The best galleries, exhibitions and other shows to see this monthby Emma Crichton-Miller / June 16, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
I Still Believe in Miracles: 30 years of Inverleith House
Inverleith House, Edinburgh, 23rd July to 23rd October
The title of this exhibition, part of this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, comes from a work Scottish artist Douglas Gordon created for Inverleith House in 2005. It reprised Gordon’s 1994 text piece “I believe in miracles”—but also gestured to the miracle that is Inverleith House: a bold contemporary art institution set in one of the world’s great botanical gardens. When Paul Nesbitt became Exhibitions Director in 1986, his brief was to curate shows of botanical art. Gradually, however, he began to include leading international and upcoming British artists, who were inspired by this 18th-century building and its setting. Andy Goldsworthy, Tina Modotti, Ed Ruscha, Richard Tuttle, Isa Genzken, Philip Guston, Richard Hamilton, Cy Twombly, Agnes Martin, Karla Black and Juergen Teller make up a formidable roll-call. This summer’s exhibition includes work by 30 artists—alongside displays of botanical drawings by John Hope (1725-86) and Hugh Cleghorn (1820-95).