Every People Under Heaven
In Jerusalem, the cultural crossroads of the known world, the first centuries of the second millennium were a period of great artistic fertility. Almost 200 works of art are discussed in this volume, including maps and manuscripts, metalwork, textiles and Crusader sculpture. Essays set the objects within their social and religious contexts, covering subjects that range from patronage, trade and tourism to different faiths’ beliefs about the Holy City as the gateway to heaven.
Dawn of Egyptian Art
The objects made during the Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods (ca. 4400–2649 BCE) provide the best means of examining how the ancient civilization in the Nile Valley gave rise to Pharaonic Egypt. Discussing 183 items, from a bowl inscribed for King Djet (ca. 3050 BCE) to the stela of King Raneb (ca 2880 BCE), this volume reflects on the early Egyptians’ representations of people, animals and the landscape, and their reasons for making these objects.
The Two Roberts
Robert Colquhoun & Robert MacBryde
In the immediate post-war period, lifelong partners Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde were, with Freud and Bacon, among the most admired artists of their generation but during the 1950s their work fell out of fashion and alcoholism and poverty hastened their decline. Published to accompany the exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, this retrospective charts their careers and turbulent private lives, and includes reproductions of their most significant paintings, prints and drawings.
In the 1960s, when the fashion in art was towards the abstract and conceptual, John Bellany (1942–2013) focused on the figurative, paying homage to Old Masters in his depictions of the fishing communities of the east of Scotland, among which he had grown up. This retrospective reviews his entire oeuvre, from these early large canvases, through the phantasmagoric, expressionist paintings of the following decades, to the more optimistic landscapes and allegorical compositions of the 21st century.
From Death to Death and Other Small Tales
Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and D.Daskalopoulos Collection
Taking the theme of the human body, the sometimes-provocative art in this exhibition catalogue includes installations, paintings and sculpture by 20th-century giants such as Duchamp and Magritte, as well as prominent contemporary artists including Rachel Whiteread and Sarah Lucas.
Facing the World
Self-portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei
Actually starting long before Rembrandt, with Palma Vecchio (c.1480–1528), this catalogue of 150 self-portraits accompanied a collaborative exhibition by the National Galleries of Scotland and galleries in Karlsruhe and Lyon. After three essays discussing the motivation and progress of the self-portrait from a medieval goldsmith inserting himself in an altar to the ubiquitous selfie, the book brings together an extraordinary range of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture, with commentary on each artist and how they pictured themselves.
Published to coincide with Elizabeth Blackadder’s 80th birthday retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery in 2011, this catalogue showcases her work, from a self-portrait in 1951 to watercolours of Crabs and Shells in 2011, revealing the intuitive nature of her art and its diverse range. A chronology of her life is accompanied by essays from Philip Long and John Leighton, who argue that Blackadder is one of Scotland’s greatest living artists.
Ancient Egypt Transformed
The Middle Kingdom
Egypt’s Middle Kingdom (c.2030–1650 BCE) brought new developments in religious beliefs, political systems and artistic conventions. This volume comprises essays by an international team of scholars, covering such topics as the court and royal women, Egypt’s expanding relations with foreign lands and the themes of Middle Kingdom literature. Nearly 300 examples of the period’s art are featured; they demonstrate how artists were adapting older forms and iconography in work of great subtlety and originality.
Impressionism in Scotland
At the end of the 19th century, the prosperous manufacturers of Glasgow and Edinburgh were among the earliest collectors of Impressionist paintings. This catalogue of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Scotland, featuring more than 150 colour plates, brings together paintings that were once, or are still, in Scottish collections. Major works by Manet, Degas, Renoir, Pissaro, Sisley and Cezanne are juxtaposed with those of Scottish artists such as Guthrie, Lavery and Orchardson who were influenced by them.
Van Gogh's Twin
The Scottish Art Dealer Alexander Reid, 1854–1928
Alexander Reid was 'a prince among dealers' whose energy, enthusiasm and judgement shaped the artistic tastes of his day. A friend and champion of Whistler and Van Gogh - to whom the red-bearded Glaswegian bore such a resemblance that the Dutch artist's painting of him was long mistaken for a self-portrait - he went on to promote the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists. With 94 colour illustrations, this first-ever biography charts the life and work of this important and influential figure.