Arts Review of 2017: Susan Mansfield and Duncan MacMillan on the year in visual art

The Scotsman / Susan Mansfield and Duncan MacMillan

Alastair MacLennan: Air A Lair, Summerhall, Edinburgh, August and September

Scots-born Alastair MacLennan settled in Belfast in 1975 at the height of the Troubles, so perhaps it’s no surprise that his work is informed by themes of war, loss and the possibility of healing. He works principally in performance, making substantial exhibitions of his work quite rare. Nevertheless, this show – a kind of modest retrospective – brought together sculptural works and documentation from across his 40-year career. Thoughtful, penetrating and reflective, it was an important introduction for many to the man who might be the most important Scottish artist we’ve never heard of.