Rachel Maclean to represent Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale

Artist Rachel Maclean has been selected to represent Scotland at the 57th Venice Biennale. Rachel Maclean lives and works in Edinburg. Curatorship has been entrusted to Alchemy Film and Arts, based in Hawick, in partnership with the Talbot Rice Gallery and the University of Edinburgh. The work of Rachel Maclean uses different mediums such as film, printmaking and photography. Known for her construction of whimsical narrations that question identity, social conventions or politics, she herself plays the roles of characters in her works. As she says: “My work slips inside and outside of history and into imagined futures, creating hyper-glowing, artificially saturated visions that are both nauseatingly positive and cheerfully grotesque.” Richard Ashrowan, artistic director at Alchemy Film and Arts, offers a few details on Rachel Maclean’s artistic project: “Rachel Maclean is a powerfully original artist filmmaker, and we look to celebrate the dynamic creativity emerging within artists’ film and moving image practice in Scotland today forward to working with her on a striking new film and exhibition presentation at...

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Giving everything away at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery

Edinburgh, 2 August 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 26 October 2013 to 23 February 2014, the Fruitmarket Gallery is to present “I Give Everything Away” an exhibition of works by Louise Bourgeois. The show is to feature the artist’s Insomnia Drawings (1994-1995), created whilst Bourgeois was semi-conscious, approaching sleep. These pieces will be displayed alongside two large works on paper entitled When Did This Happen (2007) and I Give Everything Away (2010), created near the time of the artist’s death. Each piece examines the potentially blurred distinction between painting and drawing. The exhibition is to be held at the same time as a major exhibition devoted to Bourgeois’s works: “A Woman Without Secrets” is to be held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art between 26 October 2013 and 18 May 2014. Louise Bourgeois (1991-2010) is a French artist, whose works are often associated with the Surrealist movement, and who studied alongisde Fernand Léger in the 1930s. Her style developed over the course of her career, but found a more assured direction towards the end of Bourgeois’s life, when her research into psychoanalysis began to influence her...

Tags: , , , , , ,

Scottish National Portrait Gallery reopens

Edinburgh, 29 November 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Scottish National Portrait Gallery of Edinburgh reopened on 1 December, following a two-year redevelopment project costing £17.6 million. The museum, open since 1889, had been installed in a building in front of Doge’s Palace, designed in late 19th century by Robert Rowand Anderson to host national collections. It is the most important refurbishment in the museum’s 120 year history, which started in 2009 and finally opened inaccessible sections of the museum to the public. The museum hence possesses 60% extra exhibition space to display 3,000 paintings and sculptures, 25,000 etchings and drawings, along with 38,000 photographs. A dedicated photography gallery entitled, “Romantic Camera”, reflects the importance of the medium in the collection. The expansion of the museum provides enough space to display approximately 600 works, which are currently kept in reserve until then. The revamp was sponsored considerably by the Scottish government, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Monument Trust, as well as by diverse associations and...

Tags: , , , , ,