The best art to see this month


New work by Patricia Cain, Kirstie Cohen and Henry Fraser. Cain’s work is the result of a three month residency in Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham’s studio outside St Andrews, and her move to a new rural home; Cohen does landscapes – ‘a moment of vastness in a changing sky, the roll of the sea’; Fraser does portraits – ‘what at first appears naïve, at deeper inspection shows subtle mastery of his brush. A single gesture contains everything’. At Kilmorack Gallery, The Old Kilmorack Church, by Beauly, Invernessshire 22 Mar to 3 May.

New World, Old Maps
– a rotating display of the acclaimed historic map collection formed by Dallas Pratt, co-founder of the American Museum in Britain, celebrating the publication Mapping the New World. Mr Pratt gave the Museum over 200 Renaissance maps of the New World in 1988, one of the finest holdings of printed world maps in existence. At the American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath 22 Mar-2 Nov.

Essex House Press types: C R Ashbee and his circle. The 90 or so books published by the Essex House Press clearly reflect Ashbee’s interests and friendships; he saw his work as a direct descent from the writings and example of John Ruskin and William Morris and many of the books printed emphasise this link, as well as illustrating the highlights, as he saw them, of British literature and poetry and promoting the established church. At Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucs 21 Mar- 8 June.

Madeline Mackay: Out of the Land
– prints and drawings that reflect her upbringing in the flow country, exploring the nature of the land through the creatures that inhabit it, with a group of prints and drawings relating to birds. The present exhibition draws heavily on her residency on the remote Aland islands 80 miles off Finland in the Baltic Sea. At the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Woodruffs Farm, Woodruffs Lane, Egdean, Pulborough, West Sussex from Mar 23 to Apr 5.

Nicola Toms: Charcoal, Clay and Bronze – drawings and sculpture bringing together life-size charcoal drawings of thoroughbred horses, cattle and whippets and vigorously observed animal bronzes, prints and relief work. At the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Woodruffs Farm, Woodruffs Lane, Egdean, Pulborough, West Sussex from Mar 23 to Apr 5.

Untold Stories – an exhibition of new works by Daniel Ablitt exploring themes of memory and place in dreamlike paintings that are often likened to the works of Peter Doig. At McAllister Thomas Fine Art, 117 High Street, Godalming, Surrey until1 April.

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In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh until 20 July. 0131 556 5100.

Alex Katz 70s/80s/90s – at Timothy Taylor Gallery, 15 Carlos Place, London W1 until 17 April.

William Peers – Carving in Marble, with 18 sculptures each carved from a single block of Portuguese marble. At John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 26 April.

Land, Sea, Sky – paintings by Russell Frampton, Fergus Hare, Simon Ledson and Boo Mallinson at Highgate Contemporary Art, 26 Highgate High Street, London N6 until 5 April.

Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, with works by artists ranging from Courbet to Lipchitz. At the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford until 22 June.

Renaissance Impressions: Chiaroscuro woodcuts from the collections of Georg Baselitz and the Albertina, Vienna – over 100 works illustrate this revolutionary yet short-lived printing technique that was used to create the first colour prints that make dramatic use of light and dark. Includes works by German artists Hans Burgkmaier and Lucas Cranach, who are believed to have pioneered the technique in 1508, as well as works by their contemporaries in France, Italy and the Netherlands. At the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 until 8 June.

Scottish Gold – a glittering array of the finest gold specimens and objects from the Hunterian collection and other institutions, exploring the use of gold in Scotland from prehistoric times to the present. At the Hunterian Art Gallery, 82 HIllhead Street, Glasgow G12 until 15 June.

Exhibition of topographical paintings from the 18th century to the present day, at Rountree Tryon Galleries, 7 Bury Street, London SW1 until 28 Mar.

Michael Craig-Martin at Chatsworth – a major display of contemporary sculpture in the garden, with new works made specifically for this show. Each work is an immense line drawing in space fabricated in steel and painted in a vibrant hue. To accompany the exhibition, inside the house, Craig-Martin brings his own approach to highlighting sculpture form the Devonshire collection, and selects visually arresting portraits for the Old Master Drawings Cabinet, including drawings by Holbein, Carracci and Ghirlandaio. At Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire until 29 June.

The Brits who Built the Modern World– The new Architecture Gallery at the Royal Institute of British Architects present its opening exhibition that will tell the story of how a single generation of architects gave 21st Century British architecture an unrivalled reputation around the world. Explores Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Nicholas Grimshaw, Michael and Patty Hopkins and Terry Farrell who have designed influential landmarks like the Reichstag. At RIBA, London W1 until 27 May.

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831
– National Museum Cardiff will be displaying John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral as part of a UK wide tour of galleries and museums. At National Museum Cardiff until 7 September.

Life and Music: An Exhibition of Recent Paintings by Roger Dellar representing people attending their daily work. At The Minster Gallery of Contemporary Art, Winchester until 28 March.

