The best art to see in October

Craig Wylie – The Accusation – a new exhibition of still lifes by the award-winning artist, at Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10. 18 October –3 November.

The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart – the first exhibition to focus on Henry, Prince of Wales (1594-1612), the elder son of King James I and VI, and the first to showcase a remarkable if largely neglected period in British history, sometimes called Britain’s lost Renaissance. The exhibition will assemble for the first time an extraordinary range of painted portraits, books, architectural drawings, musical manuscripts and artefacts associated with the Prince, and his patronage of a flourishing artistic and creative community. At National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H. 18 October – 13 January 2013.

Hollywood Costume – gathering together over 100 of the most iconic costumes designed for unforgettable cinema characters over a century of film-making. For the first time, classics from the Golden Age including Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress designed by Adrian for The Wizard of Oz, Scarlett O’Hara’s green ‘curtain’ dress designed by Walter Plunkett for Gone with the Wind, and the ‘little black dress’ designed by Hubert de Givenchy for Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be united with the latest Hollywood releases including Consolata Boyle’s costumes for Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady. At Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7. 20 October – 27 January 2013.

In Front of Nature: The European Landscapes of Thomas Fearnley – the first ever UK exhibition devoted entirely to the paintings and career of one of Scandinavia’s most important painters. It tracks his grand European tours – from the northern skies of Scandinavia, through the picturesque scenery of the Alps and English Lake District, to the southern sun of the Mediterranean. At Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham. 19 October – 27 January 2013.

‘Weaving The Century: Tapestry From Dovecot Studios 1912-2012′ – an exhibition celebrating 100 years of the Dovecot Studios, including outstanding and rarely seen tapestries, rugs and designs and highlighting the relationship between the well-known artists and the weavers at the Studios. At Compton Verney, Warwickshire, from October 20 to December 16. (See review in Country Life July 11, 2012). (

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A Celebration of Nature Through the Seasons by Laura Blackwood – a month-by-month exploration of the countryside, which took  five years to complete. Through this beautifully detailed and comprehensive study Laura hopes to inspire a deeper appreciation of the beauty of nature and the significance of our essential place in it. Glasgow University,
St. Andrew’s Gallery, St. Andrew’s Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow
15th – 29th October Tel. 0141 330 3403

Collective Observations: Folklore & Photography from Benjamin Stone to Flickr – exploring the fascination that photographers have had with the rites and rituals of Britain, with contributions from Faye Claridge, Matthew Cowan, Doc Rowe, the Benjamin Stone Colleciton, Flickr and more. Curated by the Museum of British Folklore in conjunction with Towner. At Towner, Eastbourne until 6 Jan.

A Bend on the River and Other Meanderings – one man show of paintings by Richard Pikesley RWS NEAC, showing mostly Dorset beaches of Lyme Regis and Weymouth and the Rivers Axe, Yarty and Dart in Devon and including a series of paintings of Dartmoor. At the Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset from 20 Oct to 7 Nov.

Affinity – fine art photography by American artist Brad Wilson of animal portraiture, from wild cats such as lions, jaguars and cheetahs, and land mammals such as elephants and giraffes, to birds of prey. At Doinel Gallery, 18 Maddox Street, London W1 from 15-27 Oct.

Visual Diaries: Holly Drewett, Joanne Hummel-Newell and Craig Shuttlewood, bringing together Holly Drewett’s prints of journeys, landscapes, architecture and places such as India and Nepal; printed and handwritten ephemera by Joanne Hummel-Newell; and colourful paintings by Craig Shuttlewood, at New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham from 24 Oct to 14 Nov.

Jitka Hanzlova – major retrospective of the Czech-born photographer in the Robert Mapplethorpe Photography Gallery at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh from 17 Oct to 3 Feb.

Stilleven – a selling exhibition of photographs by Simon Upton at Jamb, 97 Pimlico Road, London SW1 from 18 to 27 Oct.

Impressionist and Modern Pictures – rare works on show and for sale by artists including Monet, Renoir, Van Dongena and Degas. At Trinity House Paintings, 50 Maddox Street, London W1 from 15 Oct to 16 Nov.

Gerald Laing: Prints and Multiples – a comprehensive exhibition of one of Britain’s most important and influential Pop Artists, who died last year, a retrospective of his prints and multiples from the 1960s to 2011. At Sims Reed Gallery, The Economist Building, 30 Bury Street, London SW1 from 17 Oct to 8 Nov.

The Photographers 2012 – a wonderful collection of works spanning over 200 years taken by some of the all time greatest photographers, including some by 19th and 20th century masters Herbert Ponting, Alfred Stieglitz and Irving Penn, as well as Ansel Adams, Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lee Miller, Dorothy Wilding and many others. Star pieces will be 14 rare and stunning photographs of The Queen. For sale at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Streeet, London W1 from 16 Oct to 9 Nov.

Chris Steel-Perkins: Fading Light; A Portrait of British Centenarians – the award-winning Magnum photographer became intrigued when he read the astonishing national statistic that in 2010 there were 12,640 people in the UK aged 100 and over. At University Gallery, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne from 19 Oct to 23 Nov.

Cedric Morris & Christopher Wood: A Forgotten Friendship, at The Norwich Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich from Oct 20 to Dec 31.

Norwich Castle Open Art Show 2012
at The Norwich Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich from Oct 20 to Dec 9.

Jonathan Huxley (b.1965) – Multiplex; at Crane Kalman Gallery, 178 Brompton Road, London SW3 from 18 Oct to 10 Nov.

Breed: The British and their Dogs – revealing the enduring and affectionate relationship between the British people and their dogs and explores the very beginnings of pedigree dog breeding in Britain by focusing on six pedigree dogs: bloodhound, borzoi, bulldog, collie, Irish wolfhound and Pekingnese, each of which highlights something unique about British history and culture. At the Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester until 14 April.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 from 17 to 28 Oct.

