SHOW me the monkey! A dual screen video installation that presents a drama written for chimpanzees (yes, really) and performed by human actors juxtaposed with the reactions of an audience of chimps.
Researched – and partly filmed – at Edinburgh Zoo, the LA-based Mayeri collaborated with comparative psychologist Dr Sarah-Jane Vick to develop the work by testing different styles and genres of movies on simians to see how they would respond. Much like Hollywood does with humans come to think of it...
Edinburgh College of Art, 2 Aug-2 Sept, free, Edinburgh College of Art
WEAVING THE CENTURY: TAPESTRY FROM DOVECOT STUDIOS 1912-2012
Supported by Creative Scotland 2012, Dovecot Studios presents an exhibition of its weaving collaborations with acclaimed British and international artists over the past 100 years. When you consider that these artists include David Hockney, Paul Gauguin, Eduardo Paolozzi and Cecil Beaton, tapestry takes on a new appeal. The exhibition features more than 60 works, including rarely-seen pieces on loan from private collection and museums in the UK and the USA.
Dovecot Studios, 13 July-7 Oct, free, Dovecot Studios
JOHN BELLANY AT 70
One of Scotland’s most influential contemporary artists, Bellany – who was born in Port Seton in 1942 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art – had a Calvinist background and many of his paintings can still be interpreted religiously in their recognition of evil and mortality. However, many of his other works hark back to his childhood – rather more happily – in their depiction of harbours and the fishing community.
Open Eye Gallery, 13 Aug-4 Sept, free, Open Eye Gallery
PHILIP GUSTON – LATE PAINTINGS
The first Scottish exhibition of work by the late US artist, Guston (1913-1980) was one of the first Abstract Expressionists. Later paintings incorporating disparate elements from the Ku Klux Klan to cigarettes proved controversial in the Seventies but are now widely regarded as some of the most important works of the late 20th century.
Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, 25 July-7 Oct, free, Inverleith House
HARRY HILL – MY HOBBY
Yes, that Harry Hill – television’s floppy collared loon™ – is also a painter. This is his first public exhibition, and the main appeal is his scattershot surrealism and affectionate pokes at celebrity culture – his most recent work, for instance, is a collection featuring British pop stars painted on coconuts.
White Stuff, 89 George Street, 4 Aug-2 Sept, free