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Gabriel Orozco: thinking in circles

16 Aug 20134 stars

Not a show of results but rather a show of exercise

Unlike that of the equally dot-obsessed Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama, this career-encompassing display of Orozco's circle-based fascination veers far away from pop art and firmly into the pedantic, discursive and other unattractive terms. Not a display…

Edinburgh Art Festival presents Art Late North and South events

15 Aug 2013

Evening programme of performance and tours held in association with The List

The thread between art and music has always held strong amidst Scotland’s art school culture, and it seems to be booming within the context of the Edinburgh Art Festival as well. A fixture of the programme for some years now, and its expansion to two…

FOUND and Young Fathers to appear at Art Late North and South

14 Aug 2013

Evening programme of performance and tours held in association with The List

The thread between art and music has always held strong amidst Scotland’s art school culture, and it seems to be booming within the context of Edinburgh Art Festival as well. A fixture of the programme for some years now, its expansion to two events…

Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands

9 Aug 20134 stars

Extraordinary exhibition that flies the flag for painting

There are many powerful and challenging works at this year's Edinburgh Art Festival. So it is to the credit of the programmers that this extraordinary exhibition of work by Peter Doig sits comfortably at the centre of the line-up, flying the flag for…

Detours series of live events a 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

1 Aug 2013

Series of intimate live performances blurring the lines between different artforms

Detours is a series of intimate live performances, running as part of Edinburgh Art Festival and offering events which dip in and out of different genres, blurring the lines between different art forms for both artist and audience. 'I think the…

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Sara Barker show Patterns set for Jupiter Artland as part of 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

1 Aug 2013

Ambitious sculpture enclosed in a glass pavilion

Sara Barker combines theoretical complexity with her Glasgow School of Art training to produce delicate sculptural forms and linear structures. Central to her work is the concept of space: the way in which her work relates to its exhibition site, and…

Paul Rooney and arts collective Leeds United pair up for show at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

1 Aug 2013

Video and text works blur the boundaries of authorship

If ever there was a match made in northern English heaven, it's this one between Liverpool-born polymath Paul Rooney and arts collective Leeds United. While Rooney has plundered pop culture to create a series of fantastical parallel universes featuring…

Video artist Rachel Maclean discusses her Edinburgh Art Festival 2013 show I HEART SCOTLAND

30 Jul 2013

Maclean talks zip-sliding thistles, wind farm crucifixions and Scotland’s national identity crisis

Rachel Maclean is playing her cards close to her chest. Her festival show at Edinburgh Printmakers, a series of screenprints alongside The Lion and the Unicorn, a video which explores Scottish national identity, gives nothing away about her politics.

The Edinburgh Art Festival's Gabriel Orozco show explores the artist’s fascination with the circle

29 Jul 2013

Curator Briony Fer discusses Orozco’s radically diverse range of work

There’s something very Zen at the heart of Gabriel Orozco’s work. This is clear from even the title of the Mexican-born artist’s new show at the Fruitmarket Gallery, forming part of this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival. Comprising a mix of works old and…

Interview: Dutch artist Krijn de Koning discusses his Edinburgh Art Festival project, 'Land'

29 Jul 2013

de Koning's installation is set to transform the Edinburgh College of Art's sculpture court

In this new work by the Dutch artist Krijn de Koning, his first exhibited piece in the UK, the intention is dramatic. ‘I wanted to make an artwork as a place,’ he says, reflecting on a project in which the interior of Edinburgh College of Art’s…

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Interview: Sarah Kenchington, creator of Wind Pipes For Edinburgh

29 Jul 2013

The hand-built, interactive musical installation will feature music from eagleowl and Daniel Padden

Sarah Kenchington has no desire to be a one-woman band. This is clear in her latest hand-built musical instrument/installation for the EAF, an interactive construction made from 100 decommissioned church organ pipes, which, with no keyboards involved…

Artist Emma Bowen discusses her contribution to the Edinburgh Art Festival 2013, GARAGE

29 Jul 2013

Project space and micro gallery hosting temporary installations and exhibitions

‘Artists have been making work in different spaces for years,’ muses Emma Bowen of her own contribution to this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, GARAGE. ‘It’s exciting. Things come alive. Interesting accidents can happen.’ The sometime Edinburgh College…

