Edinburgh Art Festival 2011 highlights

David Mach, Tamsyn Challenger and Anish Kapoor among picks

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This article is from 2011.

Edinburgh Art Festival 2011 highlights

Anish Kapoor - Untitled. 2010, Wax, oil based paint and steel, courtesy the artist

David Mach
Explosive and daring exhibition of large-scale collage and sculpture works inspired by and confronting the narratives of the Bible on the 400th anniversary of the publication of the highly influential King James version.
City Art Centre, Sat 30 Jul - Sun 16 Oct, £5 (£3.50)

400 Women
A conceptual installation by Tamsyn Challenger created as a response to gender violence around the world. The installation, which received great acclaim when it showcased in a London basement venue in 2010, is shown for the first time in Edinburgh in a dilapidated schoolhouse.
Canongate Venture, Thu 4 Aug - Sun 4 Sep, free

Anton Henning
A German iconoclast who dropped out of art school to develop his own practice, Henning has become internationally renowned for his museum installation, which he frames and lights and even designs the surrounding wallpaper and carpets. For his first solo show in Scotland Henning brings together furniture, lighting, painting and sculpture to create his Gesamkunstwerk (total work of art).
Talbot Rice Gallery, 5 Aug-22 Oct, free.

Mystics or Rationalists
The ingleby Gallery assembles a who’s who of international artists who have create works that challenge the rigid scientism that can overwhelm contemporary conceptual art. Among the artists displaying their objects of mystery and intrigue are Susan Collis, Iran do Espirito Santo, Jeremy Millar, Corneila Parker.
Ingleby Gallery, 4 Aug-29 Oct, free.

Anish Kapoor: Flashback
A fascinating exhibition of sculptures by the Indian-born, Turner Prize-winning artist. Flashback features a couple of important early works by Kapoor as well as more recent sculptures created from pigment, stone, polished stainless steel and wax and bearing the artist’s signature sensual and captivating style.
Edinburgh College of Art, 4 Aug-9 Oct, free.

Ingrid Calame
The Fruitmarket presents the first solo show in Scotland by American artist Calame, whose beautifully coloured drawings and paintings are inspired by the urban landscape. The artist creates her work by tracing overlooked patterns such as marks, stains and cracks on the ground before recreating these on paper or canvas.
Fruitmarket Gallery, 4 Aug-9 Oct, free.

Tony Cragg: Sculptures and Drawings
Another Turner Prize-winner, Liverpool-born Cragg is best known for his freestanding sculptures created from found objects and detritus or ready-made items from plastic or stone. This major exhibition, which fills the whole ground floor of the Scottish National of Modern Art, focuses on work created in the past ten years.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 30 Jul-6 Nov, £7 (£5).

Robert Rauschenberg: Botanical Vaudeville
He may have been one of the most influential American artists ever to have lived but there hasn’t been a major retrospective of works by Robert Rauschenberg in the UK for 30 years. This showcase of works, presented in natural light, brings together paintings and sculptures displaying the artist’s characteristic use of reflective surfaces such as metal and glass.
Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardens, 27 Jul-2 Oct, free.

Elizabeth Blackadder
The first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy, Elizabeth Blackadder’s work forms the basis of the major summer exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery. The exhibition showcases many of her celebrated paintings, prints, watercolours and drawings as well as some less-known works.
Scottish National Gallery, 2 Jul-2 Jan, £8 (£6).

John Byrne RSA
He may be better known these days as a playwright and the erstwhile spouse to an Oscar-winning actress, but John Byrne has maintained an equally successful and intriguing career as a painter. This exhibition features works inspired by his plays and screenplays as well as striking figurative and abstract works.
Open Eye Gallery, 13 Aug-5 Sep, free.

Left to My Own Devices
One of the most interesting developments in the contemporary art world over the last 25 years is the emergence of device art. This exhibition focuses on the genre through an exchange of ideas between artists and technologists in Japan, China and Scotland.
New Media Scotland, Inspace, 4 Aug-4 Sep, free.

This article is from 2011.

John Byrne RSA

  • 4 stars

New works by idiosyncratic artist and playwright John Byrne, coinciding with the publication of a new biography by Robert Hewison, and an appearance by Byrne himself at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Thu 18 Aug.

Edinburgh Art Festival

Scotland’s largest annual celebration of visual art offers work by the best contemporary Scottish artists as well as exhibitions of the most important international artists and movements of the 20th century and other historical periods.

Elizabeth Blackadder

  • 4 stars

Major retrospective of the work of Falkirk-born Edinburgh University and ECA alumnus Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, who turns 80 this year. Her well-loved work covers many media, and subject matter ranges from the everyday to observations made during her extensive world travels.

Tony Cragg: Sculptures and Drawings

  • 4 stars

Focusing mainly on work from the last ten years but including some earlier pieces too, this retrospective of the work of British sculptor Tony Cragg could serve to bolster the UK profile of the artist, whose German base has led to his work not receiving the attention lavished on contemporaries like Anish Kapoor and Antony…

David Mach: Precious Light

  • 4 stars

Explosive and daring exhibition of large-scale collage and sculpture works inspired by and confronting the narratives of the Bible on the 400th anniversary of the publication of the highly influential King James version.

Mystics or Rationalists?

  • 3 stars

A group exhibition of works that go beyond the slightly arid scientism that's sometimes associated with conceptual art; these are objects of mystery and intrigue in their own right, as well as being generated by an idea. Featured artists include Susan Collis, Iran do Espirito Santo, Ceal Floyer, Susan Hiller, Jeremy…

Ingrid Calame

  • 4 stars

Work by American artist Calame, who transforms real-world marks and tracings (such as tyremarks and stains on buildings) into intricate and colourful paintings.

Anton Henning

  • 3 stars

Anton Henning combines different media into colourful and exuberant Gesamtkunstwerke that aim to surround and surprise the viewer.

Anish Kapoor: Flashback

An exhibition of two major works by the celebrated sculptor. The first is a 1982 work entitled 'White Sand, Red Millet, Many Flowers' which displays the artist's early interest in applying raw pigment to organic forms. The second, 2010's 'Untitled', is on display for the first time in the UK at the festival, and consists…

Robert Rauschenberg: Botanical Vaudeville

  • 4 stars

The first large-scale UK solo show of Rauschenberg's work consists mostly of art dating from the 1980s and 1990s.

Left to my Own Devices

A playful, accessible array of device art from artists practising in China, Japan and Scotland.

400 Women

  • 5 stars

A conceptual installation by Tamsyn Challenger created as a response to gender violence around the world.

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