Hitlist - the best exhibitions

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  • 23 August 2007
Picasso on Paper

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Picasso on Paper An exhibition of drawings, prints and illustrated books spanning the career of one of the 20th century’s most important artists. Picasso’s early work gave those artists who followed him a route into pure abstraction, with his later surrealist-inspired works demonstrating a mastery of the human form and his inexhaustible artistic vision. Dean Gallery, 624 6200, until 23 Sep, daily, 10am–5pm, £6 (£4).

Richard Long: Walking and Marking As one of this country’s most important land artists, Long takes over the SNGMA with works that record and relate to his treks around the world. Paintings, photographs and sculptures spill out into the surrounding landscape, with mud and rocks from the surrounding countryside used as raw materials for his installations. SNGMA, 624 6200, until 21 Oct, daily 10am–5pm, £6 (£4).

Warhol: A Celebration of Life . . . And Death The first major exhibition of the American pop artist’s work in Scotland for a decade. Many of the works on show come from the recently purchased Anthony d’Offay collection, and act as testament to Warhol’s genius. Expect Lizas, Marilyns, and dollar signs aplenty in this celebration of materialism and mortality. National Gallery of Scotland, 624 6200, until 7 Oct, Mon–Wed & Fri–Sun 10am–7pm, £8 (£6).

David Batchelor Multicoloured, glowing plastic constructions fill the galleries at the Talbot Rice. Batchelor creates neo-pop installations that challenge our ‘chromophobia’. Concerned with ideas of urbanism and consumption, the artist and author has scoured the pound shops of East London to create a gaudy grotto. Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, 650 2210, until 29 Sep, Tue–Sat 10am–5pm, free.

Picasso on Paper

A selection of around 120 graphic works spanning across 70 years of Picasso's professional life. Complex passions concerning women, politics, roguish love affairs and ruthless war strategies run deep, but at the same time are beautifully expressed in the simplest of graphic lines. A remarkable collection. Run in…

Picasso: Fired with Passion

  • 4 stars

A newly-created exhibition of Picasso's ceramics, metalwork and lithography, from the period 1947-1955. The ceramics themselves are not as overly imposing as the sensationalist title might suggest; the exhibition is instead dominated by a succession of biographical texts, which can feel uncomfortably invasive. Run in…

Richard Long: Walking and Marking

  • 4 stars

As one of this country's most important land artists, Long takes over the SNGMA with works that record and relate to his treks around the world. Paintings, photographs and sculptures spill out into the surrounding landscape, with mud and rocks from the surrounding countryside used as raw materials for his installations.

David Batchelor: Unplugged

  • 4 stars

Excessive, riotous, celebratory accumulations of coloured objects arranged into clustered sculptures that focuses attention on the hidden beauty of throwaway consumer kitsch.

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