Hitlist: Visual art

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  • 20 August 2009

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Hitlist: Visual art

Alan Davie

Our pick of visual art for the week

Scottish Paintings: Old Masters to Contemporary Exhibition exploring Scotland rich and diverse visual arts history, including works by Raeburn, Cadell and Ferguson. Bourne Fine Art, 557 4050, until 5 Sep (not Sun), free.

Milestone Fascinating show detailing the history and philosophies and history of sculpture, accompanying a live stone carving event. Edinburgh College of Art, 221 6000, until 30 Aug (not Mon), free.

The Creative World of Alan Davie Remarkable retrospective charting the career trajectory of one of Scotland’s best-loved artists. Dovecot Studios, 550 3660, until 26 Sep (not Sun), £3 (£2).

Jane and Louise Wilson: Unfolding the Aryan Papers
Intriguing exhibition based around materials gathered from an abandoned Stanley Kubrick film, ‘Unfolding the Aryan Papers’. Talbot Rice Gallery, 650 2210, until 26 Sep, free.

The Enlightenments
The EIF launches its first Visual Art strand with this series of exhibitions in which artists provide a contemporary take on the ideas of The Enlightenments. Dean Gallery, 624 6200, until 27 Sep, free.

The Discovery of Spain Great Spanish art, from the Peninsula War to the Civil War is depicted alongside the British artists it influenced. National Galleries Complex, 624 2000, until 11 Oct, £8 (£6).

Eva Hesse: Studiowork
The work of the late German-born sculptor is placed in its historical context in this delectable feast for contemporary eyes. The Fruitmarket Gallery, 225 2383, until 25 Oct, free.

The Enlightenments

A collaboration between the National Galleries, the University of Edinburgh and the Collective Gallery exhibiting works by contemporary artists which put a modern spin on the ideals of the 18th-century Scottish Enlightenment. Subjects including religion, superstition, philosophy, architecture, literature and the cosmos…

Jane and Louise Wilson

  • 4 stars

This exhibition of film and photography by Jane and Louise Wilson will be their first solo exhibition in Edinburgh. Itwill include new film and recent photographs, alongside a new sculptural commission.

The Creative World of Alan Davie

  • 5 stars

The Creative World of Alan Davie celebrates the remarkable breadth of work from one of Scotland’s most respected and influential artists. As Davie approaches 90, this major exhibition will include specially selected examples of his work in sculpture, painting, tapestry and rug making, jewellery design, printmaking…


  • 4 stars

Milestone is a unique arts event for the Festival. Ten international sculptors will each carve a new sculpture in a 1 to 2 tonne block of stone of their choosing in the ArtCollege quadrangle. This event offers the public a rare opportunity to watch stone sculptors in the process of creating their work. In addition to the…

The Discovery of Spain

  • 4 stars

A spectacular celebration of Spanish culture from Goya to Picasso. This summer’s major exhibition at the National Gallery Complex is The Discovery of Spain – an extensive show that fills the entire upper level of the Royal Scottish Academy building with masterpieces by Spanish painters such as Velázquez, El Greco, Goya…

Eva Hesse Studiowork

This exhibition is a rare chance to see the work of German-born, American artist Eva Hesse (1936– 70), a major figure in post-war art. The exhibition is the result of new research by renowned Hesse scholar Briony Fer, and focuses on the small, experimental works Hesse produced throughout her career, alongside her…