Galleries - April 2013

PUBLIC GALLERIES BARBICAN ART GALLERY Dancing around Duchamp. Until Jun 9. Map 31 DENBIGH LIBRARY GALLERY Colin Taylor. Until Apr 20. Map 6 DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY Murillo & Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship. Until May 19. Map 18 ESTORICK COLLECTION Giorgio Morandi: Lines of Poetry. Until Apr 7. Map 31 FRUITMARKET GALLERY Massimo Bartolini. Until Apr 14. Map 3 GUILDHALL ART GALLERY Ajamu: FIERCE. Until Apr 14. Map 31 HAYWARD GALLERY Light Show. Until Apr 28. Map 30 LEAMINGTON SPA ART GALLERY From Landscape to Sculpture: John Bridgeman. Until Apr 21. Map 11 LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM A Private Palace of Art. Map 19 NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON Through American Eyes: Frederic Church. Until Apr 28. Map 29 ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS Manet: Portraying Life. Until Apr 14. Map 27 ROYAL BRITISH SOCIETY OF SCULPTORS Rob Olins. Until Apr 19. Map 20 ROYAL CAMBRIAN ACADEMY Diane Lawrenson & Louise Payne RCA. Until Apr 6. Map 6 ST DAVID’S HALL John Uzzell Edwards. Until Apr 24. Map 6 SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY Ink. Until Jun 9. Map 3 SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY of MODERN ART Scottish Colourist Series: SJ Peploe. Until Jun 23. Map 3 SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY The Modern Scot. Until Apr 7. Map 3 SERPENTINE GALLERY Rosemarie Trockel. Until Apr 7. Map 19 STANLEY SPENCER GALLERY The life and work of Sir Stanley Spencer RA. Map 15 TATE BRITAIN Schwitters in Britain. Until May 12. Map 21 TATE MODERN Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. Until May 27. Map 30 TATE ST IVES William Scott. Until May 6. Map 9 12 STAR GALLERY Cultural Citizenship. Apr 3–12. Map 21 VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM Treasures of the Royal Courts. Until Jul 14. Map 21 WATTS GALLERY A Pre-Raphaelite Journey: Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale. Until Jun 9. Map 16 PUBLIC GALLERIES - highlighting exhibitions in public spaces - see area listings for full details - PUBLIC GALLERIES 57. GALLERIES APRIL 13 continued from page 20 centre of town, and an important reminder of the place (and the region’s) crucial role in the Arts and Crafts Movement – as the HQ of C.R. Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft – is the handsomely set Court Barn Gallery. Part permanent museum, it also runs a lively programme of special exhibitions – this month Reginald Sharpley, a neglected Campden artist from between the wars – events and talks. The Little Buckland Gallery in a beautifully converted barn near Broadway specialises in showing the work of local Cotswold artists; this month it has a group of largely abstract and semi-abstract work – on the evidence here there’s a lot of real talent in “them thar hills”! Slipping eastwards across the Gloucester border into Warwickshire, the artistic pleasures continue undiminished, with Sara Stoten’s well-regarded and long-established Stour Gallery in Shipston-on-Stour continuing to punch well above its weight with, currently, a delightful show, of the well-regarded Cornwall-based painter Simon Pooley’s richly coloured, strongly constructed landscapes. Full of a sense of the mystery and antiquity of the landscape, he just seems to be getting better and better. Head north now for one of the region’s real bonus artistic treats, Compton Verney, a private foundation in a stunning country house putting on museum quality exhibitions of real importance. Their present spectacular show Bellini, Botticelli, Titian . . . 500 years of Italian Art comprises some 40 of Glasgow Museums’ world class Italian paintings from 1400-1900. The title tells you everything you need to know about why you should go. Then stretching the Cotswold definition to its northern limit head off west into Worcestershire, to the GreenStage Gallery. Located in a large complex known as the Hop Pocket Craft Centre, it takes its name from the green hops formerly stored in the building and which, as the owners point out, makes an interesting metaphor for the fresh and vibrant art they aim to show there – this month the gifted Herefordshire-based ceramic artist Pierre Williams. Finally, at the other extreme of the region, Wiltshire to be precise, and, again, totally unlike anything else we have considered so far, there is the quiet excellence of the Rabley Drawing Centre with its immaculately presented exhibition programme, currently printmaker Sandy Sykes and top-notch prints from the Hugh Stoneman Archive. With its ongoing programme of teaching courses and lectures this is a place to be treasured. N icholas Usherwood