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ARTICLES & REVIEWS
Greg Thomas: writer & editor
SCOTTISH ART NEWS
"Studios of Sanctuary"
Interview with three of the refugee-artists involved with Edinburgh Printmakers' In from The Margins residency programme, Ethar Dira, Paria Goodarzi, and Antony Reznick.
"Blowing in the Wind"
On Keg de Souza's solo show Shipping Roots, at Climate House, Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, exploring stories of botanical migration.
"The Glasgow Enlightenment"
On Rabiya Choudry's signage for three east-end libraries in Glasgow, commissioned by Common Guild.
"Scale Model Memories"
Review of a show of paintings by Willie Sutherland at Beacon Arts, Greenock.
"A Yorkshire Haunting"
Interview with film-maker Andrew Black ahead of the premiere of his Margaret Tait Award commission On Clogger Lane.
Review of the group exhibition Hidden Histories: Exploring Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Dundee’s Art Collection at the McManus Art Gallery and Museum.
"Jessie Sheeler, 1939-2022"
Obituary for the important early collaborator of Ian Hamilton Finlay who co-founded Wild Hawthorn Press and Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.
On Matthew Arthur Williams's Soon Come at DCA, Dundee, a sequence film and video works exploring diasporic British-Caribbean identity.
Review of Andrew Gannon's exhibition of sculptures made with casts for prosthetic limbs at Fruitmarket.
"On Painting/ Painting On"
Review of Hayley Tompkins's show Far, at Edinburgh's Fruitmarket, including examples of the artist's painted household objects.
"Empty Abundant Gardens"
On Elizabeth Price's UNDERFOOT, a film-work and rug piece commissioned for the Hunterian, Glasgow.
"Mad Grass Painting"
Survey of a recent show of abstract painting by Chinese-Malaysian artist Hock Aun-Teh, who became the first Asian graduate of GSA's School of Painting and Drawing in 1974.
"Flights of Remembrance"
Review of Frank McElhinney's conceptual photography show Flight at Street Level, Glasgow, exploring the history of Scottish-Irish migration.
"Let Glasgow Flourish"
On the show Lanark, at Glasgow's Hunterian, a set of materials from the Alasdair Gray archive recording the creation of the novel.
"The Monks' Tale"
Interview with Angus Writers Circle, the first residents of artist Bobby Niven's New Scriptorium, built on the grounds of Arbroath Abbey.
"Empire of Joy"
On Saoirse Amira Anis, For No Other Reason than Joy, at Cample Line, an exploration of the domain of the artist's alter-ego Freedom Princess.
"Katie Paterson, Requiem"
Review of a show comprising fossil remnants from across geological history. At Edinburgh's Ingleby Gallery, April-June 2022.
"Et in Arcadia Artifice"
On Abbas Akhavan's Study for a Garden, a set of site specific installations at Mount Stuart on Bute.
"John Patrick Byrne, A Big Adventure"
Review of the first retrospective of Byrne's work in over 20 years, at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
Interview with Katie Paterson on the opening of her exhibition Requiem.
"X Marks the Spot"
On Sulaïman Majali, the recipient of the 2022 Margaret Tait Award, commissioned by LUX Scotland to support experimental film and moving-image in Scotland.
"Meet Me at the Threshold"
On a group show in Edinburgh featuring work by the Talbot Rice Gallery's resident artists for 2018-21.
Review of show by Moira Salt and Fiona McGurk at 16 Nicholson Street, Glasgow, curated by Aga Paulina Młyńczak.
"Kind(s) of Blue"
Artist's profile on Scottish-Zimbabwean photographer and performer Sekai Machache.
"Of Books, Barns, and Boats"
On Fair Winds and Following Seas, a group show in honour of Leonard McDermid and the Stichill Marigold Press.
"Hill-walking for the Eyes"
Review of James Hugonin's Fluctuations in Elliptical Form at the Ingleby, Edinburgh.
"Drawn from Memory"
Artist's profile on Glasgow-based Korean painter Sin Park.
"Things of the Flesh"
Review of the Hunterian Gallery and Roberts Foundation exhibition Flesh Arranges Itself Differently.
"A Field in England"
Review of Amartey Golding, Bring Me to Heal, at Tramway, Glasgow.
On a new show of paintings and sculptures by Cathy Wilkes at Glasgow's Modern Institute.
Review of Jyll Bradley's sculptural installation Pardes at Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery.
On a new version of Ashanti Harris's dance piece An Exercise in Exorcism, performed at Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art.
"Labour and Liberation"
Review of Howardena Pindell: A New Language at The Fruitmarket, Edinburgh.
Review of Acts of Observation, a group show exploring the politics of contemporary disability at Collective, Edinburgh.
