Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response

11 Aug 2021

We are so pleased to share some of the coverage that Joan Eardley | Centenary has received in the press with you.

The Herald

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
The Herald Weekend Magazine, 7 August 2001

Studio International

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
Studio International - 10 August 2021

The Times

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
Melanie Reid for The Times, 2 August

Artmag

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Vivien Devlin for Artmag, 4 August 2021

A wee girl with a mop of red hair and squint in her eye seems to take her portrait-sitting seriously in One of the Samsons as does her sister in a sketch of her in a colourfully striped cardigan.

The Scotsman

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
Duncan Macmillan for The Scotsman, 6 August 2021

[Joan Eardley] shows how she was aware of the exciting work of her contemporaries, the French and American abstract painters, the collages Rauschenberg and the graffiti of Dubuffet, but she did not surrender to the siren song of abstraction to become just another feeble imitator. She stuck to her engagement with the world around her. In this she really was original.

The Guardian

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
Jonathan Jones for The Guardian, 6 August 2021

The Times

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
Edinburgh Art Festival — sounds and vision, all across the city, 31 July 2021

BBC Radio 4: Front Row

Billie Eilish reviewed, Sir James MacMillan on the First Night of the Proms, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Edinburgh Art Festival

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
BBC Radio 4: Front Row, 30 July 2021

The Herald

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
The Herald, 30 July 2021, Photograph: Gordon Terris
Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
Sarah Urwin Jones for The Hearld, 26 July 2021

Robertson's finished work certainly is very much a realisation of its inspiration, utterly recognisable in its explosion of wildflowers and grasses, and yet, as Robertson points out, the colours “not brighter, but more alive.” “It's a quality of wool. Paint reflects light, but wool absorbs it and resonates out, so it feels richer.”

The Spectator

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Claudie Massie for The Spectator, 17 July 2021

Playing with collage and echoing the mark-making of chalked graffiti, Eardley recalls both cubism and the observant eye of the street photographer Brassaï, and she marries this with the characterful physical convolutions of Schiele. The result is a suite of drawings and paintings that are alive with childlike energy, and while there’s no denying that Eardley’s brand of social realism shies from the grimmer realities of slum life, it’s easy to see why the popularity of these playful works endures.

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response

The Sunday Post

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
Ross Crae for The Sunday Post, 14 July 2021

BBC Radio Three: Free Thinking - Arts and Ideas

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
Shahidha Bari on behalf of BBC Radio Three - 8th June (44mins)

bbc Radio Scotland

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
Joan Eardley's Centenary with Jan Patience and Kim Canale, 18 May 2021

Apollo

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
Samuel Reilly for Apollo, 4 May 2021

Across Glasgow and further afield in Scotland, events will be unfolding throughout this year and next in Eardley’s honour... in Edinburgh, the Scottish Gallery, which had a close relationship with the artist in the 1950s, is planning a centenary show to coincide with the Edinburgh International Festival; its director, Guy Peploe, echoes the sentiments of Lachlan Goudie in lamenting that it has taken ‘such a long time for her reputation to move out from Scotland’, and hoping that events here will lead to a wider reappraisal.

The Edinburgh Reporter

Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response
Phyllis Stephen for The Edinburgh Reporter, 2 March 2021
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