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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…

Jock Mcfadyen: the Ability to Cling

17 Aug 20124 stars

Small but revealing exhibition of paintings and sculptures

Small but revealing exhibition of paintings and sculptures ‘The ability to cling fastidiously to an image is a pointer to the mark of a true artist,’ runs the slogan which gives this exhibition its title on one of the Paisley-born McFadyen’s earlier…

Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Photography

29 Jul 20134 stars

Stylish collection of work from publisher Condé Nast’s archive

Glamorous and stylish, this exhibition explores the early artworks of more than 80 fashion photographers whose work has graced the pages of Condé Nast’s publications since 1911. And art is what this show is about – powerful and graceful images that cast…

Five sculpture and installation shows at the 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

9 Jul 2013

Work by Krijn de Koning, Sam Durant, Franz West and Gregor Schneider

Krijn de Koning For his first UK exhibition, de Koning will make some of the college’s familiar casts disappear from view through a series of platforms. Sam Durant This powerful installation invites visitors to clamber up and explore a vast wooden…

Elizabeth Blackadder: Works On Paper

29 Jul 2013

Return to familiar ground with new body of watercolours

It would seem rather apt that Elizabeth Blackadder should choose to present a new exhibition of works on paper in 2013. Thirty years ago, in 1983, she was bestowed with the Royal Academy’s Pimms Award for Work On Paper; the influence of Chinese and…

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Edinburgh Festival of Art 2013 exhibition Follow the Thread celebreates weaving and wool

29 Jul 2013

Victoria Crowe, John Byrne and Alasdair Gray among the artists whose works have a woven edge

Dovecot Studios presents some exceptional talent this summer in Follow the Thread: a collaborative triptych of fine art exhibitions celebrating weaving and wool. The collections showcase the versatile nature of yarn and textiles, and the skilful…

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…

Gallery: World Press Photo exhibition 2013 visits Edinburgh Festival

18 Jul 2013

Free exhibition of some of this years most important photographs

Founded in 1955, the annual World Press Photo contest has showcased some of the most striking, shocking and memorable pictures in photographic history. But as visitors will discover when the exhibition of winning entries returns to Edinburgh, the…

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

Five talks at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival

15 Jul 2013

Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Patti Smith among those delivering talks at EIF

Philip Glass & Patti Smith These two US creative legends discuss another, Allen Ginsberg. Nam June Paik Resounds A gathering of curators muse upon the legacy of this counter-culture tech-artist.

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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)

The David Bowie connection: shows at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

9 Jul 2013

Musicians, artists, comedians and choreographers with a connection to David Bowie

He may not be here in the flesh at this year’s festival, but there are plenty musicians, artists, comedians and choreographers in town with a connection to the Thin White Duke. Douglas Gordon painted Self Portrait of You + Me (David Bowie)

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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.

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.

Full programme announced for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

30 May 2013

New shows from Ontroerend Goed, Michael Nyman and Brendon Burns among highlights

After a month of being drip fed nuggets, the full Fringe feast has been revealed, with a whopping 2,871 shows performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues across Edinburgh up for grabs. From X-rated puppet musicals and guerrilla style pop-ups to the London…

Programme for the Edinburgh International Festival 2013 puts artists and technology centre-stage

12 Mar 2013

Tod Machover, the Wooster Group and Oper Frankfurt among the EIF programme highlights

A crowd sourced orchestral work by boundary breaker Tod Machover is just one of the many highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival programme. Set over three weeks this August, the EIF’s line-up includes an homage to Allen Ginsberg with…

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…

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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…

Ilana Halperin: We Form Geology

30 Aug 20123 stars

Travelling Gallery, various locations around Scotland, Aug-Dec 2012

New York born artist Ilana Halperin collaborates with National Museums Scotland for this travelling show which kicked off on Fri 24 Aug for a three-hour run outside the City Art Centre in Edinurgh, and continues across Scotland throughout the rest of…

Visual artist and filmmaker Katri Walker discusses her career so far

19 Aug 2012

Walker is a fan of Salla Tykkä, Francis Alÿs and being referred to in the third person

What was the first exhibition you went to see? I don’t remember what the first one was but sprinting through the Hermitage in St Petersburg as a teenager with my brother in a valiant yet futile attempt to see as many of the three million plus artworks…

John Bellany at 70

17 Aug 20123 stars

Showcase of familiar images from the Port Seton artist

John Bellany at 70 precedes the major retrospective of the Scottish painter’s work due to be held by the National Galleries of Scotland later this year, and showcases some of his more vibrant, powerful images and compositions that are now familiar…