In the frame: Edinburgh Art Festival
- Anna Millar
- 28 May 2009
The Edinburgh Art Festival shows the strength of its convictions with the launch of a bumper summer programme
Never one to be outshone by its more established August counterparts, the Edinburgh Art Festival has announced a roster of talent, with major exhibitions from world-renowned artists, as well as an extraordinary programme of sculpture work, at over 50 galleries and spaces. Highlights include never before seen studio-work of the seminal German born, American artist, Eva Hesse, to be shown at the Fruitmarket Gallery. The Institut Francais d’Ecosse will present the first Scottish showing of 19 original photographs taken between December 1929 and February 1930 by Paule Nouge – the poet, instigator and theorist of the Surrealism in Belgium. Elsewhere at Inverleith House American artist, John McCracken’s painting and sculpture will be showcased. At Stills Gallery the first solo UK show by Joachim Koester will include photographic work alongside film and video installations.
New work can be found at Doggerfisher courtesy of one this year’s Turner nominees, Lucy Skaer, while the Ingleby Gallery celebrates the first anniversary of its move to Calton Road with a former Turner prize-nominee, Edinburgh-born abstract painter Callum Innes.
Sculpture will also feature across the city with sculptural forms from Hesse, McCracken and the Wilson Twins; elsewhere, look out for a specially commissioned large-scale sculpture in reclaimed timber in Gayfield Square Gardens, creating a focal point at the top of Leith Walk. Further uptown, a daily event in the Art College quadrangle will offer a rare opportunity to watch stone sculptors in the process of creating their work.
Organiser’s of this year’s event said they were keen to build on past successes. Joanne Brown, Director of the Edinburgh Art Festival said of the line-up ‘The EAF continues to offer a vital platform for Edinburgh’s galleries and artists.’
‘This year’s exhibition programme includes work spanning the first UK shows by major international artists [and] new commissions from British artists.’
Edinburgh Art Festival runs from 5 Aug–5 Sep. www.edinburghartfestival.org