The Miraculous Raphael Rubinstein with Maeve Redmond and Sophie Dyer

4 June – 24 September 2016
Monday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm

An exhibition relocating the works and lives of the following artists, to the spaces of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop:

Bas Jan Ader, Joseph Beuys, Joseph Grigely, David Hammons, Helmut Heissenbüttel, Alison Knowles, John Latham, Lee Lozano, Marta Minujín, Daniel Spoerri, Cindy Sherman and Mierle Laderman Ukeles.

In an unusual text-and-architecture experiment, New York-based poet and critic Raphael Rubinstein will work with designers Maeve Redmond and Sophie Dyer to transpose short narratives from his book The Miraculous into an installation that permeates the spaces of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Episodes, both legendary and obscure, taken from the artistic avant-garde from the last five decades will reside along studio corridors, within communal spaces and on exterior walls, relocating a range of historic and contemporary artworks onsite via the imaginative space of writing.

Read a review of the show in Art in America here
Listen to Raphael’s talk on The Miraculous here
Read the curator’s Notes on the Miraculous published by MAP magazine here

Photos: Graeme Yule

The Miraculous is the second in the series of exhibitions, On an otherwise ordinary evening curated by Peter Amoore. Thinking through artist’s practice, the series brings together two artists and one critic engaged with the telling of stories, in attentive homages to other artists – their lives and their works – and in the imagining of improbable encounters between objects.

In April, artist and filmmaker Holly Antrum introduced the artist Jennifer Pike through the lens of her considered camera and in July objects speak after being given voice by artist and comedian Siân Robinson Davies.


Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic. From 1997 to 2007 he was a senior editor at Art in America, where he continues to be a contributing editor. He is currently professor of critical studies at the University of Houston School of Art and an occasional curator. In 2002, the French government presented him with the award of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2010, his blog The Silo won a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

His numerous publications include A Geniza, Granary Books, 2015; The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces, Make Now, 2007; Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice, Hard Press Editions, 2006; Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002; Hard Press Editions, 2003 and The Basement of the Café Rilké, Hard Press Editions, 1996.

The Miraculous was published by New York non-profit art press Paper Monument in 2014. Excerpts from the book have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail and The Sienese Shredder. In 2004 a French translation by writer Marcel Cohen was published by Èditions Grèges as En quête de miracle.

Recent curatorial projects include The Silo, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, 2016; Reinventing Abstraction: New York Painting in the 1980s, CHEIM & READ, New York, 2013 and Provisional Painting, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, 2011.

Maeve Redmond is a designer based in Glasgow. She works primarily with artists, writers and cultural organisations.

Sophie Dyer
is a designer engaged in commercial practice and design research. She is currently based in London and studies at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths.

Recent collaborative work includes the on-going research project The Persistence of Type with artist Fiona Jardine and curatorial practice Panel. The Persistence of Type has taken form as a broadsheet newspaper, freely distributed during Glasgow International in 2016 and as an exhibition at Tramway, Glasgow in 2015. For the 2015 Glasgow Merchant City Festival they produced the series of posters Nothing is for sale here with poet Anthony Autumn and between 2013 and 2014 designed the publication The Burning Sand Vol I, II and III, edited by Sarah Lowndes.

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