The best exhibitions to see in late February

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. Celebrating the work of the famous American Pop Artist, this exhibition incorporates 125 of his most definitive paintings and sculptures. At Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 21st February- 27th May.

Floriculture Flowers, Love and Money – an exhibition telling the story of the cut flower trade from the 17th century until today. It explores the inspiration of cut flowers to painters, and to the art of floristry, and their symbolism in rites of passage such as marriage, funerals and memory. At the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 until 28 Apr.

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition 2013 – works by 72 artists chosen from over 1,000 entries by Ken Howard, Andrew Lambirth, Nina Murdoch, Antony Williams and Andrew Wilton, displayed at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 from 18 Feb to 2 Mar.

The Wapping Group of Artists: London and its River – 100 works on show at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 from 24 Feb to 2 Mar.

Francis Jeans
– recent oil paintings, focusing mainly on city centres depicting people in their daily pursuits. At The John Russell Gallery, 4-6 Wherry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk until 16 Mar.

Land and Landscape: The Painting of James Morrison
– a retrospective marking the 80th birthday of one of Scotland’s finest landscape artists with works ranging from 1950s pictures of his home city Glasgow to more recent landscapes inspired by rural and coastal Scotland and trips overseas. Alongside will be a smaller show of etchings by the influential late 18th century Scottish landscape artist John Clerk of Eldin commemorating the 200th anniversary of his death. At The Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street, London W1 from 19 Feb to 6 Apr.

R B Kitaj: Obsessions – work by one of the most significant painters of the post-war period displayed concurrently in two major venues for its only UK showing, the first major retrospective showing since the artist’s controversial Tate show in the mid 1990s and the first comprehensive exhibition of his work since his death in 2007. At Pallant House Gallery, Chichester from 23 Feb to 16 June and at the Jewish Museum, Raymond Burton House, 129-31 Albert Street, London NW1 from 21 Feb to 16 June

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John Hubbard: Landscapes – a display of the American artist’s landscapes of Dorset and Cornwall, recently acquired through a gift by the Monument Trust and the artist: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester until 7 Apr.

Heath Robinson Exhibition, showcasing illustrations he produced for works by Shakespeare, Hans Christian Anderson and Rudyard Kipling as well as for his own books; plus a number of his much loved designs for eccentric contraptions and humorous drawings. At St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington until 20 April.

Art at Blackmore; an exhibition of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, photography, prints and more at Blackmore Farm, Blackmore Lane, Cannington, Nr Bridgwater, Somerset until 3 March.

Man Ray: Contacts – an extremely rare collection of Man Ray contact prints from a private collection, including some of the artist’s most celebrated images alongside rarely seen portraits of Hemingway, Picasso, Braque and James Joyce, at Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, London W1 until 30 March.

Elizabeth Frink: a Retrospective – the first in over 25 years, bringing together many of her most important works with photography, correspondence and personal items, highlights including rare early works, Riace Figures, Bird, Walking Madonna, at The Lightbox Gallery and Museum, Woking until 21 April.

Herbert Ponting, Captain Scott’s Antarctic Expedition – over 60 photos taken from the legendary 1910 British Antarctic expedition, the largest and most varied exhibition of Ponting prints ever staged in London, in association with the Scott Polar Research Institute, at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1 until 23 Mar.

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Death: The Richard Harris Collection, showcasing some 300 works from a unique collection devoted to the iconography of death and our complex and contradictory attitudes towards it. (Richard Harris, a former antique print dealer based in Chicago has made a spectacularly diverse collection, including artworks, historical artifacts, scientific specimens and ephemera from across the world. At Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 until 28 Feb.

Light Wood Land – woodcuts, watercolours and engraved wood panels by David Risk Kennard at Young Gallery, Market Place, Salisbury from 2-23 Feb.

Blood, Soil & Tears- the Macabre work of Ezra Cohen
. Cohen is part of the School of Oxford, and the first of the group to exhibit this year. He enhances his canvases with unusual materials, such as his own blood, to symbolise man’s destruction of nature, as well as it being part of his own make up. On the surface Cohen paintings are of stunning landscapes, on closer inspection they reveal darker subjects. At Meller Merceux Gallery, 105 High Street, Oxford 2 Jan to 28 Feb.

A Collection of Works by Elizabeth Cope.
An exhibition of the work of Elizabeth Cope, known for her exuberant colour, decorative power and expressionist spontaneity; painting through “the chaos of everyday life”. At Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Steet, Spitalfields, London E1 11 Jan to 22 Feb.

John Lessore: Paintings.  John Lessore’s scenes, many of Norfolk, capture homely events: as Michael Peppiatt defined it, ‘the magic in the ordinary, the memorable in the everyday’. Whether it is a group of women seen from his studio in Peckham or sunbathers on the beach in Collioure, the light (often slightly out of focus) and the colour (often slightly subdued) is sensitively calibrated. At Kings Place Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 11 Jan to 22 Feb.

Tessa Traeger’s The Chemistry of Light.
A resurrection of a large collection of 19th century photographs left to Traeger in the late 1960s. Chemistry of Light features early Daguerreotypes and waxed paper negatives as well as glass plates from the 1890. The collection (some of which are damaged) becomes a metaphor for the erosions of darkroom photography in a digitally dominated age. At Purdy Hicks, Bankside, London SE1 25 Jan to 21 Feb.

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