The best exhibitions in July, from London to Edinburghby Emma Crichton-Miller / June 20, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Jac Leirner: Add it up
As part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, this leading Scottish not-for-profit contemporary art gallery is showing the work of renowned Brazilian artist Jac Leirner. Her work circles obsession and addiction, with many pieces constructed from the ordering and reordering of objects, from rulers and spirit levels to cigarette papers and Sudoku. Leirner’s work draws on Arte Povera and minimalism, with the transformation of banal and everyday materials into compelling sculptures. Alongside will be a series of beautiful, multi-layered watercolours.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Between 1963 and 1983, the Civil Rights movement inspired a generation of African American visual artists. This exhibition displays the work of over 60, from Harlem murals to Romare Bearden’s powerful photomontages to Jack Whitten’s cool, abstract black triangle, Homage to Malcolm, (1970). Abstract expressionist paintings by Norman Lewis, Betye Saar’s feminist assemblages—these artworks forged an idea of black art and created its audience.
The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt