More Edinburgh Art Festival highlights 2010

This article is from 2010.

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In addition to shows by Gilbert & George, Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth and Martin Creed, there are plenty of other highlights within the Edinburgh Art Festival programme.

Impressionist Gardens
After the hugely inspiring Impressionism and Scotland exhibition that drew large crowds to the National Galleries of Scotland back in 2008, this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival returns to the popular 19th century movement with a major international exhibition of around 90 works including loans from collections around the world such as the Musée d’Orsay and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The groundbreaking new show, which focuses on the recurring theme of gardens and flowers in some of the most beautiful and memorable works of the impressionist period, is the first ever on this subject and will not be visiting any other gallery in the UK.

In exploring the origins and development of the impressionist garden, the exhibition will feature works by famous names such as Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Manet and Sisley, but will also feature many works by pioneering early 19th century flower painters including Delacroix and Corot, and includes a section exploring the worldwide influence of the impressionist garden, featuring works by Van Gogh, Klimt and Gauguin.
National Gallery Complex, The Mound, 0131 624 6200, 31 Jul–17 Oct, £10 (£7).

Mairi Gillies: Natura sensus
Edinburgh-based ‘Hortisculpturist’ Gillies explores the relationship between plants and people in a series of beautiful sculptural installations created from real and preserved plant material and referencing sacred and iconic imagery.
Atticsalt, Thistle Street North East Lane, 0131 225 2093, until 4 Sep, free.

Prints of Darkness
This celebration of record cover art takes the form of an exhibition featuring original prints by 11 Scottish artists, as well as a new LP of music by People Like Us AKA award-winning international multimedia artist Vicki Bennett.
Edinburgh Printmakers, Union Street, 0131 557 2479, until 4 Sep, free.

Jupiter Artland Year Two
This remarkable collection of works from Gormley, Goldsworthy and Jencks is merely added to this year with new site-specific pieces by Nathan Coley, Jim Lambie and Cornelia Parker, all carefully placed and landscaped into the environment, as is the Jupiter Artland way.
Jupiter Artland, Bonnington House, Nr Wilkieston, 01506 889 900, 29 Jul–5 Sep, £8.25 (kids £4); family ticket £18–£26.

Another World: Dalí, Magritte, Miró and the Surrealists
Major survey of works by surrealist artists both familiar and arcane, including iconic works by the likes of Picasso, Dalí and Magritte, alongside supporting artefacts such as periodicals and manifestos.
Dean Gallery, Belford Road, 0131 624 6200, until 9 Jan, £7 (£5).

Richard Wright: The Stairwell Project
The 2009 Turner Prizewinner, known for his elaborate, intricate (though often ephemeral) geometric patterns in paint and gold leaf, creates a large-scale wall-based work for the newly refurbished Dean Gallery’s west stairwell.
Dean Gallery, Belford Road, 0131 624 6200, permanent, free.

Julie Roberts
One of the most important painters of her generation, Glasgow School of Art graduate Roberts exhibits new paintings on the subject of ‘the child’.
Talbot Rice Gallery, South Bridge, 0131 650 2210, 30 Jul–25 Sep, free.

Barbara Rae: Prints
The renowned Edinburgh-based artist unveils an exhibition of new works in printmaking, typically inspired by objects and wilderness landscapes of the USA and the west coast of Ireland.
Dundas Street Gallery, 0131 558 9363, 26 Jul–14 Aug, free.

Joan Mitchell
The renowned American abstract expressionist painter and contemporary of Lee Krasner, is celebrated in this, the first museum exhibition in the UK of her work, which features paintings on canvas and works on paper.
Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Inverleith Row, 0131 248 2849, 27 Jul–19 Sep, free.

Iran do Espírito Santo
The first ever UK exhibition by Brazilian artist Espírito Santo combines intricate and large-scale wall drawings, conceived exclusively for the Ingleby, with beautifully realised minimalist sculptures created from stainless steel, glass, stone or paint on plaster.
Ingleby Gallery, Calton Road, 0131 556 4441, 29 Jul–25 Sep, free.

Gemma Holt & Richard Healy
London-based artists Holt and Healy examine the language of design through sculptural pieces and architectural techniques to explore notions of newness and subvert commonly used systems and codes.
Sierra Metro, West Harbour Road, 07971 510877, 1 Aug–12 Sep, free.

Plan B
This collaboration between Pulitzer prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon and the highly acclaimed Scottish photographer Norman McBeath has produced a series of poems and photographs based around the theme of life’s cock-ups, contingencies and conspiracies.
Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton’s Close, 0131 557 2876, 29 Jul–4 Sep, free.

Alexander and Susan Maris: The Pursuit of Fidelity (‘a retrospective’)
The first solo exhibition in Scotland of Glasgow-based artists Alexander and Susan Maris takes a journey through the last 20 years of their practice, moving between the mediums of photography, sound, sculpture, painting and drawing.
Stills, Cockburn Street, 0131 622 6200, 30 Jul–24 Oct, free.

David Sherry: Health + Safety Effect
The Glasgow-based Beck’s Futures-shortlisted artist, best known for his performance art, presents a selection of his short one-day interactive performance works in the foyers and entrance halls of the National Galleries.
The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, 0131 225 6671, 30 Jul–3 Aug, free.

