Arts review: Edinburgh Art Festival

Jupiter Artland and Inverleith House make wonderful backdrops for exciting work, while the late Jo Spence’s art is as vital as ever

Glasgow Girls is showing at the Edinburgh Fringe. Picture: Robert Day

Scotsman critic’s choice: Four must-see shows on this week

The Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see theatre, art and concerts for the next week

The Holyrood  parliament designed by Spanish architect Enric Miralles is in the running for the  Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland award. Picture: Jayne Wright.

Scottish Parliament named among Scots buildings of the century

The Scottish Parliament building and the modern extension to Edinburgh’s Victorian Royal Museum will compete with a shopping centre, a former tyre factory and a tiny concrete castle for the honour of being named the nation’s best building of the last century.

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The  Kelpie burger being fed to Duke, one of the Kelpies. Picture: Michael Gillen/ Johnston Press

Kelpies creator demands nearby burger van be moved

Artist Andy Scott has threatened legal action over a “tacky burger van” that sits in the shadow of his beloved Kelpies sculptures.

The painting of Brigitte Bardot will be joined by a selection of works by Peter Howson, Andy Scott and John Bellany. Picture: Neil Hanna

Bardot, Bowie and Berkoff artworks go under hammer in Edinburgh

A classic image of sixties sex symbol and actor Brigitte Bardot, a rare painting by David Bowie and a Peter Howson portrait of Edinburgh Festival regular Stephen Berkoff are to go under the hammer in Scotland this week.

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Alice Neels younger son and his wife in Hartley and Ginny, 1970. Picture: Contributed

Alice Neel’s life on canvas gets first Scotland exhibition

Alice Neel’s fascinating life is on the canvas for all to see, writes Susan Mansfield

Highland Landscape, c1930s by William Gillies. Picture: Contributed

Arts review: Gillies & Maxwell | Demarco & Beuys

Two new exhibitions explore artistic friendships: the contrasting styles and temperaments of Gillies and Maxwell and the political intent of Demarco and Beuys

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Anohni, a transgender British-born US singer, will be performing at the Playhouse. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Scotsman critic’s choice: Four must-see shows on this week

The Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see theatre, art and concerts for the next week

Harry Bensons pictures are on show at the Scottish Parliament  in a Festival retrospective. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scots photographer fears worst if ‘dangerous’ Trump is president

A Scottish photographer who has captured every US president since Eisenhower on camera says he is fearing the worst if Donald Trump enters the White House because he is so “dangerous”.

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New public artworks in the Hebrides, Helensburgh and John OGroats have emerged as winners of the prestigious 2016 Art in Public Places Awards. Picture: Contributed

Installations in rural Scotland scoop top art awards

They bring a splash of colour and verve to some of the country’s most striking landscapes.

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MayBe, a dance piece by Glasgow-based choreographer Marc Brew, is among the shows at Tramway's Unlimited festival. Picture: Susan Hay

Festival proves Unlimited potential of disabled artists

AN ARTS festival which grew from the London Olympic Games hopes to inspire the next generation of Scottish performers living with disabilities.

A Drama in Time by Graham Fagen. Picture: Contributed

Arts review: More Lasting Than Bronze | Jonathan Owen

From the First World War and the Easter Rising to the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, the site-specific work at this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival is inspired by momentous events

Cast of The Glass Menagerie. Picture: Johan Persson

Scotsman critic’s choice: Four must-see shows on this week

The Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see theatre, art and concerts for the next week

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Work by Jacquelyn Pearce. Picture: Contributed

Arts review: RSA Open Exhibition 2016, Edinburgh

Small is beautiful at this year’s RSA Open Exhibition, as diverse works from diverse talents share space to surprisingly good effect

The winning picture in landscape photography competition. Picture: Contributed

Fishing boat on Argyll loch is best landscape photo

A photograph of a fishing boat as it navigated a loch has won first prize in a new Scottish landscape photography competition.

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Henry Taylor Wyse

Art review: Henry Taylor Wyse

Generally our knowledge of the history of art resembles the experience of looking at a mountain range from a great distance. The peaks are clear enough, but the rest is just a blue haze. You have to make an effort to go closer if you want to make out the hills and lesser mountains.

A small show of exquisite pots at the Edinburgh Museum, (and another exhibition running in parallel in Hill House, Helensburgh,) marks just such a necessary closer approach. Doing so, it brings into focus quite a significant lesser mountain in the range we identify as Scottish art.

This is the remarkable character and typical Arts and Crafts figure of Henry Taylor Wyse, the subject not only of these two exhibitions, but also of a biography by Elizabeth Cumming and Heather Jack.

Artist Jonathan Owen with his re-carved 19th century sculpture. Picture: Toby Williams

Artist brings new vision to Burns Monument with female statue

THE temple-like building has been one of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks for almost two centuries – but for most of its life has been closed to the public.

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Illumination 2009, by Ai Weiwei

Art review: Facing The World / The Taylor Wessing Prize

By nature I’m the kind of person who prefers autobiography to biography. It’s not that the former is more truthful than the latter (it’s often quite the opposite) but that just how someone decides to shape their own story can be absolutely fascinating. The view from the inside, however skewed, is sometimes more revealing than that from the outside.

So when it comes to two parallel exhibitions at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery this summer, one of self-portraits and one of photographic portraits, the selfies win hands (or more often, face) down. I use the word selfies unashamedly. For while the fascinating touring exhibition Facing the World includes the big beasts and serial offenders of five centuries of historic self-portraiture including Rembrandt, Gustave Courbet and Max Beckmann, it begins with a photo booth where you can take your own image and have it briefly appear in the exhibition space. And there are artists’ selfies too: a loop of Ai Weiwei’s Instagram shots and the shocking selfies that recorded his arrest in 2009 and his subsequent hospitalisation with a cerebral haemorrhage.

Natural Magick by Calum Colvin, at St Andrews Photography Festival

ART: St Andrews launches annual photography festival

It started with a patent. Or, more accurately, the absence of one. When Henry Fox Talbot invented the calotype in 1841, he patented his idea in England only (at the time, patents were separate in Scotland, Wales and Ireland, with each country incurring further expense and administration). His decision had one important result: it opened the way for a small town on the east coast of Scotland to become a hotbed for the development of photography.

An artist's impression of the central atrium of the new school planned for the geosciences department at the University of Edinburgh: Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh university moves forward with geosciences plan

A FIRM of architects established by one of the best known Scots in the industry has won a major international design contest to build a new school for the University of Edinburgh.

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