post-war American photography. in a scaled down version of the exhibition (part ofthe American Festival) seen at the Barbican Gallery in May '85. During the 35 year span. the shutters of hundreds of American cameras have closed on the civil rights campaigns. the inner city poverty. the assassinations of heroes. the inauguration of highways. the bombing of Vietnam and the discrimination of women. Photography was a new art in an equally new country. This selection shows the work of the keenest eyes. As stunning documents ofrecent history of a nation fighting for its own identity. it is easy to forget that these photographs are also magnificent works of art.
Lecture by Thomas Joshua Cooper (photographer and lecturer at Glasgow School of Art) at 2.30pm Sat 25 Jan. Free.
0 HANOVER FINE ARTS 104 Hanover Street. 225 2450.
Mixed Exhibition From mid Jan.
0 HM GENERAL REGISTER HOUSE Princes Street. 556 6585. Mon—Fri 10am—4pm.
Watch This Space Until 25 April. An exhibition ofhistoric advertising. interesting not so much for the designs. but for the wealth of sociological detail it contains. Marsl Mallow Paste. The Lightning and
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In contrast to the colourful, ligurative expressionism currently flourishing in Scotland, Richard Tuttle‘s exhibition at the Fruitmarket, Edinburgh acts as a cooling breeze. The work, stark and minimal, deties categorisation. Reactions to it may vary and will no doubt include the ‘Ioad of old rubbish' criticism, but it would be a mistake to approach it with any preconceptions.
The task of describing the work is not an easy one. Pale, paper, irregular octagonals are simply stuck to the gallery wall and are barely perceptible. Wrinkled pieces of dyed material (apparently stored crumpled in a canvas bag between hangings) are tacked up with small nails. But despite theirsimplicity, these pieces, both made in the sixties, are like no other objects that you can think ol- they resemble only themselves. Much as a standing stone takes on an identity lacking when lying in its natural position, it is the context and intention of the work that makes it intriguing.
His latest work includes small delicate watercolours painted on iotter paper with trames oi crude, untreated wood tacked together with ubiquitous nails. Like a simple haiku, each bright tentative wash highlights an exquisite moment or an essential torm.
In January, the second part of the ‘Two Pinwheels‘ (two Catherine wheels covered in Tuttle's notes to the installations) exhibition will complete this retrospective view of Tuttle's work overthe last 20 years. Its intensity may not be immediately apparent, but in case you still teel puzzled or unsure, have a look at the stair wall as you leave the gallery. You may be surprised at what you see. (Alice Bain).
The Invincible are some ofthe products. now superseded by our own gadgets and cures. which are illustrated. O MALCOLM INNES GALLERY 67 George Street. 226 415 l. Mon—Fri 9.30am—6pm. Sat 10am—1pm. Mixed Exhibition Throughout January. 0 MERCURY GALLERY 23 North Bank Street. 225 3200. Mon—Fri 1(lam—5.3()pm. Sat 10am—1.()0pm. Small Picture Show Until mid-Jan. Another of the Christmas exhibitions creeping over into the New Year. 0 NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. The National Gallery. Portrait Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art will not be continuing the lunchtime closures ofprevious winters and will be fully operational throughout the day. Two New Wilkies Until 26 Jan. Two important portraits by Sir David Wilkie recently acquired by the gallery. The group portrait of
William Chalmers Bethune with his wife and stepdaughter only came to light when shown at the Talbot Rice (‘entre in 1981 . The portrait of ‘Sir David Baird discovering the body of Tippoo Sahi‘ is of large and dramatic proportions. The display also
1 contains other works and articles
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which relate to both acquisitions.
0 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George [V Bridge. 226 4531. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm. Sat 9.30am—1pm.
Thomas De Ouincey: an English opium-eater,1785—1859 Until 31 Jan. The extraordinary story ofthis writer f and addict of laudanum is told in a splendidly researched exhibition which commemorates the 200th anniversary of his birth. Manuscripts. opium pipes and photographs are amongst the items on display.
Kalev3131835—1985 Sat 11 Jan—Sat 8 Feb. The Finnish Epic. A lecture by Keith Bosley will be held in the Board Room ofthe National Library on Fri l7Jan at 7.30pm. Free. Keith Bosley. broadcaster and poet. is currently working on a translation of the Finnish national epic. the Kalevala.
O NETHERDOW 43 High Street 556 957‘).
Edinburgh loses this venue for exhibitions and theatre for a few months whilst renovation is in progress. The Netherbow should be opening again in March with a new and varied programme.
0 OPEN EYE GALLERY 57 Cumberland Street. 557 1020. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat 10am-4pm. [D] Perpetua Pope (paintings) and Peter Fishley Rolland (ceramics) Until 23 Jan.
0 PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street. 5568921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2-5pm.
o PRINTMAKERS’ WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 247‘). Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.
Reliel Printing Sat llJan—Sat 8 Feb. First the block is cut. then it is inked. printed and finally inspected. The result is a lino-print — one ofseveral ways to make a reliefprint. The history ofthe relief print and the tendency for humans to emboss is a long one which stretches back (claims the catalogue) some 20.000 years. Fingers have been used as 3 tools since the marks made on the ' caves of Aurignacian man. Today
The Photographic Art. See St
w. Eugene Smith’s photograp'h ot Welsh miners lrom Mike Weaver’s book
: ofthe relief print in history. (‘ontact
1 classes starting in February. The darkroom will be open for use in
‘ Architects as Artists Until 10.1an. The
finger prints are most often used by the (‘11). This exhibition illustrates the breadth of reliefprinting in contemporary print-making and describes the process in a specially commissioned set of prints by Willie Rodger. The accompanying pamphlet gives an absorbing account
the Workshop for details ofevening
January. 0 RIAS GALLERY l5 Rutland Square.
22‘) 7205. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm.
work of5 architects who have taken time off from the drawing board to paint. A newly opened bookshop carries specialist and popular architectural books.
0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Queen Street. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—-5pm.
‘lam come home’ 'l‘reasures of Prince (‘harles Edward Stuart. L'ntil 30 April.
0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND (‘hambers Street. 225 7534. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.
' Costumes and Textiles 01 Kuwait 11ndeﬁnne. i French Connections: Scotland and the
Arts of France Until 2 mi. The Aultl Alliance is celebrated in this
. exhibition of French art and artctacts ; from Scottish collections.
About Face Small display of make-up and hair ornaments from tribal beginnings to present day punk. Made The recreation of an Ancient
- Egyptian Burial complete with
; hieroglyphs and tomb paintings made by 30 budding archeologists as ‘ part ofthe Young Museum
0 ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The
j Annual Exhibition of the Royal Scottish ; Society of Painters in Watercolours Sat
25 Jan—Thurs 20 Feb.
0 SALTIRE GALLERY 13 Atholl (‘rescent 2286621. Mon—Fri lllam— 1 pm and 2—4pm.
Civil Engineering Awards Mon 13