Katie Paterson PIC: Scott Louden

Ones to watch in 2019: Katie Paterson, artist

Katie Paterson grapples with some of the biggest ideas in cosmology and deep time and offers up work which helps make them more understandable, whether that’s on a beach or in a gallery. Interview by Susan Mansfield

Detail from Untitled no.4, 1998 by Paula Rego PIC: Copyright Paula Rego, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

2019: The Year Ahead in Art

Optical illusions? Surrealist collages? Donegal carpets? You’ll find all these things and more in Scotland’s galleries in the year ahead, write Susan Mansfield and Duncan Macmillan

Iain Morrison and his band perform Sal: PIC: Christian Cooksey/Braeside Photography

Music / Art reviews: Sal and Iolaire 100, An Lanntair, Stornoway

As First World War centenary commemorations draw to a close, the Outer Hebrides marks a special anniversary, for the aftermath of the war brought a particularly savage tragedy to these islands. On Hogmanay 1918, a yacht packed with returning servicemen sank after hitting rocks less than a mile from the harbour at Stornoway with the loss of 201 lives. For many years, the sinking of the Iolaire seemed a disaster too terrible to comprehend: men who had survived the war, drowned just yards from shore, even as their families joyfully awaited their return. On top of already heavy wartime losses the event would leave no community untouched, yet it was shored up behind a wall of silence. It was 1960 before a memorial was erected near the site of the sinking at the Beasts of Holm.

Olympia 2013-14 by Jenny Saville

2018: The Year in Visual Art

There were brilliant shows all around Scotland, celebrating the best artists of the past and those pushing boundaries today, write Susan Mansfield and Duncan Macmillan

Detail of An Teallach, Dundonnell, 'February 2016 by Craig Aitchison

Books for Christmas: The Best Photography Books

As the years roll by and the internet becomes increasingly saturated with camera phone snaps from every corner of the globe, you might expect photography books to fall out of fashion. Curiously, however, these unwieldy, low-tech artefacts now feel more relevant than ever, first as a means of making us stop and think about the art of image-making, and second as a means of drawing our attention to different places and times in a way that’s far more immersive and meaningful than simply scrolling through hundreds of random images on Instagram.

Never Mind II c.1966-67 by Robin Philipson

Book reviews: Robin Philipson by Elizabeth Cumming | The Art and Craft of Gertrude Alice Meredith Williams by Phyllida Shaw

Not so long ago, books on Scottish art were a rare event. Things have changed and so it is a pleasure to be able now to welcome two new books at once. Elizabeth Cumming has written Robin Philipson, a biography of one of the most notable figures in Scottish art of the post-war decades, while Phyllida Shaw has written a biography of Gertrude Alice Meredith Williams, less well-known, but, as she demonstrates, important. The history of Scottish art is still a small world, however, and Cumming has written a foreword to Shaw’s book.

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