18 GALLERIES DECEMBER 2017 A 3 6 1 A 4 6 A 3 8 A 4 6 A 3 4 A 4 9 A 4 4 2 A4 65 A 4 1 0 3 A 4 7 A 4 1 A38 A516 M 5 M 6 M 4 0 M 5 0 M54 M42 M6 Shropshire Herefordshire Wor stershire ce Warw dshire St ffa or SHIPSTON ON STOUR BANBURY LEAMINGTON SPA WARWICK HENLEY IN ARDEN BROADWAY WINCHCOMBE HEREFORD BISHOPS FROME LEOMINSTER LUDLOW MUCH WENLOCK BRIDGNORTH WOLVERHAMPTON KIDDERMINSTER WALSALL WORCESTER TEWKESBURY SHREWSBURY BURTON UPON T TELFORD KINGSWINFORD ASTON NORTH CLAINES STOURBRIDGE CASTLE DONINGTON KINETON LICHFIELD OSWESTRY WELSHPOOL BIRMINGHAM COVENTRY DERBY LEIC d a b c MAP 7 ENGLAND MIDLANDS HEREFORDSHIRE a OLD CHAPEL GALLERY East Street, Pembridge, Herefords HR6 9HB An eclectic collection of the best of British fine art and craft. *See Christmas feature. daily 11–5, Sun 11–4, Tue by appt t 01544 388842 t @chapelgallery f OldChapelGallery SHROPSHIRE b TWENTY TWENTY GALLERY 3-4 High Street, Much Wenlock, Shrops TF13 6AA Mon 11–5, Tue–Sat 10–5 t 01952 727952 t @2020Gallery b WENLOCK FINE ART 3 The Square, Much Wenlock, Shrops TF13 6LX Specialising in Twentieth and Twenty First Century British Paintings. Mon–Sat 10–5 or by appt t 01952 728232 WARWICKSHIRE c COMPTON VERNEY Warwicks, CV35 9HZ Quentin Blake: Inside Stories. Until Dec 17. Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane: The Lost Words. Until Dec 17. Enjoy the wit of some of Blake’s best loved illustrations combined with the talents of Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris to celebrate the relationship between language and the living world. Tue–Sun 11–5 t 01926 645500 t @ComptonVerney f ComptonVerney d LEAMINGTON SPA ART GALLERY & MUSEUM The Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwicks CV32 4AA The Benevolent Despot: Alderman Alfred Holt (1858– 1943) and the foundation of Leamington Art Gallery. Until Jan 7. A selection of pictures and objects donated by Alfred Holt to Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. Complemented by photographs, paintings and local history items. Tue–Sat 10.45–5, Sun & BHols 11–4 t 01926 742700 t @LeamSpaArtGall f Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum Writings on Art and Anti-Art, by Dawn Ades, edited by Doro Globus, Ridinghouse £20 In a hefty compilation of essays, Dawn Ades explores and expands the history of Surrealism, Dada, abstraction and Latin American art. Her writing can be tough but at the same time her essays can contain clear and concise summaries of subjects including anything from automatic drawing, art posters and fetishism. Thematic groupings, such as ‘gender and identity’ and ‘the photographic image’ tie the pieces together, as do regular appearances from, for example, British artists (Bacon, Moore, Paolozzi), who are allotted equal space to that of Miro and Duchamp. The preliminary pages of the volume are devoted to a Q&A with the author on her career and the nature of art history – best to dive straight into the articles and circle back to this at the end. F rances Allitt BOOK review