"John Andrew 1933-2021"
Obituary for the stone carver, graphic designer, teacher, and long-time collaborator of Ian Hamilton Finlay.
"Mind the Matter"
Review of Moyna Flanigan's new show of paintings, Matter, at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh.
"The Language of Things"
Review of Tonico Lemos Auad's exhibition of sculptural objects Unknown to the World, at Cample Line, Dumfries.
Review of Alex Boyd's Tir an Airm (“Land of the Military”), an exhibition of photographs exploring Scotland's militarised landscapes at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh.
Review of Gather and Arrange, an exhibition of textile art by design collective Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way at Mount Stuart House, Bute.
"Naturally It Is Not"
Reviews of Alaya Ang and Hussein Mitha, Plotting (against) the Garden and Christine Borland, In Relation to Linum, at Edinburgh Art Festival 2021.
"Always in Paradise"
Antiguan artist Frank Walter's circular "spool" paintings offer a window into the centre of a visionary imagination, as a new show at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, reveals.
A history of Glasgow University's holdings of paintings and correspondence by James McNeill Whistler, celebrating a new exhibition of Whistler's work at the Hunterian Gallery.
On the Scottish modernist painter Margot Sandeman, including her creative relationships with Joan Eardley and Ian Hamilton Finlay.
"The Youngest and The Best"
Shaun Fraser and Will Maclean's new show Owners of the Soil, at The Fine Art Society Edinburgh, uses collage and sculpture to dig into themes of migration and colonisation.
"What If . . . ? / Scotland"
Review of a show at V&A Dundee pairing citizens with architects across six towns in Scotland to devise solutions to problems of infrastructure and community cohesion.
Review of John Brennan's Scotland's Rural Home: Nine Stories about Contemporary Architecture (Lund Humphries, 2021)
Five highlights of the Ian Hamilton Finlay exhibition Marine, at Edinburgh City Arts Centre.
A Conversation between contemporary artists and filmmakers Jamie Crewe and Tako Taal about their work exploring trans and racialised identities.
Ilana Halperin's summer 2021 exhibition There Is A Volcano Behind My House, at Mount Stuart House on Bute, is a dazzling exploration of geology and genealogy.
"Art of Survival"
On the history of Mount Stuart, a masterpiece of Victorian gothic architecture on the Isle of Bute.
On the life and work of Scottish textile artist Archie Brennan, ahead of an exhibition of his work at the Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh.
"Pulling at the Thread"
Interview with textile artist Christian Newby ahead of his show Boredom>Mischief>Fantasy>
Radicalism>Fantasy at the Collective Gallery.
"At the Threshold"
Review of Alastair Noble's artist's book in homage to Ian Hamilton Finlay.
On the Bothy Project network of interregional artists' residencies across Scotland.
"Ian Hamilton Finlay and Ian Gardner: A Walled Garden"
Review of artist's book documenting Finlay's 1980s collaboration with Albert Speer, former Nazi architect and armaments minister.
"In Praise of Shading"
On Scottish painter Alan Johnston, exploring his engagement with Japanese Wabi-Sabi aesthetics.
"A Man Walks into an Art Gallery..."
Interview with sculptor Mick Peter about his cartoon-based installation works.
Review of Joanne Coates's North Sea Swells, a photo-portrait of the Orkney fishing industry.
"Chagall at the Circus"
On Marc Chagall's The Horse Rider (1949-53), his first work to be purchased for a public collection in Scotland.
Review of painter Sara Barker's exhibition Undo the Knot, at Cample Line Gallery.
"Hidden Depths: Edwin Morgan's Scrapbooks"
On the extraordinary 35-year scrapbook project of Scottish modernist poet Edwin Morgan, and influences on it from Surrealism to Cold War politics.
"The Universal in the Particular: The Glasgow School at Cockburnspath"
Surveying the work of Glasgow School painters at their artists' colony at Cockburnspath during the 1880s.
Review of Alistair Peebles/Brae Editions, The Gledfield Effect
Review of an artist's book evoking the brief but creatively rich period Ian Hamilton Finlay spent at Gledfield Farmhouse in the northern Highlands.
"The Enigma of John Lavery: Irish Nationalist, Glasgow Boy, British State Artist"
An overview of the life and work of the Irish-born Glasgow School painter John Lavery (1856-1941).
"Postcards from the Front"
A survey of the Fleming-Wyfold Collection's new acquisition of Ian Hamilton Finlay prints.
Review of Sylvia Wishart, Orkney Drawings 1968-1977, and Frances Scott, Undertow
Review of photo-books and sketches by modern and contemporary artists evoking the landscapes of the Orkneys.
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