THEWINTERSHOW2006 Cyril Gerber Fine Art, 148 West Regent Street, Glasgow 9.30am-5.30pm, 0141 221 3095, www.gerberfineart.co.uk
If you have very good friends they may already have removed your Christmas gift from the walls of Gerber’s gallery, but rest assured that works which have been taken away for wrapping have been swiftly replaced. Considering that the opening display included Hornel, Fergusson, Eardley and Wisniewski, it is worth a fresh visit just to see who the management have on the bench. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and (except by appointment) December 27.
WOMENWRITERS National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London 10am-6pm, Thurs and Fri 10am-9pm, 020 7306 0055, www.npg.org.uk
A theory lurking behind the new show of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery is that the boom in women writers in the UK between 1920 and 1960 was due to the distraction of wars as a pastime for men. Certainly women grabbed the chance with both hands and were extraordinarily prolific. This show has 24 portraits, including Dorothy L Sayers and Dame Barbara Cartland, Rosamund Lehmann and Elizabeth Bowen. Photographers include Cecil Beaton, Man Ray, and Bill Brandt. All male, curiously. The gallery is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
MODERNPRINTMASTERS Watermill Gallery, Mill Street, Aberfeldy, Perthshire 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm, 01887 822896, www.aberfeldywatermill.com
The names will let you know that deep pockets are needed for present buying in Aberfeldy. There are two ceramic works by Picasso, lithographs by Matisse, Miro and Henry Moore, and prints by Bridget Riley, Barbara Hepworth and Barbara Rae. One of the biggest Christmas shows of the season is in rural Perthshire. The Hockney is still for sale, but the Hirst has been sold. It has, however, not been collected yet, so you can still go and look at it. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Clockwise fromfar left: Autumnal Landscape by Sir William MacTaggart at Cyril Gerber’s Winter Show; Between the Two by Bridget Riley at theWatermill Gallery; Mark Gerson’s photograph of Doris Lessing at the National Portrait Gallery