Our pick of this week’s art events: 14 - 20 November

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Published 14 November 2014

From Scandinavian scenes of nature and a 1980s take on Russian geometric shapes to prize-winning portrait photography.

  • Peder Balke

    National Gallery, London until 12 April 2015 While Rembrandt: The Late Works might be the hottest ticket on Trafalgar Square, the National’s show of 19th-century Norwegian painter Peder Balke – in its Sunley Room space – looks like a delightful exhibition to visit for free, displaying over 50 dramatic Scandinavian scenes that evoke the power and poetry of nature.

  • Peder Balke, The Tempest

    Peder Balke, The Tempest, 1862.

    Oil on wood panel. 12 x 16.5 cm. © The National Gallery, London.

  • Frank Stella Hon RA

    Waddington Custot Galleries, London until 13 December 2014 An exhibition on Cork Street focuses on an interesting series by American artist Frank Stella: his printed and painted takes on El Lissitzky’s illustrations of the Jewish Passover song, Had Gadya. The Russian’s geometric forms from 1919 were rethought in 1985 into lively shapes, as the Honorary Academician moved beyond minimalism to a more freeform practice.

  • Frank Stella Hon RA, Illustrations after El Lissitzky's Had Gadya: 1. One small goat papa bought for two zuzim

    Frank Stella Hon RA, Illustrations after El Lissitzky's Had Gadya: 1. One small goat papa bought for two zuzim, 1985.

    Hand coloured and collaged with varying combinations of lithographic, linoleum block, silkscreen and rubber relief printing (unique). 132.5 x 130 cm.

  • Dexter Dalwood: London Paintings

    Simon Lee Gallery, London until 24 January 2015 Painter Dexter Dalwood is known for his mysterious interiors or landscapes that associate with events of social or cultural significance, from the suicide of proto-Abstract Expressionist Arshile Gorky to the bedroom of Her Majesty the Queen. His latest series of works – all inspired by London and on show at Simon Lee, his new gallery – are more enigmatic than ever.

  • Dexter Dalwood, Double Portrait (Camden Town)

    Dexter Dalwood, Double Portrait (Camden Town), 2013.

    Oil on canvas. 150 x 200 cm.

  • Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

    National Portrait Gallery, London until 22 February 2015 The history of art exerts itself on photographers as much as other artists it seems, judging by David Titlow’s winning entry to this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. His group portrait of friends and family welcoming his dog has chiaroscuro of which Caravaggio would be proud. Over 60 other portraits are on show in the annual exhibition of the best entries.

  • David Titlow, Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow

    David Titlow, Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow, 2014.

    © David Titlow.

  • Paula Rego/Honoré Daumier: Scandal, Gossip and Other Stories

    House of Illustration, London until 22 March 2015 Following in the footsteps of the Academy’s major exhibition of the 19th-century artist Honoré Daumier, the House of Illustration pairs the Frenchman with the contemporary painter and printmaker Paula Rego. It will be interesting to see how the satirical tone of Daumier’s lithographs, commissioned for caustic newspapers such as Le Charivari, match Rego’s more mythical visions.

  • Honoré Daumier, The Crinoline in Winter, “My fair lady, shall I give you a quick brush?”, Winter Sketches Series

    Honoré Daumier, The Crinoline in Winter, “My fair lady, shall I give you a quick brush?”, Winter Sketches Series, 1858.

    Lithograph.

  • Allen Jones RA, Secretary

    Allen Jones RA, Secretary, 1972.

    Glass re-inforced polyester resin clad in leather, painted leather. 99 x 47 x 77 cm. Private Collection. Image courtesy of the artist. © Allen Jones.

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