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Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts

Next week sees the opening of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, an 18-day celebration of art that curators say focuses on ‘the real, the physical and the very tangible.’

Chris Johanson Continuality, 2009

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Chris Johanson Continuality, 2009

Work from more than 130 artists will be shown across about 50 permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, including projects from Emory Douglas, Wolfgang Tillmans and David Korty, alongside sculptures from Karla Black and Nairy Baghramain; and ‘performed sculptures’ by Graham Fagen & Graham Eatough and Kelly Nipper.

Tillmans’ solo show at the Common Guild marks the artist’s first exhibition in Scotland since 1995, and work ranges from intense emotional portraits to vast monochromes.

Alexandra Bachzetsis

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Alexandra Bachzetsis

Over at the CCA, daring purveyor of double-denim Alexandra Bachzetsis will present her performance work, A Piece Danced Alone. The piece is formed of a series of solo performances that are passed from one performer to the next, punctuated with pre-recorded and live video material in dialogue with the performance itself.

David Korty Gas Pump, 2010

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David Korty Gas Pump, 2010

We really like the bold, graphic work of Los Angeles based artists David Korty. In a joint show with Berlin artist Marieta Chirulescu, the artists have produced pieces including works on paper, painting and sculptural pieces installed within a Victorian tenement apartment in the East end of the city.

Pio Abad Loot (Scarlet), 2011

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Pio Abad Loot (Scarlet), 2011

The mesmerising prints, sculptures and video works of  Pio Abad are bright and brazen - forming a kaleidoscope of ‘fetish, idolatry and excess’. The show explores the links between disco subcultures and the Neo-conservative movements of the 1970s and 1980s.

Richard Wright Untitled (08.06.09), 2009

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Richard Wright Untitled (08.06.09), 2009

Glasgow-based artist and 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright will be showing a selection of works on paper, such as his geometric leaf print, at a show in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Alongside the exhibitions, the Festival also boasts a packed schedule of talks and events One that caught our eye is Henry Coombes’ symposium, entitled I Am An Architect, This Is Not Happening, This Is Unacceptable. The event aims to explore making work in public context, questioning the relations between artists, communities, commissioners or patrons in this context.

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts runs from 20 April - 7 May at various Glasgow locations. For more information visit http://www.glasgowinternational.org/

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