Rivals: Matisse and Picasso
– Aiden Meller Modernism presents this exhibition revealing the idea that Matisse and Picasso were the very best of enemies. The idea is that the viewer is given the opportunity to trace the differences between their two modernisms but also their similarities. At Aiden Meller Modernism, Oxford until 14 April.

20 Years in Photography: Anniversary Exhibition, at Atlas Gallery, London W1U until 26 April.

The Great War in Portraits– The exhibition will be the start of a four-year programme at the National Portrait Gallery and will show how the First World War was depicted and reported through a degree of visual detail. Includes iconic portraits of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Winston Churchill. At The National Portrait Gallery, London WC2 until 15 June. (see review in Country Life Feb 19, 2014)

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013– The Scottish National Portrait Gallery brings together sixty entries of portrait photography from around the world showcasing the winner, Spencer Murphy and his portrait of Irish jump jockey Katie Walsh. At Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh until 14 June.

Fashion and Gardens: Spring/ Summer- Autumn/ Winter
– Garden Museum present the first exhibition to explore the relationship between fashion and garden design showcasing the way in which it has existed for centuries. At Garden Museum, London SE1 until 27 April. (see preview in Country Life Feb 12, 2014)

Carscapes: How the Motor Car Reshaped England- Wellington Arch present a celebration of motoring history, showcasing the impact of the car on England’s landscape. At, Wellington Arch, London EC1 until 6 July.

By George! Handel’s Music for Royal Occasions– Celebrating the 300th anniversary of George I, this exhibition explores Handel and his music for royal occasions. At The Foundling Museum, London WC1 from 7 February- 18 May.
Turning the Tide: Paintings of the Yorkshire Coast by John Thornton, at Kentmere House, York until 13 April.

Capturing the Castle: Watercolours of Windsor by Paul and Thomas Sandby- Windsor Castle present twenty views of the castle painted by 18th Century artists, Paul and Thomas Sandby. The exhibition provides a fascinating insight into life at Windsor during the reign of George III. At Windsor Castle until 5 May.

Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object– An exhibition focusing on the transformation of space with hand-blown glass sculptures. At Halcyon Gallery, London W1S until 5 April.

A Not So Still Life: Naked Portraits by Lucien Freud– Luxembourg and Dayan present two significant late paintings by Freud that focus on humans as animals and showcase his ruthless process of observation. At Luxembourg and Dayan London until 5 April.

James Turrell: Recent Works, at Pace London, W1S until 5 April.

New Art West Midlands, at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until mid May.

Grayson Perry Tapestries, at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until 11 May.

Augustus John and Gwen John – Collections from the artists. At Browse and Darby, London W1S until 10 April.

Edward Lear in Greece – A collection of watercolours by Edward Lear examining his enchanting depictions of Greek landscapes. At Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh until 8 June.

Treasures in MK – an exhibition about art in and around Milton Keynes celebrating and nurturing a dynamic and thriving artistic community. Explores Thomas Gainsborough, George Romney, William Hogarth and modern master such as Picasso and Andy Warhol. At MK Gallery, Milton Keynes until 30 March.

Palaeoscapes – Sladers Yard presents paintings from Brian Graham
, ceramics from Peter Hayes and furniture by Petter Southall. At Sladers Yard, Bridport from 1 March- 27 April.

John Ruskin: Photographer and Draughtsman – An exhibition showing how Ruskin used photography to build his understanding of landscape and architecture. At Watts Gallery, Compton until 1 June.

David Hepher: Town and Country at Flowers Gallery, London E2 until 29 March.

Heads – Selected portraits from 1550-2010 at Abbott And Holder, London WC1 until 22 March.

Landscapes of Space: Paintings and Prints by Tess Jaray at Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham until 27 April.

C A Mathew: Photographs of Spitalfields a Century ago
– An exhibition comprising of the only pictures that exist of the life of C.A Mathew showing his photographs of the streets of East London on the morning of Saturday 20th April, 1912. At Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, London until 25 April.

Ornulf Opdahl: New Paintings at University Gallery, Newcastle Upon-Tyne until 28 March.

Richard Deacon – A major exhibition of the work of Turner Prize winner, Richard Deacon, celebrating his innovative use of form and his interest in diverse ranges of materials. At Tate Britain, London until 27 April.

Hockney, Printmaker – A major exhibition coinciding with the 60th anniversary of David Hockney’s first print, Dulwich Picture Gallery are celebrating the artist’s long career as a printmaker. The show features Hockney’s two main print techniques, etching and lithography and includes early etchings done by the artist when still a student at the Royal College of Art. At Dulwich Picture Gallery, Southwark, London until 11 May.

Turner: Travels, Light and Landscape
– Lady Lever Art Gallery brings a collection of JMW Turner’s watercolours, paintings and prints from National Museum Liverpool’s outstanding Turner collection to the Wirral. At Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral until 1 June.

