Clothing and draping the tour lloors ol the City Arts Centre, Sottwear (See Commonwealth Arts Festival section)
is perlect material tor a
Commonwealth Arts Festival. Its tangible beauty should provide a
stunning show lor all, where traditions and cultures are stitched and dyed into the textiles ol the member nations.
Around Edinburgh, about a dozen other galleries will be declaring allegiance to the Commonwealth from 17 July to 2 August (check dates lor each gallery). Most will be sporting shows initiated in this country, but at least a couple at them (as well as Soltwear, ol course) have booked in visitors lrom abroad. The Gallery of Modern Art will host General ldea’s ‘P is lot Poodle‘, an installation which, according to the gallery, is impossible to capture in a single image. Gold pails and poodles are to be used to poke ion at art, butwill itmerely be a mirror-image 01 its own message? We shall see. The English Speaking Union Gallery, perhaps not a lamiliarvenue to some, have captured an exhibition at Jamaican intuitive art. Known here less appropriately as naive or primitive, this artlorm of religious, working and domestic lite. Anyone who saw the artist Kapo, wheelchair-bound but powerlully charismatic in his turbans of many colours, on television recently, must certainly be drawn to this exhibition at sculpture and painting by this artist/priestand his lellow countrymen and women.
Paul Gardner Until Tue 22 July. ’l‘ransition — an attempt through images. shapes and colour to explain mystery and imagination.
O DEMARCO GALLERY 1(1Jeffrey Street. 5570707. Mon—Sat “lam—6.30pm.
JeltNolan Lintil Sat 12July. A first solo show for an Edinburgh artist who has been involved in magazine production. recording studios and sciences. He has now chosen to concentrate on painting.
Work by Balrai Khanna Thurs 17 July—Sat 2 AugA Commonwealth Arts Festival Associated Event. Abstract work by an Indian artist now living in London. Once foreign correspondent for the India/Pakistan war. Khanna has had a successful artistic career in this country and has exhibited at the Serpentine and other London galleries. Though inﬂuenced by the West. his work is rooted in his native land and the natural world. with the meditative quality ofthe east.
0 EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART Lauriston Place. 229 931 l . Open daily 1(1am-6pm.
The Bank Xerox Marlow Collection Thurs 17 July—Sat 2 Aug.
Like many businesses today. Rank Xerox are investing some oftheir profits in art. This exhibition of paintings. prints and sculptures by contemporary artists working in
Britain.formstheir new art
collection. The work is based on the themes ‘Work and Leisure in Society" and ‘Tradition and
22 The List 1 1— 24 July
RTS AND GAMES
Andrew Williams atthe 369. The 369 Gallery exhibition ol paintings by Andrew Williams has its associations with the Games rather than the culture of the Commonwealth. Since the beginning of the year, Williams has been resident in the gallery studio, creating a series at sportsmen with mountainous bodies from memories, but mostly photographs of a 1985 trip to America and in particular LA. Canvasses are large, colours strong and the ligures
lnnovation‘. A Commonwealth Arts Festival Associated Event.
0 EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY LIBRARY George Square. 667 1011. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm.
Pick up a Penguin Now extended to 30
Sept. An exhibition illustrating the development of Penguins since their debut in 1935.
O ENGLISH SPEAKING UNION 22 Atholl Crescent. 229 1528. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm (Tue 1(1am—12.3()pm). Jamaican lntuitives Tue lS—Wetl 36 July. A large show ofat least 6() paintings. 4t) sculptures and musical instruments. Artists include Kapo (recently subject of a documentary television film on the Caribbean) Everald Brown and Sidney MacLaren. With no tradition in visual arts. Jamaica is now rich in talents such as these. The primitive qualities of the work looks back to African roots with energy and vision. Coming direct from Jamaica. this work really should be seen. .
0 FINE ART SOCIETY 12 Great King Street. 556 (1305. Mon—Fri 9.3(1am—5.3()pm. Sat lllam—lpm. Scottish Paintings 1800—1920 General selection ofwork until the Edinburgh Festival.
0 FORREST MCKAY 38 I Iowe Street. 226 2589. Mon—Fri 1(1am—6pm. Sat lllam-lpm.
, Scottish Paintings lrom 1800 onwards i Rugs and porcelain. General display
throughout May. 0 FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph
‘j Cresent. 225 5366. Mon—Fri
-éRT & EXHIBITIQNS LIST
play basketball, roller-skate and body-build.
