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Odysseys at Summerhall

Trudging through the wind and rain on my way to Summerhall to see Odysseys I myself felt like I was embarking on a kind of epic journey. Of course, my tendency towards the dramatic aside, the Summerhall exhibition – part of the ongoing Syn Festival – takes a much more high minded approach to its […]

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And per se and: Part XXII Liliane Tomasko and Howard Hodgkin

And per se and returns to the Ingleby Gallery for its twenty-second edition, this time pairing Liliane Tomasko’s ‘some.day’ (2016), already familiar from the previous instalment of this ongoing series, with Howard Hodgkin’s ‘Tide’ (2015-16). As is to be expected from this series the two works prove to be an interesting pair. Both the paintings […]

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This Script (and other drafts)

I must, first of all, make a confession – I know very little about spoken word poetry. When I sat down at the Scottish Storytelling Centre to watch Jenny Lindsay perform ‘This Script (and Other Drafts)’, therefore, I had no idea what to expect. Suffice to say, I was impressed. ‘This Script (and Other Drafts)’ […]

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The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump

Anyone that’s not been living under a rock for the past year will be aware that the White House is currently occupied by a man we’ve been assured is a ‘very stable genius’. Known for his impressively high IQ, and his impressively normal-sized hands, Donald Trump’s literary prowess has for too long been restricted by […]

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Exit from Coaltown

I would hesitate to call Exit From Coaltown an exhibition. In fact, it is so unassuming I almost walked straight past it. What Exit From Coaltown is, is a collection of work by Edinburgh based artist Michael Dawson displayed in the Summerhall cafe. Perhaps my preconceptions of an exhibition are a little too rigid and […]

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When We Were Young: Photographs of Childhood

In many ways, it could be argued that children are the perfect photography subject. They possess a genuine lack of self-consciousness that is so uncommon in the adult subject. Photographs of them feel like a revelation. We feel that we can see the true reality of these small subjects because of the unmitigated emotion they […]

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RSA: New Contemporaries

Royal Scottish Academy, Until 31st March Calling a show New Contemporaries might be taken to be a slight contradiction in terms, but the show truly does seem to be an expression of new art. Without any clear theme or unifying element, it would be easy to feel lost in this amalgamation of contemporary art, but […]

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Shia LaBeouf explores his artistic side from inside a lift

The actor’s foray into performance art takes a new turn, proving his commitment to the art form   Since his arrest, and much predicted breakdown, in 2014, Shia LaBeouf has made his foray into the world of performance art. First, his arrival on the red carpet of the Nymphomaniac premiere with his head covered with […]