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Three To See 2014: Art Festival

By | Published on Saturday 19 July 2014

Gary Baseman

When you’re faced with all that aggressively marketed (constantly flyered) live performance, it would be easy to forget about all the brilliant exhibitions available to view throughout the summer in Edinburgh. There are lots of great ones to see, and here are just a few of them, selected by your trusty ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro.  And don’t forget to pick up an Edinburgh Art Festival Programme, or see the festival website here.

Counterpoint is a series of events and exhibitions featuring the work of eight boundary-busting contemporary artists, put together with the aim of “expanding critical and conceptual thinking about visual art in relation to other subjects”. The creatives involved include Ross Birrell, who shows a new chapter of ongoing project ‘Envoy’, and performance artists Alexa Hare, Ortonandon and Jeans & MacDonald. The project also features works commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival and Talbot Rice Gallery by Shona MacNaughton, Michelle Hannah and Ellie Harrison.
Talbot Rice Gallery, until 18 Oct, Info here

John Byrne
If you’re a fan of that there John Byrne, artist, playwright and general all round cultural somebody, that native of Paisley responsible for ‘The Slab Boys Trilogy’ and TV’s ‘Tutti Frutti’, then you’re in luck, because there are two exhibitions featuring his work available to view in Edinburgh this summer. The National Portrait Gallery offers up a collection of drawings, paintings and multi-media pieces from throughout his career, while Bourne Fine Art’s show of paintings will be accompanied by a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ also featuring his work.
John Byrne: Dead End, Bourne Fine Art, until 1 Sep. Info here.
John Byrne: Sitting Ducks, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, until 19 Oct. Info here.

Mythical Homeland (pictured)
Los Angeles artist Gary Baseman interprets the holocaust and its effects on culture and identity with drawings, paintings, photographs and a short film, all installed in a small birch tree forest; it looks very visually arresting and is bound to be moving. Summerhall have loads of great exhibitions on over the summer, and to be honest, I found it quite a challenge to select just one from the fairly extensive programme of visual treats. So don’t just go and see this one, check out the other great displays on offer too.
Mythical Homeland, Summerhall, until 26 Sep. Info here.