City Beach
As part of the ‘Big Things on the Beach’ project, which has developed a public art plan for Portobello, City Beach presents three new site-specific artworks commissioned from local people over the course of the project.
Portobello Public Art House, Kings Road, 0131 669 7559, 25 Jul–5 Sep, free.

William Wegman: Family Combinations / Edward Weston: Life Work
Two exhibitions by pioneering American photographers for the price of one with a retrospective covering 25 years of cutting edge conceptual photography from Wegman and a survey of 115 prints by the highly influential Weston.
City Art Centre, Market Street, 0131 529 3993, 31 Jul–24 Oct, £8 (£5).

Shapes and Things: Richard Healy and Gemma Holt

In this exhibition of new site-specific film installation, sculpture and drawing, London-based artists Gemma Holt and Richard Healy utilise, manipulate and divert the language of design, furthering investigations into notions of ‘newness’ and subverting commonly used systems and codes. Gemma Holt’s sculptural pieces…

Mairi Gillies - Natura Sensus

  • 3 stars

Mairi Gillies was born in Edinburgh and educated at the Edinburgh College of Art. It was here that her interest and passion for plants first emerged and this was further developed during a period working as a horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The work of Mairi Gillies reveals her passion for and…

Impressionist Gardens

  • 4 stars

This major international exhibition of around 90 works incorporates paintings by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Manet and Sisley. In addition, the exhibition examines the continued significance of the Impressionist garden to the generation of artists working immediately after the period, such as Cézanne and Pierre Bonnard. A…

Jupiter Artland Year Two

The contemporary sculpture garden opens its gates for a second season, featuring commissioned works by many leading artists. The relationship of each artwork to its topographical location being a crucial feature, 'Jupiter Artland' includes works by Alec Finlay, Laura Ford, Andy Goldsworthy, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Charles…

Nathan Coley Talk

A talk by Nathan Coley on his major new work 'In Memory', commissioned for Year Two at Jupiter Artland. There will be an opportunity to take a turn around the collection following the talk. Normal admission prices apply plus an additional £5 for the talk.

William Wegman: Family Combinations

  • 4 stars

Exhibition exploring the photographic partnership between contemporary artist William Wegman and his beloved family of Weimaraners. Child-like humour and absurd scenarios abound in a skewering of the genre of formal portraiture that gives rise to real comedy.

Prints of Darkness

  • 4 stars

Exhibition of new work exploring record cover art, including original prints by eleven Scottish artists and a new LP of music by People Like Us, AKA award-winning multimedia artist Vicki Bennett. A vital and varied response to the challenge of reclaiming a passing art form, featuring pop-up works and a moustachioed Peter…

Instruments of Darkness

  • 4 stars

A night of iconoclastic music and performance featuring artists from the current exhibition 'Prints of Darkness', curated by Sarah-Manning Cordwell, Norman Shaw and Edward Summerton.

Impressionist Gardens: Opening Lecture

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Anna Pavord chooses some of her favourite items from the upcoming 'Impressionist Gardens' exhibition, which features around 90 works and is the first exhibition devoted to the subject.

Sun and Shade: The Impressionist Garden

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Dr Clare Willson, co-curator of the 'Impressionist Garden' exhibition, delves into the idyllic gardens of Monet, Manet, Sargent and others to explore the motivation for, and the meaning of, the picturesque imagery.

Live Music Now

Baritone Phil Gault and pianist Claire Haslin present a programme of works by Debussy, Ravel and Vaughan Williams, inspired by the 'Impressionist Gardens' exhibition.

Impressionist Garden Tours at RBGE

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An art historian from the National Galleries leads a tour around the Royal Botanic Garden, exploring the flowers, plants and gardens that inspired Impressionist artists. Booking essential.

Painting Fruit and Vegetables

Improve your skills at painting fruit and veg with artist Billy Showell on hand to help you master form, light and detail. The first day includes a visit to the National Galleries' 'Impressionist Gardens' exhibition for inspiration. Price includes lunch and exhibition entry. Course ends Thu 5 August. Booking essential.

The Embroidered Garden

Learn basic embroidery techniques and create your own work inspired by Impressionist paintings of gardens. With Catherine Conway-Payne. Price included lunch and entry to the National Galleries' 'Impressionist Gardens' exhibition. Booking essential.

Art Late: Prints of Darkness, Instruments of Darkness

A night of iconoclastic music and performance featuring artists and their associates from the exhibition Prints of Darkness, presented by Edinburgh Printmakers and curated by Sarah- Manning Cordwell, Norman Shaw and Edward Summerton.

Another World

  • 3 stars

This summer’s major exhibition at the Dean Gallery offers a comprehensive survey of Surrealist art, bringing together masterpieces by Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Joan Miró. Another World, the centrepiece of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s 50th anniversary celebrations…

Barbara Rae - Prints

An exhibition of new works in printmaking from internationally acclaimed artist, Barbara Rae, CBE RA RSA. Her inspiration comes from objects and landscapes of the wilderness areas of the southwestern USA, where renegade tracks skip across the desert until they climb up to the sky, and from the wilds of the west coast of…

Impressionist Garden Tour at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Special tours with a National Galleries of Scotland art historian and a Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh garden guide exploring the Impressionists’ love of gardens, plants and flowers. Meet at the East Gate, Inverleith Row. Booking essential. Part of the 2010 EAF.