Jean Dubuffet: Transitions – first major review in a UK public gallery for nearly 50 years of the work of this influential artists, featuring key paintings, drawings and sculpture. Dubuffet (1901-1985) is best known as the father of Art Brut (raw art). At Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester from 20 Oct to 3 Feb.

Higher Ground – Prints by Gerhart Frankl (1901-1965)
– many of Frankl’s technically inventive prints grew out of sketches made while touring the Alps on his BMW motorbike in 1928. They show his concern to portray structure, space and light in nature, reacting against the emotional Expressionism of other Viennese artists, such as Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka. Complementing Frankl’s work is a selection of prints by contemporaries such as Kokoschka and Georg Ehrlich, who like Frankl emigrated to England in the 1930s to escape the persecution of Jews. At Fitzwilliam Museum, Charrington Print Room, Trumpington Street, Cambridge from 16 Oct to 30 Dec.

Doctors, Dissectiona and Resurrection Men – the early 19th century history of human dissection and the trade in dead bodies explored through dramatic evidence unearthed during excavations at the Royal London Hospital. Brings together human and animal remains, anatomical models and drawings, historical documents and original artifacts, the exhibition reveals the shadowy practices prompted by a growing demand for corpses, and the intimate relationship between the surgeon-anatomists and the resurrection men who supplied them. At the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2 from 19 Oct to 14 Apr.

Selling exhibition of art from ancient civilizations of Egypt, the Near East, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, spanning four millennia and three continents. At Rupert Wace Ancient Art, 14 Old Bond Street, London W1 from 18 Oct to 2 Nov.


The Queen: Art and Image
– remarkable images of The Queen spanning 60 years of her reign, at National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2. Until 21 October.  

House of Cards – an exhibition of contemporary sculpture by some leading contemporary artists in response to Chardin at Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Until 28 October.

Salvador Dali’s illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland – Dali worked on this project for two years, and the watercolours which are the basis of the printed illustrations were painted at his home in Cadaques in northern Spain. The finished work was published in 1969. At Christ Church Picture Gallery, Christ Church, Oxford OX1. Until 22 October.

Catherine the Great, An Enlightened Empress – marking the 250th anniversary of Catherine’s ascension to the throne, this exhibition showcases the truly spectacular collections of one of Russia’s most successful rulers, featuring objects that have never been on display before outside Russia. To include superb French silver and ceramics, important paintings acquired from France and England, imperial court costumes and uniforms, and many of the finest examples of porcelain, metal and polished stone ever made in Russia. At National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh. Until 21 October.

Sarah Lucas; Ordinary Things
– 31 sculptures that turn ‘to the sculptural rather than the sensational’, locating Lucas’s work firmly within the ‘art-historical idea of what a sculpture might be’. At Henry Moore Institute, The Headrow, Leeds from 19 Jul to 21 Oct.

The Plant Seekers – an exhibition celebrating the adventures of plant hunters, telling the story of many of history’s most important plant collectors, at The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 from 17 Jul to 21 Oct.

Edward Lear and the Scientists – a select display of rare and valuable books, drawings and lithographs showcasing Lear’s work illustrating volumes published by Fellows of the Royal Society, including John Gould’s magnificent ‘Birds of Europe’ and ‘Gleanings from the Menagerie and Aviary at Knowsley Hall’ and the framed ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’. At the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 from 29 Aug to 26 Oct.

Beyond the Limits – monumental contemporary sculpture exhibition which will present a selection of late works by Barry Flanagan RA, who is considered one of the most versatile, imaginative and radical sculptors of his generation. The works will be spread out across the 105-acre garden at Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire until 28 Oct.  

Michael Kidner: Dreams of the World Orde
r: Early Paintings at Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 from 12 Sep to 20 Oct.

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Turi Simeti; Pianissimo – Abstract works by the Sicily born artist who lives and works in Milan at The Mayor Gallery, 22a Cork Street, London W1 until 24 Oct.

Reassembling the Self – an exhibition of works in a variety of media by Susan Aldworth, who has long focused on the relationship between the physical brain and the conscious mind. They weave together art, science, psychiatry and individual histories in an extraordinary exploration of self, perception and the fragility of human identity. At Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne (0191 222 6059) 20 Sep to 24 Nov and Vane, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne ( 20 Sep to 20 Oct.
New works by Mat Collishaw, including a delicate edition of glass water pipes and a series of photographic prints, extending his previous ‘Last Meal on Death Row’ series. At Other Criteria, New Bond Street, London from 19 Sep to 23 Oct.

2012 Royal Over-Seas League Annual Scholars exhibition
presented by ROSL Arts with works in a variety of media by winners of the 2011 ROSL Travel Scholarship, artists from Australia, the Bahamas, India, Nepal and the UK, on show at gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barghouse Street, Southbank, London SE1 from 4 to 21 Oct.

Elements – new landscapes by Wendy Sutherland at Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1 until 25 Oct.

Autumn Exhibition – 20 Artists and sculptors in a converted Sussex barn and landscaped sculpture garden. Work by both established and emerging artists including Oona Campbell, David Humphreys, John Hitchens, Nicholas Turner, Paul Vanstone and Adam Binder. At Woodruffs Farm, Woodruffs Lane,
Petworth, West Sussex from 6th to 21st October. 07867978414

David Parfitt – first solo show at Messums
with 40 plus works by the accomplished draughtsman/landscape and portrait painter. A recurring theme is the River Thames. At Messum’s, 8 Cork Street, London W1 until 20 Oct.

Chloe Lamb Paintings at Cricket Fine Art, 2 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 until 20 Oct.

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