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Making art for the digital age

Originally Submitted 8th February 2022 “Imagine walking into the National Gallery,” a digital artist recently told me, “with a bunch of people who’d never even seen a painting before. Auction off the artwork to them. What they’re happy to pay won’t depend on preconceptions they had coming into the gallery, but on what they like, […]

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Is it just a bunch of wank?

CW: Sexual Content A student at the ECA has been the latest victim in a long history of artistic censorship: that is one way of looking at the controversy that has recently arisen at the Edinburgh College of Art. An alternative narrative could see the dispute between Maciek Kosc (he/him) and the school as a […]

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The Venice Biennale: A disrespect to the modern art world

“The Venice Biennale is a Tesco’s Finest mixed platter at best. “ The Venice Biennale is a focal point in the art world, often heralded as the “art-world Olympics”: it is both a microcosm of art history as we know it as well as a barometer for current and forecasted trends, resulting in its prestigious status […]

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To NFT or Not to NFT? That is the question.

Picture this: it’s 2030. Galleries as we know and love (or hate) them are redundant. Now, there are no queues, travel expenses, coat checks or pretentious middle-aged white men explaining, for all to hear, why the work of the Guerrilla Girls isn’t really art. Instead, all it takes to engage with the visual culture of […]

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New Arrivals From Salvador Dalí to Jenny Saville

The (free!) exhibition that opened at the Scottish National Gallery Modern One this weekend displays their newest acquisitions spanning 110 years, hence the title New Arrivals: From Salvador Dali to Jenny Saville. The new arrivals are displayed across the entire ground floor of the neoclassical building, and with the exhibition remaining open until 2023, the artworks […]

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Cut and Paste at Modern Art Two

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two presents Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage. Spanning across six rooms, the exhibition traces the development of collage across the Western world from the 16th century to the modern day, tracking the art form as a mode of social critique alongside major art and political movements. […]

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Tremble Tremble and At the Gates, Talbot Rice Gallery

The phenomenal experience of Jesse Jones’ Tremble Tremble begins at the edge of darkness – one which consumes the spectator into a phantasmagorical womb of the Giantess. Like a spectre, a performer floats around the Georgian Gallery, and with her so does our attention; sometimes it is caught by a bell, or an illumination and […]

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REFRESH, Patriothall Gallery

REFRESH is the product of a collective of six artists who all graduated from Gray’s School of Art. It is their second exhibition that they have constructed together. It demonstrates how artists with the same training, who have followed the same path, can each approach a diverse range of materials from a ‘fresh’ and new […]