Hitlist - The best exhibitions

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  • 4 October 2007
Hitlist - The best exhibitions

Duncan Marquiss: The Clay Wall Marquiss has quickly become a respected and influential artist working in Scotland, and has recently received a Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen Artists Film and Video Award to continue working in the medium of film. This new piece continues his fascination with the occult and ritual, themes that he manages to handle with great ease, avoiding the ‘schlock horror’ vicissitudes that the subject matter can invoke. The Changing Room Gallery, Stirling, until Sat 27 Oct.

Alasdair Gray: 1950–2007 A retrospective of watercolours, drawings, dust jacket designs and paintings by one of Scotland’s most respected draughtsmen and authors. The work on show includes well known paintings recently shown at Glasgow School of Art (‘Cowcaddens in the 50s’ and ‘May Hooper’) as well as some early landscapes and portraits of family members and close friends. Café Cossachok, Glasgow, until Sat 20 Oct.

Joanna Billing: Keep On Doing The Sweden-born artist’s film-based work examines the awkwardness created when non-actors and strangers are brought together in unfamiliar surroundings and forced to interact in social activities. The exhibition takes a diverse, retrospective look at Billing’s practice, with videos ranging from 1999 onward, and some works with personal or autobiographical content. DCA, Dundee, until Sun 4 Nov.

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 Lizzes, Marilyns, and dollar signs aplenty in work that celebrates materialism and mortality. National Gallery Complex, The Mound, Edinburgh, until Sun 7 Oct.

Andy Warhol: A Celebration of Life and Death

  • 5 stars

Prints, paintings, sculptures, drawings and films characterised by Warhol's love of celebrity and the glitzy trappings of capitalist culture. An excellent retrospective of his work, a celebration of life and death that takes your breath away. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

Alistair Gray: 1957-2007

  • 4 stars

For the first time, an exhibition of work from every period of Alasdair Gray's art from between 1957 and 2007. Pictures made in Whiteinch Secondary and Glasgow Art School - portraits and nudes from the 1960s and 70s, and more recent book covers, commissions and mural panels.

The Clay Wall

  • 4 stars

Solo exhibition by Duncan Marquiss, at the centre of which is his video work shot around the town of Aboyne and Torphins where he grew up, which he developed after reading about the trial of a coven of witches in Torphins in 1596.

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