Big Things on The Beach - City Beach

City Beach explores the possibilities of Portobello as a site for the expression of imagination in public space by the public and artists. The exhibition presents the outcomes of a year-long programme of public engagement in the development of a public art plan for Portobello Beach. The programme has been supported by…

Child: Julie Roberts

  • 4 stars

Julie Roberts’ painting plays upon attraction and repulsion, utilising exquisitely painted surfaces and colour schemes against an unflinching subject matter, which has previously included crime scenes and medical apparatus. This approach renders objects and environments uncanny, forcing the viewer to re-evaluate their…

Iran do Espírito Santo

  • 4 stars

Iran do Espírito Santo (b.1963, lives and works Sao Paulo, Brazil) has presented his work at the Venice Biennale (1999 & 2008) the Bienal de Sao Paulo (1987) and the Istanbul Biennal (2000). This exhibition for the 2010 Edinburgh Art Festival is his first ever in the UK. His work combines intricate and very large-scale…

Impressionist Gardens

  • 4 stars

Impressionist Gardens is a major international exhibition of around 90 works including loans from collections around the world, and the first ever to be devoted to this subject. The famous names of Impressionism will be well represented, with fine examples by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Manet and Sisley. The exhibition will…

Impressionist Gardens Opening Lecture: Anna Pavord - Planting an Impression

Anna Pavord, author (The Tulip) and gardening correspondent for The Independent, chooses some of her favourite images from Impressionist Gardens and looks at them with a gardener’s eye. Part of the 2010 EAF.

Jupiter Artland Year Two - Artist Talk by Nathan Coley

Nathan Coley talks about his new work for Jupiter Artland. After the talk there will be an opportunity for an evening walk around the Artland. Booking essential.Part of the 2010 EAF.

Jupiter Artland Year Two - Shane Waltener ‘Weaving in the Woods’ Workshop

Shane Waltener is a craft-based artist with long experience of leading fun and inspiring workshops for all ages. This outdoor workshop explores radical weaving techniques. Booking essential. Part of the 2010 EAF.

Jupiter Artland Year Two: Guided Tour of the Collection by the Owners Nicky and Robert Wilson

A walk around the collection with Nicky or Robert Wilson, giving a unique insight into the work they have collected. Booking essential. Part of the 2010 EAF.

Joan Mitchell

  • 4 stars

The first museum exhibition in the UK by Joan Mitchell (1925–1992), one of the most important and singular American painters of the post-war period, whose influence is gaining increasing recognition today. Mitchell studied at The Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York in the late 1940s where she became the…

Jupiter Artland Year Two

Jupiter Artland hosts a collection of sculpture by some of the world’s best known contemporary artists as well as some exciting British newcomers. The collection so far contains works from Antony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy, Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn, Charles Jencks, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Cornelia Parker, Laura Ford, Peter…

Jupiter Artland Year Two: Talk by Peter Liversidge

Peter Liversidge talks about his Jupiter Proposals. After the talk there is an opportunity for an evening walk around the Artland. Booking essential. Part of the 2010 EAF.

Prints of Darkness: Artist Talk by Vicki Bennett (People Like Us)

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Vicki Bennett delivers a talk about her work in the field of audiovisual collage, through her innovative appropriating and cutting up of found footage and archives. Part of the 2010 EAF.

Richard Wright: The Stairwell Project

An EAF Expo commission from 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright, this astonishing, large-scale, black and white painting is the artist’s most complex work to date. It is situated in the dome of the west stairwell of the gallery, which provides a beautiful and challenging architectural backdrop for the painting. The…

Sun, and Shade: The Impressionist Garden

Dr Clare Willson of University of Glasgow, co-curator of the Impressionist Gardens exhibition, investigates the inspiration to the Impressionists of gardens, parks and orchards, and considers some of the motives for their garden imagery both within and beyond France. Part of the 2010 EAF.

Plan B

  • 4 stars

Plan B is a special collaboration between the Pulitzer prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon and the highly acclaimed Scottish photographer Norman McBeath. The result is 28 perspectives on ten poems, loosely gathered around the theme of life’s cock-ups, contingencies and conspiracies. The poems were not created in…

The Pursuit of Fidelity (a retrospective)

Stills presents the first solo exhibition in Scotland of work by Glasgow-based artists Alexander and Susan Maris. The Pursuit of Fidelity (a retrospective), curated by Lisa Le Feuvre, takes a journey through the last twenty years of the artists’ practice. Moving across and between the mediums of photography, sound…

William Wegman: Family Combinations

  • 4 stars

Family Combinations, an exhibition by internationally renowned contemporary artist William Wegman, has been organised in collaboration with the artist’s studio in New York. This is the first comprehensive show of Wegman’s work in Scotland and the only opportunity to catch this exceptional and unique photographic display…

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