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Man Ray exhibition among highlights of 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Was Man Ray an innovative, mercurial photographer or a shallow, celebrity-obsessed snapper?

Man Ray was the perfect chronicler in a new age of cinema images, magazine scoops and celebrity culture. But was he a great artist himself, or a three-hit wonder? The Man Ray images most people know best are the 1929 solarised profile of his colleague…

Fiona Banner show The Vanity Press at 2013 Edinburgh Festival

9 Jul 2013

Turner nominee's latest show explores ideas of publication

Although this exhibition by Fiona Banner is subtitled The Vanity Press, its content will be a departure from the most familiar work she’s made through this self-published imprint. Among other artefacts, Banner has produced The Nam (a 1000-page plot…

Man Ray portraits exhibition demonstrates the artist's stature in Dada and Surrealist circles

3 Jun 2013

The exhibition features portraits of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Coco Chanel and Wallis Simpson

Vintage photographic portraits by one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century are showcased in this major retrospective show, touring from the National Portrait Gallery in London. Born Michael Emmanuel Radnitzky in 1890, Man…

Julie Brook's made, unmade

15 May 20134 stars

Fascinating multimedia installation calling upon all senses to enter landscapes' wilderness

For this large-scale multimedia collaboration with Dovecot Studios, Julie Brook has attempted to bring the wilderness with her and site it within a darkened gallery space. Although she lives on Skye, it’s the hot desert tones and ambience of her working…

Carla Scott Fullerton: Occupying Forms

11 Jul 2013

Glaswegian artist invites viewer to two-dimensional representation of our industrial environment

Coming from a rural environment, Carla Scott Fullerton’s creative process is inspired by her experience of the contrasting urban landscape. She creates her sculptural work by deconstructing architectural forms and using raw building materials based on…

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Hugh Buchanan: The Esterhazy Archive Watercolours

11 Jul 2013

British watercolour painter explores Hungarian nobility's archives

The title of this new show of 16 watercolours hung all too appropriately in Summerhall’s wood-panelled Dean’s Room, sounds as though it’s been lifted from a 1960s Cold War spy caper. But its depictions of books and documents all bundled up with brown…

Pietro Testa: Master Draughtsman and Printmaker

11 Jul 20133 stars

Baroque tortured artist pulled out of obscurity by Scottish National Gallery

Located deep within the Scottish National Gallery, this show of 29 exhibits by Baroque etcher Pietro Testa doesn’t just rescue the little-known Italian printmaker from obscurity, it also exemplifies the tortured artist of the 17th century. Shy and…

The Complaints Choir set for performance at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

The campaigning singing group idea that went global

I want my money back My job’s like a cul-de-sac And the bus is too infrequent at 6.30 Why don’t they pay me more? Life was good before And I am thirsty... So goes the chorus of ‘I Want My Money Back’, the debut song from the Complaints Choir of…

The International acts appearing at the 2013 Edinburgh Festivals

9 Jul 2013

Just 36 of the countries represented by acts appearing at the world's biggest arts festival

1 Argentina. Rodrigo Abd is a World Press Photo prizewinner (Politics). 2 Australia. David Quirk is a deadpan leftfield comic (Fringe)

The David Bowie connection: shows at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

9 Jul 2013

Musicians, artists, comedians and choreographers with a connection to David Bowie

He may not be here in the flesh at this year’s festival, but there are plenty musicians, artists, comedians and choreographers in town with a connection to the Thin White Duke. Douglas Gordon painted Self Portrait of You + Me (David Bowie)

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Five film and performance shows at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Shows from Rachel Maclean, Katri Walker, Robert Montgomery and Sarah Kenchington

Rachel Maclean This solo exhibition creates a surreal vision of nationality and identity, showing a new film and series of screenprints. Katri Walker Walker’s five-minute film draws on themes of hill running to explore our connection to the land.

Five sculpture and installation shows at the 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Work by Krijn de Koning, Sam Durant, Franz West and Gregor Schneider

Krijn de Koning For his first UK exhibition, de Koning will make some of the college’s familiar casts disappear from view through a series of platforms. Sam Durant This powerful installation invites visitors to clamber up and explore a vast wooden…

Five shows by painters at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Work by Gabriel Orozco, Peter Doig, Alberto Morrocco, John Bellany and Moyna Flannigan

Gabriel Orozco. Taking The Eye of Go as a starting point, this show focuses on the circular motif right across Orozco’s work. Dressed to Kill. A showcase of fashion, costume and dress including work by John Bellany and Moyna Flannigan.

