14 Highlights at the Edinburgh Art Festival

This article is from 2015

14 Highlights at the Edinburgh Art Festival

The best bits at the Art Festival from a cubist icon to the ‘Crushed-Car Sculptor’

The Amazing World of MC Escher
The UK’s first major retrospective of the Dutch artist and designer who influenced Stanley Kubrick, The Rolling Stones and The Simpsons opens in Edinburgh.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Belford Road, until 27 Sep, 10am-6pm (until 7pm in Aug), £9 (£7).

Bailey's Stardust
A great opportunity to see the work of legendary photographer David Bailey, whose career spans more than half a century.
Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, 18 Jul–18 Oct, Mon–Sun, 10am–7pm; Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun, 10am–5pm, Thu, 10am–7pm (Jul, Sep, Oct), £11 (£9).

Phyllida Barlow: set
In her first solo show in Scotland, Barlow has made a body of sculptural work that responds to the contrasting, stacked spaces at the Fruitmarket Gallery.
Fruitmarket Gallery, Market Street, until 18 Oct, 10am–7pm (Jul, Sep, Oct); Mon–Sat, 11am–6pm, Sun, noon–5pm (1–25 Aug), free.

The Improbable City
Along with Edinburgh Art Festival’s usual jam-packed programme of gallery-based events and exhibitions, seven international artists have been commissioned to create work in a series of unlikely and forgotten locations across the city.
Various venues, 30 Jul–30 Aug.

Lee Miller & Picasso
A mutual appreciation society existed between the Spanish painter and the American photographer. See the paintings and photographs which bear witness to their long-standing friendship.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, 0131 624 6200, until 6 Sep, Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun, 10am–5pm; Thu, 10am–5pm (Jul, Sep), Mon–Sun, 10am–7pm (Aug), £9 (£7).

Kwang Young Chun: Aggregations
The first solo exhibition in Scotland of this Korean artist with work influenced by both Abstract Expressionism and childhood memories.
Dovecot Gallery, Infirmary Street, 0131 550 3660, 31 Jul–26 Sep, Mon–Sat, 10.30am–5.30pm (Jul, Sep), Mon–Sun, 10am–6pm (Aug).

The Capercaillie's Song
Curated by Helen, John Bellany's lifelong muse and inspiration, this exhibition features several works drawn from the pair’s private collection including large-scale oils, early drawings from the 1960s and monochromatic etchings.
Open Eye Gallery, Abercromby Place, 0131 557 1020 / 558 9872, 3 Aug–2 Sep, Mon–Fri, 10am–6pm, Sat, 10am–4pm.

Hanne Darboven: Accepting Anything Among Everything
This is the first Scottish exhibition of the late German artist who viewed her work as a form of writing and allied herself to the literature of 19th century poet Heinrich Heine and 20th century existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre. The collection explores the way she continually challenged how art should be made.
Talbot Rice Gallery, South Bridge, 0131 650 2210, 31 Jul–3 Oct, Tue–Fri, 10am–5pm, Sat, noon–5pm (Jul, Sep, Oct), Mon–Fri, 10am–5pm, Sat & Sun, noon–5pm (Aug).

Sarah Hardie: Songs for Someone Who Isn't There
Music and poetry take to the capital’s streets with a series of lullabies from various artists which aim to reflect on the silence of the human voice in our otherwise hectic public spaces.
Old College, South Bridge, 1 Aug.

Roy Lichtenstein
One of pop art’s most iconoclastic figures, Lichtenstein’s ‘comic book’ women are here as well as a steel interpretation of Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Belford Road, 0131 624 6200, until 10 Jan, Mon–Sun, 10am–5pm (Jul, Sep), Mon–Sun, 10am–7pm (Aug).

Platform: 2015
Four artists from across Scotland have been selected from an open call by Christine Borland and Craig Coulthard for this new festival initiative dedicated to providing greater opportunities for artists at the beginning of their careers.
9–11 Blair Street, 0131 226 6558, 30 Jul–30 Aug.

Dennis and Debbie Club: The Strip
German-born, Glasgow based pair Dennis J Reinmüller and Debbie Moody have constructed an audio-visual installation using 3D computer graphics to recreate locations such as a crater on Mars and the greenhouse where Kurt Cobain was found dead.
CodeBase, Lady Lawson Street, 0131 560 2003, 1–30 Aug, Sat & Sun, 10am–6pm; digital workshops Sat & Sun, 2–4pm.

Hanna Tuulikki: Sing Sign – A Close Duet
Playing with the acoustic possibilities of architecture, artist and composer Tuulikki has created another intriguing work, this time within the mediaeval confines of Edinburgh’s historic ‘closes’.
477b Lawnmarket, 0131 226 5856, 30 Jul–30 Aug.

John Chamberlain
In a sculpture career of almost half a century, the late Chamberlain worked with a broad range of materials, such as foam rubber and brown paper bags, but he was best known for his work with scrapped motor vehicles, eventually being dubbed the ‘Crushed-Car Sculptor’.
Inverleith House, Inverleith Row, 0131 248 2971 / 2849, 18 Jul–4 Oct, Tue–Sun, 10am–5.30pm.

All events free unless stated.