Best of 2011: Visual Art
The best exhibitions in Scotland in 2011 including Jeremy Millar, August Sander and BAS7
Jeremy Millar: Resemblances, Sympathies and Other Acts
Many artists use their own bodies as the basis for their work, but few have done it so literally as Jeremy Millar. A life-sized silicon cast of the artist, entitled ‘Self Portrait as a Drowned Man (The Willows)’ formed the centrepiece of this collection of sculptures, film works and objects inspired by Millar’s fascination with the history of culture.
CCA, Glasgow, Mar.
Interview: Jeremy Millar
August Sander: People of the 20th Century
The pioneering German photographer’s multi-faceted portrait of the society he lived in was the basis for this exceptional exhibition at the Dean. Sander’s images of people from across the social strata of Weimar society, from 1910 to the 1940s, included workmen, artists, industrialists, Nazis, students and even the dead in a fascinating and complex body of work.
Modern Art Gallery II, Edinburgh, Mar.
Original review - August Sander: People of the 20th Century
British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet
A major cultural highlight of 2011, this touring exhibition of works by some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world arrived in Glasgow for the first time in over 20 years. Showing across three venues over several months, the show featured contributions from long-established artists such as Alasdair Gray and Sarah Lucas as well as hot young talents Karla Black, Luke Fowler and Charles Avery.
CCA, GoMA and Tramway, Glasgow, May.
Scottish artist highlights from the 2011 British Art Show
The David Lomas-curated exhibition brought together painters, sculptors, filmmakers and photographers in a muscular exploration of the myth about the youth who fell in love with his own reflection. Among the works on display were Salvador Dalì’s ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ and Jean Cocteau’s Orphee as well as works by Cecil Beaton, Claude Cahun and Willard Maas.
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, May.
Original review - Narcissus Reflected
David Mach: Precious Light
The Fife-born artist’s epic tribute to the King James Bible (which turns 400 this year) stood out at this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, largely thanks to a trio of immense wire sculptures depicting the crucifixion. The three-storey exhibition also featured numerous large-scale collages and a studio where Mach and his assistants could be seen at work.
City Art Centre, Edinburgh, August.
Oiginal review - David Mach: Precious Light