The Fruitmarket Gallery presents a solo exhibition of the work of Jim Lambie, one of Scotland’s most internationally significant artists. Known for visually compelling, generous and beguiling work which attracts both popular and critical acclaim, Lambie came to prominence with Zobop (1999), a floor-based sculptural intervention that consists of continuous lines of multi-coloured vinyl tape laid in concentric circuits of a room from its outside edges to its centre. First shown in Transmission in Glasgow in 1999, it is now in several major international collections.

Lambie’s work makes its magic from relatively humble materials – tinfoil and coat hangers, jackets, mirrors, records, turntables, potato sacks, plastic bags and household paint. Bringing together early sculptures like The Kid with the Replaceable Head (1996), Ultra-Low (1998/2007), Stakka (1999), Roadie (1999)and Zobop (1999), with more recent work including a spectacular new version of Shaved Ice (2012/14) that fills the ground floor of the Gallery with a forest of floor to ceiling, brightly coloured mirrored ladders, this exhibition offers the opportunity to trace the development of Lambie’s exuberantly intelligent and visually arresting sculptural language.                  

Bringing together two decades of sculpture and installation, the exhibition is part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 and GENERATION, a Scotland-wide celebration of the past 25 years of work by some of Scotland’s most prominent artists, timed to coincide with the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow.

New Publication – Jim Lambie, Not just for me: A sampler of The Poetry Club, £15.

The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication that celebrates one of Jim Lambie’s most generous sculptures: a poetry club he established in Glasgow in 2012. Including poetry from Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Liz Lochhead, John Giorno, Saul Williams and Gerard Malanga, the book presents a sample of The Poetry Club, a rich assemblage of some of the people who, in Lambie’s words, ‘give us our dreams’. To order your copy, contact bookshop@fruitmarket.co.uk, call 0131 226 8181 or purchase online here.



Download the Exhibition Guide (pdf); Little Artists Activity Sheet (pdf) and the Learning Resource (pdf).

Free Saturday tours, every Saturday at 2pm


Talks and Events

All talks are recorded and are available online after the event. Booking is recommended, 
to guarantee your place call 0131 226 8181 or email bookshop@fruitmarket.co.uk

Talk: Michael Bracewell on Jim Lambie
Wednesday 1 October, 6.30pm – 7.45pm. Free.

Please note, regretfully this event has been cancelled due to illness.
Internationally acclaimed writer, novelist and cultural commentator Michael Bracewell (author of England is Mine, Re-make/Re-model and The Space Between) explores Jim Lambie’s work in relation to its broader cultural context.

Panel Discussion: Words, Objects, Actions, Art
Thursday 9 October, 6.30pm – 8pm. £5/4 conc.
Refreshments from 6pm.                                                                                           Writer Maria Fusco (University of Edinburgh), artists Michael Landy and art historian Luke Skrebowski (University of Cambridge) discuss Jim Lambie’s practice, The Poetry Club, and larger ideas about the event as a work of art. Chaired by Fiona Bradley.  



Amplified Tour
Thursday 4 September, 2 – 3pm. Free. 10 places.
An exhibition tour designed with portable FM hearing loops, for visitors who are hard of hearing.

Descriptive Tour
Thursday 4 September, 6.30 – 8pm. Free. 10 places.
An exhibition tour designed for visually impaired visitors. Including detailed descriptions of Jim Lambie’s work and practice, this tour is open to everyone.             

Free Tours
Group Tours. Including an introduction to the exhibition, bookings must be made in advance. Please call 0131 225 2383 or email info@fruitmarket.co.uk
Saturday Tours. Open to everyone, why not drop-in for a free tour at 2pm each Saturday. No booking necessary.



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