Balraj Khanna and Ronnie Browne are the other two artists with solo Commonwealth Shows, appearing at Richard Demarco and Scottish Gallery respectively. Ronnie Browne, who has doubled up his career in painting with singing for the Corries, a well-known Scottish lolk group, will be recording on paper Festival and games events as they happen. (Alice Bain).
'lllam—lpm. 2—5.3(1pm. Sat 1(1am—lpm.
Venue will be closed until August when they re-open with an exhibition of Roland Topor's work. 0 FRUITMARKET GALLERY 29 Market Street. 225 2383. Tue—Sat l()am—5.3()pm. Closed Sun & Mon. Licensed cafe.
The Mirror and the Lamp Sat 19 July—31 Aug. An unusualexhibition on both floors of the building. with work based on the themes of the _ title. Reﬂections and illuminations ofthe self. Skulls. marionettes. paintings of blind children. 6ft tall Polaroids and tnirror images explore the worlds ofvanity. narcissism and image. Gilbert and George (just recently at the Fruitmarket) will be represented along with Helen Chadwick. Julio Paolini and other contemporary artists. A piece by Marcel Duchamp preludes the ideas ofthe exhibition and gives a historical introduction.
0 GALLERY OF MODERN ART Belford Road. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 1(1am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Rest. [1)] The Nature of Painting Until Sun 211
July. Paintingby Aleksander Zyw.
This large exhibition shows Zyw‘s tireless examinations of the natural. spiritual and aesthetic. helped by the General display of prints and paintings throughout July.
0 MERCURY GALLERY 23 North Bank Street. 225 3200. Mon—Fri “lam—5.30pm. Sat 1(1am—l.(1(1pm. Scottish Original Prints 1956—1986 Until Sat 26July.
; have to see for yourself. 0 GATEWAY EXCHANGE 2-4
Abbeymount. 661 (1982. Mon-Sat
. Nicaragua Sobrevivra! Until Mon 21
Bernini Bust A new and celebrated
study of only a handful ofobjects—
some pebbles. pieces ofolive wood. a photograph ofwater and
General Idea ‘P is for Poodle’ 'Ihurs 17 July—Sat 2 Aug. A Commonwealth i Arts Festival Associated Event.
from Toronto. have worked together
poking fun at the myths ofart. ‘ Clipped and tnatticured poodles will
O MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 42 High Street. Mon—Sat lllam—6pm. See Feature.
0 NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 1(1am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.
microscopic slides. Images are repeated again and again. a change of tone here. a variation in colour there. Zyw finds the flowing draperies of a mysterious figure in his olive wood and clustered bodies in his stone. Once a resident ofthe Dean Village in Edinburgh. Zyw now lives in Italy.
Work from a group ofCanadian artists with a sense of humour. General Idea. three Canadian artists
since 1968. Their Poodle installation in the former school gymnasium at the gallery will create an environment of artificial nature.
be there amonst the gold pails and milking stools. This event apparently defies illustration. so you will just
1 (1am—5pm .
July. Photographic impressions from a j
‘ coffee-picking brigade. 1
O GLADSTONE'S LAND GALLERY 483
Lawnmarket. 2265856. Mon—Sat l
t lilartt—4.3(1pm. Stilt 2—«1.3(1pm. Aspects of Landscape Until Thurs 31
July. Richard Alred. Peter Barton. | Eric I luntly have contributed j paintings. Kirstie Colam shows her embroideries and Janet Adam her pottery. ! O HANOVER FINE ARTS 104 Hanover Street. 225 2450.
Summer Mixed Exhibition t’ntil Tue 5
Aug.Thirty Scottish contemporary artists have contributed to this show.
Edinburgh and Other Points on the
Road to Meikle Seggie Until Tue 1 3 July. Watercolours by Richard Demarco.
0 HM GENERAL REGISTER HOUSE Princes Street. 556 6585. Mon—Fri 1(1am—4pm.
The Crolters Until end July. An
exhibition to mark the centenary of the Crofters‘ Act.
The Memory Bank— The Survival Care
and Use 01 Archives marking 700 years
of record-keeping in Scotland Until
. MALCOLM muss GALLERY ()7
, George Street. 2264151. Mon—Fri 9.3l1am—6pm. Sat 1(1am—1pm.
George iv Bridge. 226 4531.
Mon—Fri 9.3(1am—5pm. Sat 9.3(1am—lpm.
3 Scotland and India Until Late Sept. In
acquisition for the gallery. William Blake L'ntil Sun 13 July. Prints and watercolours by the visionary artist and poet selected
from the gallery’s permanent i collection. A favourite of many. (
0 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND
the spirit of the Commonwealth Arts
Festival. the National Library looks