A Quick Recap
March saw a number of exciting developments in the Scottish art world. We’ve condensed what’s been happening into nice little bite-sized chunks for your perusal…
A large collection of prints and paintings by pop-art legend And Warhol is to go on display in Scotland for the very first time, writes Phil Millar of The Herald.
Whilst this is cheating slightly as it was announced at the start of April, we felt it was too big to wait another month to mention!
Over 40 of his works exploring power and politics will be on show to the public for FREE at the Scottish Government from October 4 to November 3 and include portraits of former American presidents Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon, amongst others.
For many of the pieces, this exhibition will be the first time they have been displayed anywhere in the world outside of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
The free exhibition, which has been described as “priceless”, was gifted to the Parliament by the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in recognition of the Carnegie UK Trust’s centenary.
As the article states, director of the Warhol Museum Eric Shiner said: "There has not been a Warhol show like this before, and we are very excited about that, a show inside a building of government like this.
"It is a perfect fit on a number of levels, and I am sure Andy would be very happy to see this happen. He was very interested in politics, in looking at politicians and people in positions of power."
Young Scot Arts Award 2013 Finalists Announced
The three finalists of the Young Scot Arts Award 2013 sponsored by Creative Scotland have been announced and they’re a talented bunch!
Will Anderson, 23, Kyle Murray, 20, and Morgan Spence, 13, will fight it out to be crowned winner at a plush awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on Friday, 19 April 2013, with the awards being broadcast on STV a few days after the ceremony.
The Creative Scotland website took a closer look at this year’s finalists.
Judges have the unenviable task of choosing between Anderson, a BAFTA winner for Best Short Animation, Murray, one of Scottish Ballet’s newest recruits, and Spence, who at the tender age of just 13 has just been personally commissioned by DJ Paul Oakenfold to produce a video for an new music track due for release later this year. No pressure, then!
Kenneth Fowler, Director of Communications, Creative Scotland stated:
“The Young Scot Awards commend the hard work, skills and passion of the young people of Scotland and Creative Scotland is delighted to sponsor The Arts category.
“There is a wealth of young creative talent from all over Scotland, with young people producing inspired work across all art forms, from visual art to dance, from music to film. The Arts category is a fantastic way to highlight this. We wish all the finalists the best of luck.”
National Museum of Scotland is top of the world!
Scotland’s busiest attraction, The National Museum of Scotland, has been voted in the top 20 of the world’s most popular museums and galleries, writes Brian Ferguson in The Scotsman .
The Art Newspaper’s annual audit saw the museum, which has also just been voted the ninth most popular attraction in the UK last year, join the likes of the Louvre in Paris at the world’s top table of museums and galleries.
Following a multi-million pound revamp, the museum attracted some 1.9 million visitors in 2012 alone.
Dr Gordon Rintoul, director of National Museums Scotland, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the recent news that the National Museum of Scotland was the first Scottish attraction to make the UK top ten, but for a Scottish museum to be in the top 20 most visited museums and galleries in the world is nothing short of remarkable, particularly when you consider the population of Edinburgh in comparison to the other cities and attractions on the list."
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