Dennis Creffield: Cathedrals of England and France – Charcoal drawings of English medieval cathedrals. At Pallant House Gallery, Chichester until 22 June.

Sense and Sensuality: Art Nouveau 1890-1914 – This exhibition presents mainly French Art Nouveau that explores the ideas of liberation and the questioning of values. The collection of some 65 works explores the intense emotional maelstrom of the period and focuses on sexual liberation, women and the rise of feminism and youth revolution. At Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich until 14 December.

Art and Life – A major international exhibition of work from Ben and Winifred Nicholson exploring their contribution to modernism and the visual culture of the 20th Century. Includes a large number of pieces from private collections and many previously unseen works and looks into the way in which they were inspired by each other in their experimentations. At Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge until 11 May.

United Visual Artists: Momentum – Barbican has commissioned the art and design studio, UVA to create a new work for the Curve. Drawing on physics and digital technology, UVA are turning the Curve into a spatial instrument and are bending the concepts of movement, time, mass and space. At The Curve, Barbican Centre, London until 1 June.

Richard Hamilton – Tate Modern presents the first retrospective exhibition to showcase the full scope of Richard Hamilton’s work. Hamilton is best known for his pivotal role in the birth of pop art that will form a centerpiece of the exhibition. At Tate Modern, London until 26 May.

Home Lad, Home: The War Horse Story – paintings and charcoals by various artists revealing the thousands of horses that were taken from civilian life and prepared for use by the military. At St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington until 25 April.

Ryan Gander: The Artists Have The Keys – Leading British artist, Ryan Gander, has created new works inspired by the furniture and fittings that Erno Goldfinger designed for 2 Willow Road. His work involves a questioning of language and knowledge and is stimulated by what-ifs, rather than strict rules or limits. At 2 Willow Road, Hampstead, London NW3 until 2 November.

Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist – Tate Liverpool presents the first museum exhibition in the UK of Los Angeles based artist, Richard Hawkins. Presented in the form of scrapbooks, the exhibition traces how iconic works from Western modern art have been interpreted or twisted. At Tate Liverpool, Liverpool until 11 May.

Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain – Tate Liverpool presents an exhibition building on Raymond Williams’s study about the vocabulary of culture and society. The exhibition has a strong focus on British art of the 1980s and the many forms of oppositional politics that are portrayed. Works include manifestations of words from Williams’s book such as ‘Liberation’ and ‘Violence’. At Tate Liverpool, Liverpool from until 11 May.

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: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester from 15 Feb to June.

Moore Rodin – Among the works on display are Rodin’s magnificent bronze sculpture, Monument to the Burghers of Calais (1889), rarely removed from its usual location outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Works by Moore include the Three Piece Sculpture:Vertebrae (1968) and The Arch (1969). At Compton Verney Warwickshire until 31 August.

Outside Eye – Inside Eye – paintings and prints by Dilys Bryon showing her development from objective representation to intuitive abstraction. At the First Gallery, 1, Burnham Chase, Bitterne, Southampton from 8 March – 6 April.

Diverse Maniere: Piranese, Fantasy and Excess – the second of two exhibitions looking at the relationship between Sir John Soane and the great Italian printmaker, antiquarian and architect Giovanni Battista Piranese (1720-78). The show includes large-scale 3D prints, directly producing some of the extraordinary designs that Piranese visualized in his publications, but never actually realized. At Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A unyil 31 May.

Vikings: life and legend. A major exhibition on the Vikings, whose raiding and trading took them from Ulster to Samarkand. Includes new archaeological discoveries and objects never seen in Britain before, the star of the show being the remains of a 37 metre long Viking longship, the longest ever found, and the Vale of York hoard. At the British Museum, Museum Street, London until 22 June. (see review in Country Life Mar 5 2014)

Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation. Over 90 works on paper by some of the leading names in modern German art, drawn from the private collection of Count Christian Duerckheim. Explores Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, A R Penck, Markus Lupertz, Blinky Palermo and Sigmar Polke, all of whom migrated from East to West and redefined art in Germany in the 1960s and 70s. At the British Museum, Museum Street, London until 31 Aug.

Lydia Corbett; World in a Flower – watercolours by the half French artist who was the model for some 50 of Picasso’s paintings and drawings (the Sylvette Cycle – her name at the time was Sylvette David) and folded metal sculptures (Heads of Sylvette). She has lived in England since 1968. At Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1 until 3 April.

Tanya Brett – Recent Sculpture & Drawings 2014, at Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Par Walk, London SW10 until 29 March.

Clare Woods: Monument – large lithographs from Harewood House, at Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent until 31 May.

Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq
– an exhibition of art from the Islamic world, the centrepiece of which is a brass container inlaid with intricate scenes of courtly life in gold and silver, a masterpiece of luxury metalwork. It is uncertain exactly what this object is, but the exhibition proposes that it is a hand or shoulder bag. The show will include a life-size display recreating the lavish court scene inlaid on the lid in miniature. At The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2 until 18 May.

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