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Vanity Fair Portraits

5 Jun 2008

We didn’t need Princess Diana to die to know we live in a celebrity-obsessed age. The love/hate relationship between the people and the famous is now more fraught than ever. Fame has never been so easy to come by, but we seem to take even greater joy in…

Foto: Modernity in Central Europe 1918-1945

5 Jun 2008

PHOTOGRAPHY Dean Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 7 Jun–Sun 31 Aug The Dean’s new exhibition argues that across Central Europe between the wars the driving force of modernity in art could be found in the field of photography. Artists and amateur practitioners…

Haptic (Group show)

5 Jun 2008

MIXED MEDIA (DESIGN) The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Wed 18 Jun–Mon 29 Sep Kenya Hara, from Tokyo’s Nippon Design Museum, has suggested a new model for design: ‘Whilst affirming scientific progress, I would like to propose that we use not technology, but the…

Paul Rooney

5 Jun 2008

VIDEO The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, until Sat 12 Jul Liverpool-based artist Paul Rooney’s two video works on show at the Collective Gallery include the newly commissioned ‘Lost High Street’ (2008), which draws on his experiences as an art student…

Three Harbours Arts Festival

22 May 2008

We’re all about the community arts festivals this week, it seems. Summer is finally coming, and we can’t think of a nicer way to spend a sunny weekend than tracking down art in unusual places. So, in East Lothian, the main premise behind the Three…

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Lucy Skaer

22 May 2008

As an artist who once claimed to have secreted moth and butterfly larvae into the Old Bailey and reportedly left a scorpion and a diamond lying side by side on an Amsterdam pavement, convention is not something we would expect of Lucy Skaer. While the…

Peter Liversidge and Fischli + Weiss

22 May 2008

PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 31 May–Sat 7 Jun If you notice smoke coming out of Edinburgh’s Ingleby Gallery towards the end of the month, you should probably investigate before you phone the fire brigade: it might just be…

X (Group Show)

22 May 2008

MIXED MEDIA Recoat Gallery, Glasgow, Sat 31 May–Wed 2 Jul Life can be tough for a young gallery, particularly when it comes to finding its niche. Yet, this has not been a problem for the team at Recoat Gallery, who are gearing up for their tenth…

Michael Stumpf: Glöckchen Whiplash

22 May 2008

SCULPTURE Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow, Sat 31 May–Thu 5 Jun Following his 2005 exhibition at Sorcha Dallas, Once, Michael Stumpf returns to the Glasgow venue with Glöckchen Whiplash, a series of new sculptural works produced at the Scottish Sculpture…

Dislocation

22 May 2008

The current exhibition at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange Gallery pairs established Edinburgh-based artist Anna Constantinou with sculptor Thomas Winstanley, who graduated from the RCA in London last year. The two bodies of work relate to each other in the…

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Adel Abdessemed: Trust Me

22 May 2008

A final opportunity to see this exhibition of work by the controversial video and installation artist Abdessemed. Works such as ‘Also Sprach Allah’ reflect the ways in which politics and religion infiltrate life on the street, exposing some ugly truths…

Leith Festival announces line up

8 May 2008

Leith provided further evidence of its status as one of the city's most vibrant areas with the launch of its annual festival. Organisers revealed that the Leith Festival would showcase its trademark brew of home grown talent, alongside big name…

Records Played Backwards

24 Apr 2008

An exhibition by a large group of international artists, which has been put together by critic and curator Daniel Baumann. This work is about ‘the space that opens up when a language, a gesture, a picture, a film is duplicated to produce a terrain where…

Enrico David: Ultra Paste

24 Apr 2008

Using drawing as a backbone but also borrowing from traditional craft techniques and stylistic design, David employs technique with mischief, playfulness, and a certain knowing crudeness; setting before us a cast of characters in theatrical situations…

Alex Frost

10 Apr 2008

‘I was asked to do a solo exhibition at the Collins gallery for Glasgow international,’ says Glasgow-based sculptor Alex Frost, ‘but the idea of putting a group show together just seemed more interesting.’ Frost and Sorcha Dallas have brought together a…

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David Sillars

10 Apr 2008

Exploring routes through pure painting, abstraction and mainstream modernism, Glasgow-based artist Sillars evokes a quasi-mystical milieu within paintings whose subjects range from Tibetan icons to distorted post-urban landscapes. Glasgow…

Enrico David

27 Mar 2008

Italian-born, London-based artist Enrico David showed the exhibition Ultra Paste in late 2007 at London’s ICA, where it received significant critical praise. In fact, since 2001 his reputation has grown so considerably he is now regarded as one of the…

Arches Theatre Festival

27 Mar 2008

‘Well, it’s kind of hard to describe. I’m sorry, I just have to meet the person whose party this is... Hello! I’m back. There are two dressing rooms which are used for musicians, and there’s a room next to it with washing machines in it, and then…

Print the Legend: the Myth of the West

27 Mar 2008

An exhibition of work by contemporary artists from the UK and Northern Europe examining our ongoing love affair with the western. The exhibition includes work by Adam Chodzko, Peter Granser, Douglas Gordon, Isaac Julien, Mike Nelson, Cornelia Parker…

Mark Wallinger

28 Feb 2008

A talk by 2007 Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger (pictured. No, really, that’s him! In the bear suit! Artists, eh?), as he takes up the position of Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, Mon 3 Mar

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Nick Evans and Tony Swain

14 Feb 2008

It seems Paul Nesbit can do no wrong at Inverleith House in the Botanic Gardens. The curator has a back catalogue of excellent exhibitions under his belt, having shown work by some of the most respected national and international artists. Following a…

Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius

14 Feb 2008

Inspired by the centenary of his birth in 2002, this exhibition is the most comprehensive overview of Adams’ career ever exhibited in the UK. Adams was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, best known for his visionary…

Lotte Gertz

14 Feb 2008

PRINTING, PAINTING AND DRAWING Mary Mary, Glasgow, until Sat 1 Mar Narrative of sorts emerges through the manipulation of formal elements in the printed, painted, drawn and collaged works of Lotte Gertz. In this, her first exhibition at Mary Mary, the…

Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius

31 Jan 2008

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY The name Ansel Adams is virtual shorthand for landscape photography at its finest. A shy child prodigy, home-schooled and self-taught to read and play music at the age of 12, the teenaged Californian first experienced…

Alan Michael: Touch Void

17 Jan 2008

PAINTING Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 19 Jan–Sat 1 Mar Graduating from Glasgow School of Art’s MFA course in 1998, 40-year-old painter Alan Michael, who remains based in the city, has built a steady reputation, with last year’s solo shows…