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I Still Believe in Miracles: 30 years of Inverleith House

Inverleith House, Edinburgh, 23rd July to 23rd October

The title of this exhibition, part of this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, comes from a work Scottish artist Douglas Gordon created for Inverleith House in 2005. It reprised Gordon’s 1994 text piece “I believe in miracles”—but also gestured to the miracle that is Inverleith House: a bold contemporary art institution set in one of the world’s great botanical gardens. When Paul Nesbitt became Exhibitions Director in 1986, his brief was to curate shows of botanical art. Gradually, however, he began to include leading international and upcoming British artists, who were inspired by this 18th-century building and its setting. Andy Golds-worthy, Tina Modotti, Ed Ruscha, Richard Tuttle, Isa Genzken, Philip Guston, Richard Hamilton, Cy Twombly, Agnes Martin, Karla Black and Juergen Teller make up a formidable roll-call. This summer’s exhibition includes work by 30 artists—alongside displays of botanical drawings by John Hope (1725-86) and Hugh Cleghorn (1820-95).

William Eggleston Portraits

National Portrait Gallery, 21st July to 23rd October

Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, those masters of black-and-white documentary photography, in the 1960s the American William Eggleston began to explore the dye transfer colour printing process. A ground-breaking 1976 exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, introduced his careful, eccentric, mysteriously beautiful saturated colour photographs of ordinary people from the American South. This is the largest exhibition to date of portraits from his whole career.

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In Prospect’s July issue: In her final issue as Editor Bronwen Maddox explores the legacy of former Prime Minister Tony Blair having spoken with him at a Prospect event on 24th May. She examines his domestic policy, the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan and what the future holds for the Labour Party. The Chancellor George Osborne lays down his view on why the public should to “Remain” in the EU, and Ian Hargreaves takes a close look at what is happening at the BBC. Also in this issue: Former Conservative leader David Davis suggests he can see a very narrow set of circumstances that might push him towards running for the party leadership again, William Skidelsky writes about why tennis is the best sport and Vanora Bennett looks at Svetlana Alexievich’s extraordinary work recording Russia’s lost voices.
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