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Edinburgh Art Festival

 26 July to 2 September 2007

The Edinburgh Art Festival, now in its fourth year, showcases work by some of the best Scottish, national, and international artists exhibiting in Edinburgh, during the month of August.

Having successfully spent the last three years, harnessing under one festival, the enormous amount of high quality, visual arts activity taking place in Edinburgh each year, the festival is now entering a new stage. With the recent appointment of the festival’s first ever director Joanne Brown, it is now able to concentrate on developing its own programme of curatorial talks and events. Ensuring that, with more galleries, institutions and artist-led organisations taking part that ever before, the Festival continues to be a major player in the cultural arena during August.

Le Taureau, Picasso, 28 December 1945 ; Courtesy Succession Picasso/DACS 2007
Brush and pen and ink lithograph with scraper, 32.6 x 44.4 cm sheet
Graphische Sammlung, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

One of the major themes of this year’s programme is the work and life of Picasso, with two of the national institutions in Edinburgh showing major exhibitions of his work: Picasso: Fired with Passion at the National Museums of Scotland looks at Picasso’s life after the Second World War when he was living in the South of France; Picasso on Paper, at the Dean Gallery, is showing around 100 drawings borrowed from the world famous Staatsgalerie Museum’s collection in Stuttgart.

International highlights from this year’s programme include; a major retrospective of Warhol at the National Gallery of Scotland, work by South African artist William Kentridge at Edinburgh Printmakers and a major exhibition of photographs taken in 1974 by American artist William Eggleston at Inverleith House. These photographs are on public display for the first time ever during the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Among those better-known UK artists, who are showing new work are; Turner prize nominee Nathan Coley at doggerfisher, Alex Hartley at The Fruitmarket Gallery, David Batchelor at Talbot Rice, Rachel Whiteread at Ingleby Gallery and photographer John Stezaker at Stills.

For more information on what's on and where to find it, visit the Edinburgh Art Festival website.

The Edinburgh Art Festival is supported by the Scottish Arts Council and The City of Edinburgh Council.


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