Mary, Queen of Scots

29 Jul 20133 stars

Exhibition of mixed artefacts fleshes out the story of the enigmatic Queen

Mentioned most often in the same breath as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Stewart’s notoriety comes, of course, from the fixed eye she kept on the English throne – the obsession that got her head chopped off. Though it doesn’t ignore this…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2013 to host Ângela Ferreira's debut UK solo show

29 Jul 2013

Political Cameras questions the colonial relationship between Europe and Africa

Two video monitors sit opposite one another on silver stands. Between them, three beige-coloured steps are supported by what resembles a pair of large, steel-inverted shuttlecocks. Behind them, a domineering piece of tinted glass dwarfs a small…

The best shows at the 2013 Edinburgh Festivals

16 Jul 2013

20 highlights from the 2013 festival programmes, covering Fringe, Books, International, Art and Jazz

We’ve scanned the thousands of shows, exhibitions and events across the festival in late July, August and early September, and highlight the ones that simply cannot be missed

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Man Ray exhibition among highlights of 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Was Man Ray an innovative, mercurial photographer or a shallow, celebrity-obsessed snapper?

Man Ray was the perfect chronicler in a new age of cinema images, magazine scoops and celebrity culture. But was he a great artist himself, or a three-hit wonder? The Man Ray images most people know best are the 1929 solarised profile of his colleague…

Fiona Banner show The Vanity Press at 2013 Edinburgh Festival

9 Jul 2013

Turner nominee's latest show explores ideas of publication

Although this exhibition by Fiona Banner is subtitled The Vanity Press, its content will be a departure from the most familiar work she’s made through this self-published imprint. Among other artefacts, Banner has produced The Nam (a 1000-page plot…

The Complaints Choir set for performance at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

The campaigning singing group idea that went global

I want my money back My job’s like a cul-de-sac And the bus is too infrequent at 6.30 Why don’t they pay me more? Life was good before And I am thirsty... So goes the chorus of ‘I Want My Money Back’, the debut song from the Complaints Choir of…

The International acts appearing at the 2013 Edinburgh Festivals

9 Jul 2013

Just 36 of the countries represented by acts appearing at the world's biggest arts festival

1 Argentina. Rodrigo Abd is a World Press Photo prizewinner (Politics). 2 Australia. David Quirk is a deadpan leftfield comic (Fringe)

Five film and performance shows at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Shows from Rachel Maclean, Katri Walker, Robert Montgomery and Sarah Kenchington

Rachel Maclean This solo exhibition creates a surreal vision of nationality and identity, showing a new film and series of screenprints. Katri Walker Walker’s five-minute film draws on themes of hill running to explore our connection to the land.

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Five shows by painters at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Work by Gabriel Orozco, Peter Doig, Alberto Morrocco, John Bellany and Moyna Flannigan

Gabriel Orozco. Taking The Eye of Go as a starting point, this show focuses on the circular motif right across Orozco’s work. Dressed to Kill. A showcase of fashion, costume and dress including work by John Bellany and Moyna Flannigan.

Ilana Halperin: the Library

3 Jun 20134 stars

Geologically-themed show repurposing museum exhibits as art

Location is everything for this new exhibition by Glasgow-based, New York-raised artist Ilana Halperin, the first recipient of an artist's fellowship at National Museums Scotland. Flying in the face of even the richest modern art's essential…

Expanding Horizons: Giovanni Battista Lusieri and the Panoramic Landscape

7 Sep 20124 stars

Watercolour landscapes with photorealist sensibilities

Most remembered as the man who arranged the shipping of the Elgin Marbles in his position as artistic retainer to Thomas Bruce, Lord Elgin, this retrospective of Giovanni Battista Lusieri’s relatively little-remembered 18th and 19th century landscape…

Craig Coulthard - Forest Pitch

3 Sep 20124 stars

Artist Coulthard creates a full-size football pitch in the Borders as part of the Cultural Olympiad

Craig Coulthard has certainly put the ‘beautiful’ in the beautiful game with Forest Pitch; a full-size football pitch created in the middle of a forest in the Scottish Borders. At the end of August two football matches were played on the pitch, the…

Soviet Grand Designs

30 Aug 20124 stars

Surprising exhibition of art created under suppression

John Barkes, an art dealer and collector based in London, has been buying works by Soviet artists since his 1992 visit to St Petersburg. He has since met more than 400 contemporary artists in the interest of buying their paintings and has assembled…