Arts Review – Polygraphs: Truths, Evidence and the Authentic Voice

GOMA, 17th February – 17th September 2017

This collaborative exhibition aims to explore ‘truth, fiction and evidence in a complicated world’, and features works by a diverse array of artists- from local Alasdair Grey to American conceptual artist Barbara Kruger. Kruger’s photographic print, entitled You Have Searched and Destroyed, is the first work to meet my eye. The title screams from the frame in Kruger’s iconic tabloid font, laid over an image of long blonde hair being dragged through a bed of nails. For me, this perverse hairbrush draws uncomfortable parallels between torture and traditional feminine beauty practices.

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Arts Review: Lanark – A life in three acts

Dir: Graham Eatough, Citizens Theatre, 15 August -19 September 2015

There are few plays which open to as much anticipation or come with as star studded a pedigree as Lanark. Written by Alasdair Gray, adapted by David Greig and directed by Graham Eatough, it’s an almost four hour epic, following an awkward young man called Duncan Thaw (also known as Lanark) as he grows from boyhood to adulthood, attends art school, drops out and experiences a tempestuous affair with a similarly tortured girl called Rima, who he may or may not go on to murder.

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Alasdair Gray Exhibitions – From the Personal to the Universal & Spheres of Influence I

‘From the Personal to the Universal’ runs at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum until 22nd February, ‘Spheres of Influence I’ runs at GOMA until 25th May

2015 marks the 80th birthday of Glasgow’s artistic and literary treasure, Alasdair Gray. The city really has gone all out with the festivities with exhibitions at Kelvingrove, GOMA, Glasgow Print Studio and Glasgow School of Art, all showcasing the artist’s life’s work.

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