Edinburgh Art Festival 2012: Highlights
Surrealists, symbolists and Scottish colourists at this year's art festival
This article is from 2012.
This major study of the Scottish Colourist’s output features over 70 important works throughout his career, with pieces created in venues from Fife to France. If the life and work of Hunter is your bag, then why not also drop in to The Scottish Colourists: Inspiration and Influence at the City Art Centre, which puts the Rothesay-born painter and his fellow SCs (Peploe, Fergusson and Cadell) into a wider context.
City Art Centre, Market Street, 0131 529 3993, 21 Jul–14 Oct, 10am–5pm (Mon–Sat), noon–5pm (Sun), £5 (£3.50).
Completed in 1819, the Regent Bridge was constructed as a means to get into parts of the capital which previously were only navigable through precarious and narrow pathways. Edinburgh-based Innes takes a step away from his abstract canvases to give this dark tunnel a splash of colour in his debut exploration with light.
Calton Road, 0131 226 6558, 2 Aug–2 Sep.
The Pennsylvanian performance artist was a vocal critic of what she perceived as the art world’s rank misogyny having entered that domain in the late 50s, and she’s continued to set cats among pigeons with her work on sexuality and gender. Almost literally here, as one series of photos has the artist ice skating naked with a cat in her arms.
Summerhall, 0131 560 1590, 2 Aug–27 Sep, 11am–9pm.
Predictions by the doomsday brigade have so far yet to come true, but 2012 is definitely the year when the world will end. So just about enough time to squeeze in one last exhibition featuring artists who have tackled the apocalypse in their work: Etienne Clément, the Chapmans, Damien Hirst, Lori Nix and Andy Warhol are among those represented here.
Edinburgh Printmakers, Union Street, 0131 557 2479, 2 Aug–8 Sep, 10am–6pm (Tue–Sun).
Renaissance Man Dieter Roth’s connection to Edinburgh goes back to 1970 when he was part of Richard Demarco’s International Festival project, Strategy: Get Arts. Icelandic Roth was born in Germany and died in Switzerland in 1998, and this exhibition of his very busy diaries (which are jam-packed with appointments and addresses as well as drawings and poems) is his first since that debut.
Fruitmarket Gallery, Market Street, 0131 225 2383, 2–26 Aug, 10am–7pm (Mon–Sun); 27 Aug–14 Oct, 11am–6pm (Mon–Sat), noon–5pm (Sun).
Not just a top-class semi-surrealist comedian, kids author, presenter of funny TV shows, ex-medic and wearer of big collared-shirts is Harry Hill, then, as he shows us his artistic side with a series of paintings and sculptures depicting the disjointed angle where fame, nature and surrealism meet. And if you enjoy his art you may get a chance to shake him by the hand as he’ll be in town doing some work-in-progress type shows at The Stand.
White Stuff, George Street, 4 Aug–2 Sep, 10am–6pm.
One of Scotland’s most vital 20th century artists is celebrated here with an exhibition of sculpture and audio-visual installation which deftly explores his textured and witty work, including ‘Carrier Strike’ featuring an epic air battle played out on the surface of an ironing board.
Ingleby Gallery, Calton Road, 0131 556 4441, 2 Aug–27 Oct, 10am–6pm (Mon–Sat), noon–5pm (Sun until 26 Aug).
Winner of the inaugural Beck’s Futures Prize back in 2000, Roderick Buchanan here explores the Troubles viewed through the eyes of two Scottish flute bands across the divide via film, photographs and installations.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, 0131 624 6200, 14 Jul–16 Sep, 10am–6pm (Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun), 10am–7pm (Thu).
This wide-ranging look at the point where landscape meets Symbolism brings together Gauguin, van Gogh and Munch, alongside lesser-known European artists including Denmark’s Vilhelm Hammershøi, Finland’s Gallen-Kallela and Belgium’s Fernand Khnopff.
Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, 0131 624 6200, 14 Jul–14 Oct, 10am–6pm (Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun), 10am–7pm (Thu), £10 (£7).
All events free unless stated.