From Death to Death and other small tales in Edinburgh

From Death to Death and other small tales in Edinburgh

Just caught it before it closes this week, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art yet again has a show of international quality with this gem of an exhibition which puts together about fifty works from a private collection of a wealthy Greek collector, with a similar number of major works from its own collection. […]

Jupiter in Scotland

Jupiter in Scotland

A hidden treasure near Edinburgh is Jupiter Artland, “Contemporary Art Orbiting Edinburgh”. This private collection of site-specific sculptures is the private collection of Nicky and Robert Wilson. Five years old, it includes works by Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn and others and the addition for 2013 of works by Sam Durant and Sara Barker, all set […]

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco “Thinking in Circles” in Edinburgh

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco “Thinking in Circles” in Edinburgh

One of the highlights of the Edinburgh Festival is the solo exhibition by the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco at the Fruitmarket Gallery, whose sculptural work was exhibited at Tate Modern a few years ago.  The exhibition includes a series of never before exhibited, large geometric works on acetate, that were made in the mid 1990s […]

What to do with your old skateboard?

What to do with your old skateboard?

Old skateboards?  Recycle them as sculpture of course… Earlier in the year at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, Japanese artists Haroshi had a solo exhibition ‘virtual reality’ celebrating a decade of creating sculpture from skateboards which gives the work striking coloured layers, without the need for any additional colouring or paint. Read more…. […]

Can waste carbon be used as a construction material??

Can waste carbon be used as a construction material??

Renewables and Environment has an interesting report by Michael Fisher on a $9 million research grant to the University of Newcastle in Australia to investigate the feasibility of forming captured carbon into large bricks, possibly for use in construction. Apparently, these bricks could have a similar structure to limestone, which has been used in construction since […]

New Student Centre for LSE rises to create a new heart for the campus

New Student Centre for LSE rises to create a new heart for the campus

The London School of Economics new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre is progressing well.  The striking architecture, the result of an architectural competition by Dublin architects O’Donnell Tuomey, will provide new student facilities and a striking new building at the heart of the campus.  It is great to see the imaginative use of brick instead […]

Fashion and Status in Tudor and Stuart times

Fashion and Status in Tudor and Stuart times

After visiting the State Rooms and Coronation exhibition, visitors could do no worse than going to see the current exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery.  Somehow many people miss it, perhaps because its subject appears unexciting, but it has had stunning reviews – by Richard Dorment in the Telegraph and, most unusually, from Brian Sewell in the Evening Standard who […]

Seeing Red with Hugo Boss

Seeing Red with Hugo Boss

In the project space at the Saatchi Gallery is an exhibition celebrating 20 years of Hugo Boss.  Unusually – and to be commended – Hugo Boss has commissioned 20 international artists to create interactive artworks that reflect the brand’s key colours.  This is a fun exhibition where the visitor can enjoy and participate in the […]