waterloo, London SE1 8TJ, from 16 Nov – 13 Dec.

Christmas Exhibition – Small paintings, prints, drawings and ceramics from Georgina Allen, Day Bowman, Nick Carrick, Richard Devereux, Peter Joyce, Teresa Lawton, Emily Myers, Fiona Robinson and many more. At The Art Stable; Kelly Ross Fine Art, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8HB from 16th Nov to 14th Dec.  

Ivon Hitchens, Romantic Modernist – an exhibition of the artist’s oil paintings. At Richard Green, 33 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2RS, from 13th Nov to 12th Dec. Telephone: 020 7493 3939

Frederique Morrel ‘Running Tape’; a collection of fantastical forest creatures – deer, unicorns, foxes and bunnies – shed their hides in exchange for a new skin of vintage tapestries to become one-of-a-kind ‘artefacts’ by French artist Frédérique Morrel. The creations are carefully “re-made” by hand in France using fibreglass taxidermy moulds and textiles. Rescued from neglect in markets and garage sales, tapestries are given new life in these esoteric and wonderfully original pieces, which honour the love, time, craftsmanship and patience that went into their original production. At Stephanie Hoppen Gallery 17 Walton Street London SW3 until 19th December 2013.

Georgina von Etzdorf:
Paintings at Cassian de Vere Cole Fine Art, 50 Elgin Crescent, London W1 (by appointment) until 14 Dec.

Selected – contemporary Craft to Buy and Collect – a selling exhibition at Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh until 21 Dec.

Seen & Unseen Winter Exhibition 2013. Large exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics, showcasing the work of many artists who have exhibited in Linton Court Gallery during 2013. Exhibiting artists include Margaret Uttley, Katharine Holmes and Roy Hubbard and there will be an Own Art interest free purchase scheme available for work between £100 and £2000. From 10 – 21 December at Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle, North Yorkshire, BF24 9DW.

Gary Bunt. Gary Bunt’s sixth exhibition will showcase some of his paintings, which are inspired by the likes of Christopher Wood, Ben Nicholson and Mary Fedden. The self-taught artist’s latest offering is packed with nostalgic and humorous scenes of village and rural life in the 1950s. At Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1A 1RP from 5 – 19 December 2013.

Two Cities: Paintings of Jerusalem and Ramallah by Andrew Gifford at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 21 Dec.

Visions of India: Derry Moore & Prarthana Modi. Moore is a leading photographer of architectural interiors and an illustrator of books with thirty-seven portraits in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection and Modi is a photographer who captures all her images in black and white, shooting on only film with each print hand printed on silver gelatin archival paper with selenium toning. The exhibition will consist of several photographs taken in India over a period of time, showcasing the diversity of the landscape and architecture of the Indian. At Grosvenor Gallery, 21 Ryder Street, London SW1Y 6PX from 4 – 20 December 2013.

Christine Woodside: New Paintings 2013. This exhibition will showcase Woodside’s latest work, offering a survey of her various journeys over the last decade. A graduate of the famous Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Woodside’s numerous awards have brought her a large following across the country for her work inspired by visits to Morocco, Tunisia and Italy. At Panter & Hall, 11-12 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5LU from 4 – 20 December 2013.

Christmas Exhibition: New Contemporaries. An exhibition showcasing new gallery artists including Roland Corbin, Jo Oakley, Georgina Warne and Camilla Clutterbuck. Works include watercolours on paper, oil on linen, hand painted stoneware and mixed media on canvas, all of which are under £4,000. At Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 0AQ from 4 – 21 December 2013.

Mini Prints: a Printmakers Council Exhibition. With a wide range of submissions from across the globe, this exhibition will showcase the best printmakers from the USA, Australia, Japan, Sweden and the UK. The 8th International Mini Print exhibition arranged by Printmakers Council will include 200 works created in response to a challenge to create a print which is both striking and readable yet measuring only 8 by 10 cm. Prints will be for sale with prices from £40 and available for collection before Christmas. At Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent, Tn12 6LT from 5 November – 21 December 2013.

Emilio Greco: Sacred and Profane.
One of Italy’s most prominent sculpters’s work on portrait busts and sensual nudes in classical, Etruscan style as well as his religious commissions for Pope John XXIII among others is considered in this exhibition. His lifelike and thought-provoking human figures are displayed 25 September – 22 December at the Estorick Cllection, Canonbury Square, London, N1 2AN

A Time to Keep Silence: Duncan Bullen – Lutz Krainhoefner. Bullen’s practice centres around drawing reduced to the fundamental activity of placing one mark after another in predetermined and random sequence, Krainhoefner’s work lies in the search for beauty in natural materials which are often neglected. The similarity of the two make them ready for combination and this exhibition will present a series of drawings and ceramics, blurring the lines between nature and the man made in an invitation to stop and pause. At Ian Rastrick Fine Art, 38 Holywell Hill, St. Albans, AL1 1BU from 7 – 22 December 2013.

“Modern Makers”: A Ground-Breaking Selling Exhibition of Contemporary Applied Art at Chatsworth. Sotheby’s presents a selling exhibition inspired by Chatsworth and its Devonshire collection created by 16 leading international artists from a variety of materials including furniture, textiles, ceramics and metalwork. It intends to challenge the perceptions of conventional crafts practice. Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP. Until 23rd December. +44 20 7293 6000

Peter Brown; home and abroad.  180 works on show at Messums, 8 Cork Street, London W1 from 20 Nov to 24 Dec.

Masters of Modern Jewellery 2013 – exhibition of the work of 25 highly skilled jewellery makers from around the world curated by Joanna Hardy former jewellery Director of Sotheby’s and currently on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. At Beetles & Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1 until Christmas.

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.

Australia: Contemporary Voices – a presentation of work that highlights the numerous narratives that contribute to the complex, urban, immigrant and sophisticated society that is Australia. At The Fine Art Society Contemporary, 148 New Bond Street, London, from 13th Nov to 21st Dec.

An Exhibition of African Art – a showcase unique and contemporary African art from detailed drawings to diamond dust screen prints and bronzes to original photography hand printed on to slate. At The Animal Art Fair popup gallery, 273 Fulham Road, London SW10 9PZ, from 11th Nov to 22nd Dec.

Daisy Cook, Ways and Meanings – an exhibition of landscapes inspired by Robert Macfarlane’s The Old Ways, A Journey on Foot, the final book in what he describes as ‘a loose trilogy about landscape and the human heart’. These new paintings are an insightful journey between the heart and the soil, which came from walking on the tracks of antiquity. At Hilton fine art, 5 Margarets Buildings Bath, BA1 2LP, from 16th Nov to 17th Dec.

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