Lucian Freud, Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman and Degas — there’s something delicious for
everyone this year. Words: Helen Monaghan
he Americans are coming to
Scotland in 2004. Two are
already here. Cindy Sherman. the influential photographer, and Bill Viola. the master of the video. are on show at the National Gallery of Modern Art. Edinburgh until 7 March. But that's not all. Ellsworth Kelly (28 Jan—6 Mar), one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. is coming to the Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh for his first ever Scottish show. Kelly. who came into prominence in the 503 with his less than conventional shaped canvases. continues to make art at the grand old age of 80. And then in July, we have another Scottish first for Jasper Johns (1O Jul—1 9 Sep) at the National Gallery of Modern Art. One of the forerunners of Pop Art, Johns received critical acclaim for his paintings of flags. targets and numbers in the 508 but has continued to reinvent himself. The show features over 100 paintings. drawings and prints.
Despite January being deemed a ‘quiet
month‘ for most art forms. in the visual arts. it's buzzing. Padraig Timoney, (9—30 Jan) who featured in The British Art Show 5. has a solo show at the Modern Institute in Glasgow. Janice McNab (16 Jan—21 Feb) explores issues of isolation in society in a show of new paintings at the Talbot Rice. and over at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Coventry-born artist George Shaw (24 Jan—21 Mar) has his first Scottish show. Using Humbrol enamel paint (more commonly used in decorating model airplanes). he presents the urban environment from c0uncil estate footpaths to pub car parks. in these rich evocations of place and memory. The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2003 (14 Jan—21 Feb) returns to Glasgow School of Art with the winning entries to
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the largest annual open drawing exhibition in the UK. And in the Lighthouse in Glasgow, two of Finland's leading textile designers. mother and daughter team Riitta Liisa and Anna Riitta. will be creating a site-specific
installation, White Light (17 Jan—1 1 Apr).
In March, American photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper (17 Mar—8 May) returns to the Ingleby Gallery with new works taken with his cumbersome. iOO-year-old camera; and at the Collective Gallery. Edinburgh. look out for London-based Martin Westwood (27 Mar—24 Apr) who plans to dramatically reinvent the gallery space.
April is also a great month for exhibitions. The first ever survey of printmaking by Lucian Freud (3 Apr—13 Jun) is at SNGMA. Like his paintings. they concentrate on the human figure and his entire output of around 60 works will be on show. Glasgow-based Richard Wright (Apr—Jun) will be painting directly onto the walls of Dundee Contemporary Arts in this major solo show. and winner of the 2003 Beck‘s Futures. Rosalind Nashashibi (17 Apr—3O May). presents new films in a major exhibition at the CCA in Glasgow. Designer Bodies (Apr) at Stills. Edinburgh brings together works by Christine Borland, Jacqueline Donachie and Gair Dunlop in an exploration of the implications of genetic intervention.
At Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery. Nathan Coley (22 May—1 8 Jul) gets an eagerly anticipated mid-career survey. centering on two major projects which
include Lockerbie. Coley’s unofficial artist-
in-residence work at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands. The 80th birthday and work of Leith-born Eduardo Paolozzi (29 May—31 Oct) are celebrated at the Dean Gallery while the Royal Scottish Academy, for the first time in its histOry. presents an exhibition in photographic and new media in Dark Space (23 May—5 Jun) at the RSA Building.
June is the highlight of the art schools' calendar as final year students open their
Degree Shows at Glasgow School of Art. Edinburgh College of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. And the fifth Beck’s Futures (12 Jun—1 Aug) returns to the CCA with the work of the shortlisted artists: can Scotland be victorious again? More traditional is Stubbs and the Hunters (12 Jun—2 Oct) at the Hunterian Art Gallery. The show offers audiences the chance to see. for the first time in more than 200 years. paintings by the great painter of animals. George Stubbs.
And so to the Festival. Galleries keep their Festival plans close to their chests but announced so far is The Age of Titian (4 Aug—5 Dec) at the Royal Scottish Academy building. Edinburgh, which also marks the completion of the Playfair Project — an underground link between the National Gallery of Scotland and the RSA building. Alison Watt (4 Aug—1 1 Sep) unveils three new paintings. hung as a triptych at the Ingleby Gallery; Gavin Turk and Peter Saville feature in a Folio Exhibition at Edinburgh Printmakers (24 Jul—1 7 Sep) and Edinburgh College of Art links up with the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Elsewhere in August, Cathy Wilkes will be doing a project with Switchspace in Glasgow and Nahum Tevet. whose work was included in the Venice Biennale last year, is showing for the first time in the UK at DCA. in Dundee.
Looks like it's going to be another good year in the visual arts.
Bowie, Metallica, Mars Volta and the Darkness, ldlewild and Kraftwerk — don’t say you’re not spoiled. Words: Mark Robertson
f 2003 was the year that rock
monsters became extinct. this year
will be a time for more pioneering dance mUSIC to sneak out. Meanwhile. good old stomping rock what we called indie rock back in the middle ages. if I recall correctly) Will once again enjoy the honour of being the dominant force alongside the usual barrage of pop in good. bad and grotesquely manufactured forms.
Those Of you with a pan continental twist to yOur mu8ic tastes Will have all yOur craving sated With the arrival of the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards at the Usher Hall (9 Man. The list of winners is announced at the end of January. The event may seem like a niche music do but only if you consider the entire world of music a niche. Stars from all continents Will flock to Edinburgh to celebrate the unifying effects of lTlllSlC.
Continuing the trend for all things diverse. expect to see an expanded tripTych Festival in the spring. An announcement on its plans is due in early February.
The terminally over-excited appear to be flocking to T in the Park 1t) 1 1 Juli this year. As With the last one. when REM made public damn early then intentions to head for Balado. David Bowie and the Darkness have both shot their belts preniatuiely. announcing at recent gigs in Scotland that they Will be part of the summer pop fest. ()ther rumoured VISIIOTS include Pink (who has already confirmed a date at the St CC on 31 Mar. but might just come back). Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Strokes, David Gray and. if all else fails. we always know that Travis are on hand to make the crowds swoon. Personally.