Charles Jencks' Life Mounds at Jupiter Artland sculpture park
27 May 2009 The Guardian
THE rich have had a bad press lately, so all praise to Robert and Nicky Wilson who – having done rather nicely from the family homeopathic business and moved into a 17th-century mansion house outside Edinburgh – have behaved in the manner of the best Victorian philanthropists and turned their estate into a sculpture park. Rather than buy extant pieces, they have spent the last few years commissioning work inspired by the landscape. The result is nothing short of spectacular.
27 March 2009 The Guardian
TO walk through the half-dozen rooms of this major celebration of the work of JMW Turner is to take a journey from Romanticism to modernism. The artist's fascination with Italy began long before he first ventured there, and seemed only to intensify as his death approached in 1851. By structuring an exhibition around his obsession, this show demonstrates not only Turner's development as an artist, but the development of landscape painting itself.
16 January 2009 The Guardian
"THE difference between a dead Aleph and a living one is very subtle," runs one of the extended captions in Charles Avery's headily imaginative show, The Islanders: An Introduction. "Only a true hunter is able to diagnose it."
Andy Goldsworthy's Striding Arches near his Dumfriesshire home
2 October 2008 The Scotsman
ANDY Goldsworthy is sitting in his Dumfriesshire home framed by a painting made of sheep shit. It’s a piece I last saw at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in a major retrospective of the artist’s work last year.To create it, he placed a bucket of feed at the centre of a canvas and let the sheep walk all over it. The result: an earthy splatter painting with a luminous circle of white gleaming through the mud where the bucket once sat. It’s a reminder that even in the comfort of his cottage, sitting in front of a desk strewn with folders, large-format transparencies and CDs, this artist is never far from nature. Whether it’s the slate sculptures that line his driveway, the conical cairn that welcomes you into his village of Penpont or the delicate curtains of horse chestnut stalks he pins together with blackthorns, Goldsworthy is fascinated by the Earth’s raw materials.
November 2007 Humanitie, Humanist Society of Scotland
IMAGINE if you'd spent four months building scale replicas of every church in Edinburgh. You'd expect the work to give you an overwhelming sense of respect for the architecture, perhaps even a feeling of religious awe at the holy dedication of it all. Not so Nathan Coley. In 2004, the Turner Prize contender constructed 286 models representing every place of worship in the capital for a stunning exhibition at Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery. Using the Yellow Pages as his ecclesiastical guide, he built a toy-town landscape of spires, pinnacles and domes, all rammed up alongside each other in brown cardboard.
March 2007 Scotland on Sunday
CLAIRE Midwood is crouched in the middle of the gallery with a lump of mud at her knees.She's in the dead centre of the airy exhibition hall, which is set on the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, kneading the brown gunk into the shape of a large cannonball. It is both elegant and fetid, attractive in form and repellent in substance.
July 2006 The Guardian
THINK of early-20th-century pioneers and you imagine Shackleton tackling the Antarctic. But in the rarefied world of art, a pioneer counts as anyone who took a punt on the unsung Van Gogh.
April 2006 The Guardian
THE last place you would expect to find the work of proto-punk rocker Patti Smith is behind the colonnades of William B Whitie's baroque Mitchell Library.
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