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TOP 5 AUTUMN EXHBITIONS
Visual Art editor Rachael Cloughton picks out ﬁve exhibitions we’re looking forward
to this autumn
The Shock of Victory
THE TIES THAT BIND One year on from the Scottish Referendum, this pivotal event has inspired two relective exhibitions: the irst, The Ties That Bind, presents a collection of photographs taken by the Document Scotland Collective at the time, capturing the multiplicity of views and subtle nuances surrounding the larger debate. See preview, page 90. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 26 Sep–Sun 24 April 2016.
THE SHOCK OF VICTORY The Shock of Victory is the second of those Referendum- inspired exhibitions. It will concentrate on a post-referendum landscape, proposing artistic approaches, techniques and provocations that have departed from Scotland since. See preview, page 90. CCA, Glasgow, Fri 18 Sep–Sun 1 Nov. MODERN SCOTTISH WOMEN | PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS 1885–1965 This long-awaited exhibition will celebrate the signiicant and often overlooked contribution made by women artists to Scottish art history. The exhibition focuses on works produced between 1885 and 1965 – the period when Fra Newbery became Director of Glasgow School of Art, until the year of painter Anne Redpath’s death. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Sat 7 Nov–Sun 26 Jun 2016.
THE TURNER PRIZE 2015 One of the art world’s most signiicant prizes will be coming to Glasgow this autumn. This is the irst time the show has been exhibited in Scotland, despite the increasing number of Scottish artists that have made up the shortlist in recent years. See feature, left. Tramway, Glasgow, Thu 1 Oct–Sun 17 Jan 2016. BIRDS OF A FEATHER BY LUC TUYMANS The Talbot Rice Gallery has organised an impressive programme to celebrate its 40th anniversary, and this exhibition of work by the acclaimed and inluential contemporary painter Luc Tuymans is eagerly awaited. The show has strong ties to the university collection: much of the artist’s recent work was inspired by a visit to the collection last year, particularly its portraits by Henry Raeburn. Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, Oct–Dec 2015.
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Bonnie Camplin ‘The Military Industrial Complex’
Nicole Wermers, Infrastruktur ‘Untitled Chairs’
JANICE KERBEL Janice Kerbel’s nominated work ‘DOUG’ was commissioned in Glasgow, by the Common Guild gallery, and shown in May of this year. Like Bonnie Camplin, the Toronto-raised Kerbel lectures in ine art at Goldsmiths, and is notable for the breadth and variety of media she uses. Her works tend to construct narratives around imagined places using existing media as a storytelling form; for example, her 1999 ‘Bank Job’ was a detailed (imagined) manual describing how a bank may be robbed; 2006’s ‘Deadstar’ planned and created a Wyoming ghost town, complete with ghost stories; and 2011’s ‘Kill the Workers!’ was a ‘play’ told entirely using stage lights. Originally blogged in 2012 as part of an online project reacting to the work of Charles Dickens, dubbed Our Mutual Friends, ‘DOUG’ was commissioned by the Common Guild as a one-off performance held in the Mitchell Library. It featured nine songs for six unaccompanied voices, each telling of another catastrophic event in the life of the title character.
NICOLE WERMERS Born in Germany and now based in London, Nicole Wermers creates work which operates as a form of response and comment upon the role of design in society. She creates seductive, beautifully textured forms and then, for example, binds them together with heavy chains, roping them off from use, or allows them to be used as an ashtray. Wermers also uses fashion magazines to create all-new decorative forms. Her Turner nomination is for the show Infrastruktur, held at London’s Herald St gallery, which looks at ‘the structures of ritualised social relations in general and at the material objects through which these relations are communicated in particular’. It contains two elements: ‘Untitled Chairs’, a series of chairs upholstered with a woman’s fur coat draped over the back, and a series of clay reliefs in the form of torn-off scraps of paper.
Turner Prize 2015 Exhibition, Tramway, Glasgow, Thu 1 Oct–Sun 17 Jan. The winner will be announced on Mon 7 Dec.