Cork Street in January Cork Street, London W1
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At this time of year a trip into London's West End can take on a life-threatening dimension, so it's good to know that there's a world away from the fevered screams of Oxford Street. These first days of January aren't very lively ones in the art world and Cork Street is usually an oasis of calm. However, of those galleries that are open two in particular are well worth a visit.

At Michael Hue Williams Fine Art, Stephen Cox's new sculptures continue on show until 23 January. Cox is one of the finest of all living British sculptors. These latest works were inspired by music and his involvement with the opera at Glyndeborne and, as ever, they are deeply satisfying.

Down the road the Alan Cristea Gallery has a new exhibition entitled "Signature Pieces": a neat idea which groups a single work by 19 artists with little in common except that they are living, British and well known. Among the highlights are Sean Scully's Large Mirror 1 (above) and Simon Patterson's now familiar take on the London underground map The Great Bear. There's also work by Hockney, Caulfield and Hodgkin. It's a fine mix.

Michael Hue Williams Fine Art Gallery: Upstairs at 21 Cork Street, London W1 (0171-434 1318) to 23 Jan.

Alan Cristea Gallery: 31 Cork Street, London W1 (0171-439 1866) to 6 Feb

Richard Ingleby