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Issue 19 - Art and antiques news

Scotland Magazine Issue 19
March 2005


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Art and antiques news

Art and antiques news by Sally Toms

Glasgow gets in to the groove

The annual United Kingdom art prize Beck’s Futures has been described by Vogue as ‘the groovy alternative to the Turner Prize’ and this summer it is set to take up residence in Glasgow this summer at the Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Organised in collaboration with Beck’s Bier and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Beck’s Futures identifies, supports and promotes the work of the UK’s most promising contemporary artists.

Now in its sixth year, it has established itself as the most generous of all UK art prizes, with the winner receiving a whopping £65,000 ($121,600). Dutch-born Sakia Olde-Wolbers won the coveted prize in 2004. Her video installation Interloper follows the voice of a comatose man as he travels the interior of a hospital.

This year’s nominees include the instigator of a high-camp cabaret night; an artist who has featured Jabba the Hutt in a performance; and another who has used crushed Styrofoam cups in an artwork. This winner will be announced in late April.

Beck’s Futures 2005
3rd June – 4th August
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
Tel: +44 (0)141 332 7521
Admission: free

Embossed pictures attract buyers

A large collection of paintings by Irishman Samuel Dixon have been sold for £117,000 at Lyon and Turnbull in Edinburgh.

It has been nearly 250 years since Dixon invented a method of producing embossed pictures of flowers and birds that became known as Basso Relievo. The paintings enjoyed great popularity during the mid 18th century.

In all 22 paintings were sold, with the highest price going for to a pair of pictures of a Crowned and Numbian Crane which sold for a total of £20,000 ($37,500).

Many of the pictures went to overseas buyers including Ireland and the USA.

Exhibition previews

Our Highland Home: Victoria and Albert in Scotland
18th March – 5th June 2005

A fascinating exhibition tracing the development of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort’s intense love affair with Scotland opens in March. The exhibition will feature some rarely seen paintings, engravings and sculpture by artists such as Turner, Landseer and Winterhalter as well as many of the young queen’s personal items..

It will be take place at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, Edinburgh
Admission: £4.00 ($7.50)
Tel: +44 (0)131 624 6200

Monarch of the Glen: Landseer in the Highlands
14th April –10th July 2005

This is the first Scottish exhibition ever to be devoted to Edwin Landseer (1802-1873), arguably the greatest British animal painter of the 19th century.

Royal Scottish Academy Building, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
Admission: £6 ($11)
Tel: +44 (0)131 624 6200