Artist Rooms

This article is from 2009.

A special bequest of works by key figures from the last 50 years

In an unexpected act of philanthropy, it was announced last year that art dealer Anthony d’Offay would make a donation of a large number of the epochal works of art in his collection to the National Galleries of Scotland and to the Tate.

While these have been on display around the country in various forms under the ARTIST ROOMS banner this year (broadly, one room, one artist), the largest public repositories of these works are held in London and Edinburgh. Specifically, Edinburgh’s consignment is held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and has been drawing crowds since March. It will remain the gallery’s key exhibition throughout August, offering visitors to the city the chance to enjoy a selection of pieces by key modern artists of the last half-century. These include charcoal drawings by Vija Celmins, the audience-dividing preserved animals of Damien Hirst, Ellen Gallagher’s conceptual paintings, landscapes painted by Alex Katz (pictured), ‘stitched’ photographs by Andy Warhol and the late Francesca Woodman’s typically confrontational self-portraiture.

Also newly opening in the same location for the Festival will be a room containing three minimalist paintings by Agnes Martin, also part of the d’Offay bequest, which should serve to draw back many of those who have already seen this vibrant and emotive display.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Belford Road, 0131 624 6200, until 8 Nov, free.

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