The best visual art exhibitions in Scotland for autumn 2013
- Rhona Taylor
- 19 September 2013
Louise Bourgeois, Andy Warhol and Roman Ondák among highlights
Two Edinburgh institutions join forces this autumn to present exhibitions by the hugely influential artist Louise Bourgeois. Modern One and the Fruitmarket Gallery offer two very different takes on Bourgeois, who died in 2010 and is probably best known for her giant steel spiders. Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets at Modern One (Sat 26 Oct–Sun 18 May 2014) brings together some of the American artist's major sculptures – including one of the spiders – as well as a selection of paintings and installations. Over at the Fruitmarket, Louise Bourgeois: I Give Everything Away (Sat 26 Oct–Sun 23 Feb 2014) focuses on her works on paper.
Down at Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament presents 40 works by Andy Warhol (Pop, Power and Politics, Scottish Parliament Building, Sun 5 Oct–Sun 3 Nov). The show, which explores themes of power and politics, includes portraits of Lenin, Mao Zedong, Richard Nixon, the Queen and the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance – and it's bound to be busy.
In Glasgow, the Common Guild curates the first Scottish exhibition by the Slovakian multimedia artist Roman Ondák (Sat 12 Oct–Sat Dec 14). The exhibition promises a selection of paintings, found images and objects, but Ondák is an artist whose intelligent, considered work always surprises. Watch out for a performance of This Way, Please which, as with so much of Ondák's work, merges art with the everyday.