Here are ArtLyst’s Edinburgh Festival visual arts highlights 2009
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Turner Prize Nominees 2009 (A must see)
doggerfisher Open 6-9pm Festival Exhibition:
Art Festival venue number 8
11 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh
0131 558 7110
New Media Scotland – Open 6-8pm
Festival Exhibition: Reveal/Reset
Art Festival Venue number: 23
Alex Hetherington This work, a multi-channel video and performance, commingles complex synchronised narratives, biographies and re-enactments investigating lies, need and imitation to scrutinize identity and its theft.
Inspace, Crichton Street, Edinburgh
0131 651 5661
Talbot Rice Gallery Open 6-9pm
Festival Exhibition: Jane and Louise Wilson
Art Festival venue number 34
7:00pm presentation by artist Luke Collins exploring artists relationships with history and genre.
The University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
0131 650 2210
First UK showing of work by major international artists
Newly commissioned work by leading British artists
Old masters and young Turks
Ranging from major exhibitions by leading British and international artists to work by a new generation of talent, the 2009 EAF programme sees 50 participating galleries, both permanent and temporary, including 11 spaces new to the Festival.Sculpture in galleries and public spaces
New spaces including Granton Lighthouse, Jupiter Artland and New Media Scotland’s Inspace
Temporary exhibitions including The Caravan Gallery’s EAF debut
The Festival opens on 5 August 2009 with the EAF launch followed by private views across the capital, including talks by Peter Blake, Briony Fer, John McCracken and Bob and Roberta Smith, and Collective’s launch party of The How Not to Cookbook – lessons learned the hard way, in Princes Street Gardens
Eva Hesse: Studiowork
Scintillating show devoted to the tiny, experimental and hitherto-ignored “test pieces” of Eva Hesse, the German-born American artist who radically changed the course of post-war sculpture by working with non-traditional materials such as latex, wax, wire-mesh and cheesecloth. Fruitmarket Gallery (0131 225 2383), Aug 5-Oct 25.
Jane and Louise Wilson
The innovative British sisters, who were nominated for the Turner Prize a decade ago, present their recent video installation, Unfolding the Aryan Papers. The product of extensive research in the Stanley Kubrick Archive in London, this quasi-documentary focuses on the story of the Dutch actress Johanna ter Steege, whom Kubrick cast as the lead in what was to be his 13th feature film, an adaptation of a novel set during the Second World War, before he cancelled the project. Talbot Rice Gallery (0131 650 2210), Aug 7-Sept 26.
British dealer Anthony d’Offay vividly recalls falling in love with art while he was at the University of Edinburgh and last year, as “a small way of saying thank you”, he decided to donate more than 725 post-war and contemporary works of art to the National Galleries of Scotland, as well as the Tate. Visitors can already encounter in-depth displays devoted to Alex Katz and Damien Hirst, and a new room dedicated to the abstract work of the Canadian-American artist Agnes Martin opens especially for the festival on Aug 6. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (0131 624 6200), until Nov 8
The Discovery of Spain
The centrepiece of the National Gallery of Scotland’s Festival programme, encompassing more than 130 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs, and filling the entire upper level of the Royal Scottish Academy building, this enticing exhibition examines the extraordinary appeal that Spanish art held for British artists and collectors in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There will be masterpieces by Velázquez, El Greco, Zurbarán and Murillo, as well as a climactic display of Picasso’s jaw-dropping Weeping Woman (1937), whose disjointed features were modelled on Dora Maar, the artist’s lover at the time. National Gallery Complex, The Mound (0131 332 2266), until Oct 11.
Peter Blake: Venice
Scottish premiere for a jaunty suite of 20 new screen-prints by the godfather of British Pop art, who, following a visit to the Venice Biennale two years ago, decided to depict the watery city as a fantastical realm using his inimitable collage style, which he pioneered to great effect when he designed the album cover for The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band more than four decades ago. Edinburgh Printmakers (0131 557 2479), until Aug 29.Festival Exhibition:
The Creative World of Alan Davie
Dovecot Open 6-9pm
Art Festival venue number 9
10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh
0131 315 3054
Festival Exhibition: Suitcase Series #1 – Fitzrovia Noir
Total Kunst Open until 12pm
6-9pm break bread with the exhibiting artists as they share the contents of the suitcases thay have created for this installment of Suitcase Series #1.
Art Festival Venue number 41
3 Bristo Place
0131 220 4538
The Blank Canvas Bike Tour – Rocca Gutteridge (and friends) with support from Waste Innovation
Participation and fun will be at the heart of Rocca Gutteridge’s Blank Canvas Bike tour. She has devised an interactive tour around various venues in Art Late which will encourage you to get active while collaborating and conversing with fellow participants. Join Rocca and her team of marshals to experience the exhibitions and create your own artistic responses by transforming the Blank Canvas Bikes to travelling galleries of your team’s work. The tour culminates in an exhibition with prizes awarded for the best/worst/funniest effort!
Schedule: Ingleby Gallery 6:45, Travelling Gallery, The Grey Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery