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...

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2015 Turner Prize Winner Announced

The Turner Prize, is named after the English painter J. M. W. Turner, and is presented annually to a British visual artist under the age of 50. The winner is chosen by the Tate gallery and staged at Tate Britain. The winner of this year’s Turner Prize of around $37,600 is the artists’ group Assemble. A London-based group recognized for working with communities to promote a successful approach to regeneration, city planning, and development in opposition to corporate gentrification. For the first time ever, this year’s prize was awarded in Scotland, at the Tramway in Glasgow. The jury for this edition consisted of Alistair Hudson, director of the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Kyla McDonald, artistic director at Glasgow Sculpture Studios; Joanna Mytkowska, the director at the Museum Sztuki Nowoczesnej; Jan Verwoert, critic and curator; and was chaired by Alex Farquharson, director at Tate Britain. The exhibition of all nominees shortlisted for the prize continues at Tramway through 17 January...

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Rare Picasso collage acquired for the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

In October 2015, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, in Edinburgh, acquired a rare Cubist collage Bottle and Glass on a Table (1912) by Picasso thanks to the Walton Fund. It has joined a large Cubist drawing by Picasso, acquired by the gallery last year through the fund. Bottle and Glass on a Table depicts a stylised glass and bottle standing on a table. The bottle is composed of a piece of French newspaper, Le Journal, dating 3 December 1912. The collage is part of a small group of newspaper collages by Picasso. Instead of the Renaissance ideal of creating an illusion of depth, collage offers a new approach to the presentation of space and reality. Picasso’s cubist work dates from about 1907 to 1915. This work marks a landmark in Picasso’s career as it is the only newspaper collage by the artist to feature such stencilling, and indeed seems to be his first ever use of stencilled lettering. Henry Walton (1924-2012) was Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of International Medical Education at the University of Edinburgh and Sula Wolff (1924-2009) was the author of internationally acclaimed books on child psychiatry. Not only did they bequeath their art collection to the Gallery, but they also established the Henry and Sula Walton charitable Fund, specifically to help the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art make new and important acquisitions. Simon Groom, Director of the Gallery of Modern Art, commented: “Henry and Sula Walton were particularly passionate about Picasso’s work, assembling a collection of more than a dozen of his prints, which they bequeathed to us […] we now have a superb collection of Picasso’s Cubist...

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Roy Lichtenstein at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Until 10 January 2016, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh is presenting an exhibition of works by Roy Lichtenstein as part of their Reflections series of displays. The exhibition, with the help of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, stretches over three of the museum’s rooms, and is to display 16 large-scale prints of the artist’s work, alongside other iconic works from the 1960s. Lichtenstein was a key figure in the Pop Art movement, who took inspiration from comic strips in his hard edged compositions which mimic the precision of mass-produced industrial prints. The artist was also inspired by art history, two of his Modern Art prints from 1996 engaging in this rich past through his mimicry and reworking of classics by Monet and Picasso. His incorporation of elements of comic books, advertisements, and cartoons allow him to blur the lines between high and low culture, forcing the viewer to question the role and power of these images in their daily...

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“Possibilities of the Object” at The Fruitmarket Gallery

The Fruitmarket Gallery is hosting a group exhibition entitled “Possibilities of the Object: Experiments in Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Art”, until 25 May 2015. The exhibition examines the transitions that have occurred within the sphere of the object in Brazilian art since the 1950s, and the importance of these transitions in the establishment of the hugely influential experimental tradition in Brazilian contemporary art. Connecting the work of well-known Brazilian artists such as Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark and Mira Schendel, with the work of their lesser-known contemporaries and the younger generation of artists that followed, the exhibition is a celebration of some of the artistically radical sculptures with which Brazilian artists have tried to redefine what an art object can actually be. Featured artists include: Artur Barrio, Waltércio Caldas, Sergio Camargo, Aluísio Carvão, Amílcar de Castro, Willys de Castro, Lygia Clark, Antonio Dias, Fernanda Gomes, Jac Leirner, Antonio Manuel, Cildo Meireles, Ernesto Neto, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Mira Schendel, Tunga, and Carlos Zilio. The Fruitmarket Gallery has been operating as a visual arts space since 1974 and brings to Scotland the work of some of the world’s most important contemporary...

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