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Spencer Sweeney exhibition at Glasgow's Modern Institute

25 Feb 2014

Artist whose work explores feverish late-night New York lifestyle

'Artist, musician, DJ, club owner and playboy mystic of the land below 14th Street’ is the phrase Interview magazine used to introduce Spencer Sweeney when he met up with his friend and business partner, the rock star Andrew WK, to chat about Sweeney’s…

Major retrospective of German photographer Helga Paris set for Glasgow

25 Feb 2014

Fotografie provides intimate portrayal of postwar East Germany

This major retrospective of the German photographer Helga Paris gets its only British showing in this exhibition at Street Level Photoworks. A resident of the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin since 1966, her intimate portrayal of postwar East Germany…

Edinburgh-based Jonathan Owen exhibits at Ingleby Gallery

25 Feb 2014

'Eraser drawings' created by rubbing out characters from film stills in books

‘Acts of careful vandalism,’ is the attractive phrase Jonathan Owen uses to describe the works of art he creates. His ‘eraser drawings’, says the Edinburgh College of Art graduate, who hails from the north of England, are created by rubbing out…

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibits in Edinburgh in 2014

25 Feb 2014

Scottish National Portrait Gallery hosts worldwide photography award

After almost three months on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize moves north for its first exhibition in Scotland. ‘Since its inception in 1993, when the prize was first sponsored by the John…

Adele Patrick (ed.) - 21 Revolutions

25 Feb 20144 stars

An eye-opening collection of art and writing from a who’s who of Scottish women creatives

21 Revolutions is the culmination of celebrations marking 21 years of the Glasgow Women’s Library. This ambitious coffee-table book is a success both in terms of the quality of its content and, perhaps more significantly, in the way it shines such a…

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Artist Thomas Anderson on why you should attend All Night Horror Madness

25 Feb 2014

Brain Damage, Basket Case and more will be screening as part of the 500-minute extravaganza

On Saturday 8 March, old Edinburgh favourite the Cameo will once again be rounding up the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) horror films it can find for the eighth in its ongoing series of ever popular All Night Horror Madness events. Set…

Sonia Boyce, Pavel Büchler and Susan Hiller: Speaking in Tongues

18 Feb 20144 stars

Three artists demonstrate how memory can be moulded, shaped and customised to order

It's the sound of clacking typewriter keys that strikes you first, stepping into this show, which, in different ways, reflects on the colour of memory. In the case of all three artists, who have a long history with the CCA building, it reveals how that…

Visual art review: Summerhall's spring shows

18 Feb 20144 stars

Featuring the work of Stefan Roloff, Ian Hughes, Colin Jarvie, Harry Papadopoulos & Kevin Williamson

Loss, migration, the Holocaust and a strange form of post-apocalyptic euphoria filter in various ways through the nine new exhibitions at Summerhall. The former is seen most explicitly in Kindness of Strangers, the first UK show by German-American…

Toby Paterson: Soft Boundary

20 Jan 2014

Work by Glasgow-based artist exploring city landmarks including Red Road flats

Originally intended to be a simple series of paintings, albeit created on aluminium sheeting, Soft Boundary has taken on a new life for Glasgow-based artist Toby Paterson. ‘From gathering experiences and photographic documentation of the latest series…

Bertille Bak: Faire le mur

20 Jan 2014

Artist's film explores town of Barlin in northern France as part of Factish Field project

When it was announced that French artist Bertille Bak’s home town of Barlin, in the Pas-de-Calais region in northern France, was to be renovated as part of a programme of urban regeneration, the authorities promised much for the former mining parish.

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Alan Reid: An Absent Monument

20 Jan 2014

Second show of paintings by Texan-born artist at Mary Mary

There's something missing from Alan Reid’s second show of paintings at Mary Mary. Anyone familiar with the already hazy façades of the Texan-born artist’s work will recall how much it has been dominated by the figure of a woman: aloof, enigmatic and as…

Sarah Lucas exhibition at Glasgow Tramway

20 Jan 2014

Powerful retrospective targets the male dominated media world

When asked why the time is right for Scotland to host its first retrospective of the work of YBA Sarah Lucas, the Tramway’s director Sarah Munro is frank. ‘Her work is provocative, challenging and subverts attitudes towards the body, gender and…

Ellsworth Kelly: Twelve Colour Prints From the Artist’s Collection

20 Jan 20144 stars

Series of 12 prints covering 40 years of output by artist

Ingleby Gallery’s current exhibition showcases a series of 12 prints by Ellsworth Kelly, selected by the artist and taken from his own collection. The works span a period of 40 years; the earliest, a rectangular block filled with horizontal lines of…

Mary Modeen: the Absolutely Other

20 Jan 2014

Series of printed landscapes veering into abstraction at times

The complex relationship between identity and place propels Mary Modeen’s practice. The artist says her work begins with a consideration of place as ‘a point of contemplation – a locus of intersection between philosophic metaphysical, historic and…

Thomson & Craighead: Maps, DNA and Spam

20 Jan 2014

Largest Scottish solo show to date from artist duo explores social media

Dundee Contemporary Arts, until Sun 16 Mar *2Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead return to the city in which they met and trained in the early 1990s for what will be their largest solo show held in Scotland to date. 'Maps, DNA and Spam' looks at global…

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The best visual art shows of 2013, featuring Lucy Skaer, Louise Bourgeois and Nam June Paik

18 Dec 2013

Peter Doig and the Scotland + Venice exhibition also among the year's art highlights

Three Glasgow School of Art graduates – Corin Sworn, Duncan Campbell and Hayley Tompkins – made an impressive mark on the international art scene in Scotland’s presentation at the 55th Venice Biennale. Their acclaimed range of work at the Palazzo Pisani…

Interview: artist Alex Dordoy on new show persistencebeatsresistance

18 Dec 2013

'You're playing with the idea that these objects are trying to create an environment'

There's a sense of delving into the past in Alex Dordoy's upcoming show at Inverleith House. Instead of the intense, photorealistic paintings he has exhibited recently, for this show the GSA graduate has returned to painting on objects. He has been…

Preview of 2014: 10 cultural events you won't want to miss

17 Dec 2013

Featuring the Commonwealth Games, Drake, Dark Behaviour and Only Lovers Left Alive

The big hitters Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Even if you were the ‘forget your PE kit’ sort when you were at school, there’s little chance you’ll be able to avoid getting swept up by Commonwealth fever when it hits Glasgow at the height of…

Best Hogmanay events in Edinburgh and Glasgow 2013

12 Dec 2013

How to spend the Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Scotland

The best events in Glasgow and Edinburgh for Hogmanay 2013/2014. Plus, all the places open on New Year's Day. 1 Watch some pop lords. The former assistant editor of Smash Hits (that’s Neil Tennant, fact fans) and Chris Lowe bring their deadpan, yet…

Hot 100 2013: 100-90

11 Dec 2013

Kieran Hurley, Fern Brady and Peter Doig among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Hot 100 2013: 59-50

11 Dec 2013

Young Fathers, LuckyMe and Rally & Broad among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 39-30

11 Dec 2013

Blythe Duff, Mark Millar and Numbers among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 29-20

11 Dec 2013

Electric Frog, Peter Capaldi and Summerhall among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 19-11

11 Dec 2013

Armando Iannucci and Boards of Canada among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 10-2

11 Dec 2013

Andy Murray, Chvrches and James McAvoy among Scotland's top 10 cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.