The very best art to see in January

Mexico- A Revolution in Art.  Focussing on the first thirty years of the twentieth century, this exhibition shows the works of famous Mexican artists, such as José Clemente Orozco, as well as artists whose work was affected by their experiences in Mexico. At the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London from until 14th April 2013.  

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 Street, Spitalfields, London
E1 from 11 Jan to 22 Feb.

Contemptible Subjects and other things of interest. An exhibition of three Royal Portrait Society Artists, Andrew James, Anastasia Pollard and Simon Davis. At The Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 14 Jan to 26 Jan.

Imaginary View: An Exhibition by Dan Tobin Smith and Rachel Thomas. This exhibition shows a collection of photographs of landscapes created entirely from polystyrene. The result of the collaboration between the photographer Dan Tobin Smith and the designer Rachel Thomas. At Somerset House, The Strand, London from 18th January- 10th February.

New Year Exhibition 2013 – paintings and sculpture by abstract artists of different nationalities – Brian Graham, Bridget Leaman, Caroline Doyle, Deborah Tarr, Fabienne Delli Zotti, Gabriele Cappelli, Hans O. Bergman, Maiju Tirri, Sofia Petropoulou, Roger Stephens, Scott Blaser and Cristiano Di Martino – whose bold use of colour, line and form creates a powerful, cohesive exhibition. At Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 until 22 Feb.

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High Resolutions, a group show of documentary photography by photographers including UNESCO-winning photographer Jeremy Hunter, Rene Burri, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, John Dominis, William Klein, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn and Cindy Sherman, Herbert Ponting, Ruth Orkin, Weegee, André Dienes, Lillian Bassman, Eve Arnold, Gered Mankowitz, Nick Brandt, Paolo Ventura, Steve MacLeod, Nathan Harger, Thomas Hoepker, and Frauke Eigen. At Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, London, W1 from 16 Jan to 16 Feb.

Uwe Wittwer: In the Middle Distance – images by the Zurich-based artist (b.1954) which explore complex themes through the transformation and distortion of European and British Old Master paintings.At Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Kendal, Cumbria from 18 Jan to 16 Mar.

Lynn Chadwick – exhibition of key works from all phases of the sculptor’s career, which will be displayed inside and on the lawns of Blackwell, Windermere, and at Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Kendal, Cumbria from 28 Mar to 15 Jun.

Percy Kelly – bringing together the Cumbrian artist’s exquisite artwork alongside his distinctive illustrated letters from the Lakeland Arts Trust collection. Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Kendal, Cumbria from 18 Jan to 1 Apr.

Contemporary British Art 2013 – works by artists including Kit Allsopp, Sam Beazley, Rosemary Clunie, Denis Curry, William Cutts, Jill Fanshawe Kato, Trevor Geoghegan, James Mackinnon, Peter Messer, Diana Kerswell, Alexandra Leadbeater, Thirza Kotzen, at The Millinery Works, 85-7 Southgate Road, Islington, London N1 from 15 Jan to 3 Feb.

Giorgio Morandi: Lines of Poetry – a career spanning exhibition of works by the master of poetic understatement Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964). At Estorick Collection, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 from 16 Jan to 7 April.

Steve McCurry
– photographs of India, at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1 from 16 Jan to 9 Feb.

Fiona Rae: New Paintings– third solo show by the British artist at Timothy Taylor Gallery, 15 Carlos Place, London W1 from 18 Jan to 23 Feb.  

Teatri d’Invenzione – first UK solo show by the acclaimed Italian artist Carlo Gavazzeni Ricordi. His evocative photos depict the monuments of Rome that lie beyond what a tourist might encounter, capturing some of the forgotten marvels of the city. He has developed new techniques of manipulating his negatives to create a painterly and illusory quality that effectively combines elements of tradition and modernity. At The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London W1 from 17 Jan to 14 Feb.

Silvia Hatzl: A Fragile Existence – inaugural UK solo exhibition by the German artist showcasing her sculptural clothing, busts and heads, which explore the illusion of clothing as a concealment of human nakedness. Her sculptures are created from varying natural materials including linen, silk, cotton and paper. At Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery, 37 Rathbone Street, London W1 from 18 Jan to 7 Mar.

Freya Pocklington – Wolves Find Dogs Delicious – curious combinations of dogs and other creatures, from insects to walking sausages,interacting in ususual scenarios where scale and species are seamlessly disregarded. At Breese Little, 30d Great Sutton Street, London EC1 from 16 Jan to 23 Feb.

Life and Laughter in the 18th century – an exhibition exploring the works of Suffolk born caricaturist Henry William Bunbury (1750-1811, whose unique take on life, his wit and satirical observations, made him a hugely influential figure of his time. At Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk from 19 Jan to 16 Mar.

Vikings! At National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh from 18 Jan to 12 May.

Minette: The Life and Letters of a Stuart Princess – a new display exploring the fascinating life of Henriette Anne Stuart (1644-1670), daughter of Charles I and youngest sister of Charles II. At the Scottish National Portrait Gallery from 19 Jan to 5 Jan 2014.

Contemporary and Modern British Prints & Paintings, featuring paintings by Mary Fedden and Mary Potter which have been in a private collection since they were purchased in the 1950s. Also prints from a portfolio produced in 1978 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Slade School of Art. And from Europe a rare pochoir by the French artist Georges Valmier and lithographs by the Italian artist Italo Valenti, a friend of the Ben Nicholsons who was collected by Jim Ede for Kettles Yard in Cambridge. At The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset from 20 Jan to 15 Feb.

Ken Howard OBE RA – an exhibition of 80 recent oil paintings to celebrate his 80th birthday. At Richard Green, 147 New Bond Street, London from 16 Jan to 2 Feb. 020 7493 3939


Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration, at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. Until 20 January.

Tracing the Century: Drawing as a Catalyst for Change, with works by artists including Sara Barker, Jasper Johns, William Kentridge, Anthony McCall, Julie Mehretu and Richard Tuttle. Coinciding with the show is a new commission by Matt Saunders in the Wolfson Gallery exploring new drawing practices. At Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool until 20 Jan.

Seduced by Art; Photography Past And Present brings together a whole host of fascinating photographs from some of the world’s most distinguished photographers, from Julia Margaret Cameron to the Helen Chadwick. The exhibition, which includes some 90 photographs, chronicles the medium’s development from its earliest beginnings in the 19th century, right up until the present day, focusing on the relationship between the painting and the photographic image. At the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London until 20th Jan

Susan Derges: Aler Brook, an exhibition accompanied by a book with poems by Thomas A Clark, at Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton Street, Londons SE1 until 19 Jan.

Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument.
Exhibiton exploring the history of one of the most celebrated art commissions in the world. Jeremy Deller, Bob and Roberta Smith and Elmgreen and Dragset, features their suggestions for the plinth. At institue of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH. 5 December – 20 January 2013.

Shadows of a Dream
An Exhibition including emotive, abstract pieces by Creative Future artists Mercedes Gil Simon, Maria Kuipers and Neal Pearce. At Wellington House
Wellington Street, Hanover, Brighton until 21 Jan.

Roy Hodrien- The Finer Things.
A collection showing the work of Roy Holdrien. At Panter & Hall, 27 Bury Street, St. James’s, London SW1 from 11 Jan to 25 Jan.

Richter and Polke,
Works on Paper from the Kunstmuseen Krefeld.
Featuring approximately 30 prints, watercolours and gouaches by Gerhard Richter (*1932) and Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) from the collection of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany. At Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, Ireland from 11 Jan to 24 Feb.