Edinburgh Art Festival

Peter Doig, Franz West, Peter Liversidge, Gregor Schneider, Lawrence Weiner, Sara Barker

By Oliver Basciano

Peter Doig, Ping Pong, 2006–08, oil on canvas, 240 x 360 cm. Courtesy private collection. Peter Doig, Cricket Painting (Paragrand), 2006–12. Peter Liversidge, Flags for Edinburgh (detail), 2013. Photo: Stuart Armitt. Courtesy Edinburgh Art Festival. Peter Liversidge (after Max Klinger), Entfuhrung, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Ingleby Gallery

For whatever reason Edinburgh has never been a natural home for visual art. The city, as the gurning flyposted faces of a thousand comics and cabaret acts can attest, has typically had other cultural concerns. The Edinburgh Art Festival, now in its tenth year, which opened last week concurrently with the Edinburgh Festival and the Fringe, has always been slightly held in the shadows. Not just by its municipal cultural bedfellows, but also the strength of neighbouring Glasgow’s art scene –…

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