James Hugonin, Subodh Gupta and Childish Things among visual art highlights

Five exhibitions to look out for this autumn

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James Hugonin, Subodh Gupta and Childish Things among visual art highlights

James Hugonin

James Hugonin
A major exhibition timed to coincide with Northumberland-based abstract painter Hugonin’s 60th birthday. The exhibition will bring together seven paintings made over the past decade, showcasing the artist’s characteristic subtle style, understated clarity and slow and deliberate colour notation that relates keenly to the place in which the works are created.
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Fri 1 Oct–Fri 12 Nov.

Portrait of the Nation
While the National Portrait Gallery is not due to re-open until autumn 2011, this exhibition at the National Galleries complex provides a sneak preview of how the newly refurbished gallery will look. Works on display range from classic portraits to contemporary portraits such as Ken Currie’s ‘Three Oncologists’.
National Galleries Complex, Edinburgh, Sat 2 Oct–Fri 31 Dec.

Subodh Gupta: Take Off Your Shoes and Wash Your Hands
Programmed to mark the Commonwealth Games handover from Delhi to Glasgow, the first solo exhibition in Scotland by one of India’s foremost contemporary artists explores that country’s cultural identity on a global scale, reflecting India’s economic transformation by incorporating everyday objects into impressive large-scale artworks.
Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 8 Oct–Sun 12 Dec.

Walls of Light
Specially commissioned films by six leading Scottish artists will be screened at various venues across Glasgow to mark the Commonwealth Games handover, including Alex Hetherington’s Linda Fratianne (pictured), about the controversial US figure skater who is known for her flamboyant costumes as well as for her freestyle technique.
Various venues, Glasgow, from Thu 14 Oct.

Childish Things
Curated by David Hopkins, this exhibition focuses on the post Dada/surrealist exploration of toys and early childhood in art, bringing together seminal works from the 1980s and 1990s by international artists, which explore the theme of toys, childhood, child development and the cultural conditioning of children. The show includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Mike Kelley and Jeff Koons.
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 20 Nov–Sun 23 Jan.

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