LeithLate - various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 13 Jun 2013

17 Jun 20134 stars

Sterling art and music evening based on and around Leith Walk

If there’s one criticism of LeithLate, it’s that there’s not enough time to take it all in. With performances and exhibitions taking place in 17 venues on and around Leith Walk, three hours is nowhere near enough time to get a taste of everything. You…

ECA and GSA Degree Shows

17 Jun 20134 stars

The degree shows at Edinburgh College of Art and Glasgow School of Art provide two distinct flavours

Edinburgh College of Art ●●●● In Edinburgh, the sculpture is particularly strong. In one studio, you are greeted with Abigail McPaul’s row of bright blue trees. They are beautifully delicate, and the corresponding prints, showing close-ups of the…

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Leith Late - many-venued, multi-arts night out returns for third year

11 Jun 2013

Highlights include Wounded Knee, LAW and Sparrow and the Workshop

Back for a third year, Leith’s sprawling, many-venued, multi-arts night out returns, showcasing over 30 artists and performers across 17 venues. There will be art exhibitions, live music, spoken word and film showings, between 6-9pm. The venues span the…

Jerry Dowds & Redjade Yuan: Circadian Symphony

7 Jun 20134 stars

Glasgow School of Art graduate prize show presents two up-and-coming artists

For the RGI’s Glasgow School of Art graduate prize show, it’s enriching to see a none-more-Glasgow piece of art displayed in the window. Two sheets of bubble wrap hang floor-to-ceiling, certain of their small spherical compartments filled with coloured…

Kyla Mccallum: Foldability

3 Jun 20133 stars

Aesthetic pleasure brought to The Lighthouse by Glasgow School of Art graduate

Due to its very specific remit as a centre for design, The Lighthouse often hosts exhibitions that aren't quite exhibitions at all. Foldability is more of a product display or a craft demonstration, yet the artefacts here are beautiful to look at. Kyla…

Bronwen Sleigh: Construct

3 Jun 20134 stars

An architecture-based show that aims to capture a futuristic purity that goes beyond functionality

At first glance, this body of 38 architecture-based prints and 3D constructions looks like blueprints for some Russian Constructivist science-fiction futurescape, built for a Tarkovsky film by way of a Ladybird book. Look closer beyond the…

Ilana Halperin: the Library

3 Jun 20134 stars

Geologically-themed show repurposing museum exhibits as art

Location is everything for this new exhibition by Glasgow-based, New York-raised artist Ilana Halperin, the first recipient of an artist's fellowship at National Museums Scotland. Flying in the face of even the richest modern art's essential…

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Johanna Basford: Wonderlands

3 Jun 20134 stars

A retro-groovy, charmingly decorative array of faux Edwardiana

So Carnaby Street retro-groovy is the charmingly decorative array of Johanna Basford's faux Edwardiana inspired images that you can all but hear a wash of psychedelic harpsichords. To find a way into this first major show by the increasingly…

Full programme announced for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

30 May 2013

New shows from Ontroerend Goed, Michael Nyman and Brendon Burns among highlights

After a month of being drip fed nuggets, the full Fringe feast has been revealed, with a whopping 2,871 shows performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues across Edinburgh up for grabs. From X-rated puppet musicals and guerrilla style pop-ups to the London…

Five reason to love... David Shrigley

17 May 2013

The 2013 Turner judges praise his ‘macabre intelligence and infinite jest’ - here's why we love him

He’s a homeboy at heart In an interview with The List in 2010, Shrigley spoke of his love of the Dear Green Place: ‘I moved to Glasgow as a teenager, and I’ve lived here more than half my life now. I don’t consider Leicester, where I’m originally from…

Peles Empire: F X G

15 May 20133 stars

Multidimensional reproduction of a Peles Castle's ceramic sculpture by established artists

One possible first thought upon entering the gallery and witnessing this exhibition is that its hanging doesn't appear to have been finished. Against the austere walls of this old industrial space, featureless rectangles of concrete hang unlabelled and…

The Foamy Saliva of a Horse by Carol Bove

15 May 20134 stars

Concise, erudite and illumaniting installation which will absolutely draw you in

This exhibition at The Common Guild presents Carol Bove’s work for the first time in Britain. With an adept and highly poetic consideration of the gallery space, the show displays a variety of found objects, from driftwood, peacock feathers and…