Rannoch Moor on the last Saturday in ' September was moist, windswept and tremendously evocative of the aeons of

5 freedom from human interference

which moved the late Joseph Deuys to call it with admiring affection “the last European wilderness’. That was when Ricky Demarco took him there in

3 August 1970 on his first visit to

- Scotland, during the exhibition

' ‘Strategy Get Arts'. Saturday's event, . the erection by George Wyllie of a

. mobile ‘spire' of wood and stone on a

mound some 300 metres into the moor,

- was first of all a commemoration ofthat

visit and of Beuys’s consequent

attraction to the quality of Scotland's : vast, atmosphericaily compelling peat = bog on the road to the isles.

But it was more than that: it was a tribute to Beuys himselfto his work and to his influence on those of us who came to see him as a symbol of the

5 1970's and of our growing belief in the = transcendence of art as a force for good

in this troubled century— something

. that in the current lemming-like return to market values in art is in need of reiteration.

The fact that around 30 of us travelled

, to Rannoch Moor both from Edinburgh

and from Glasgow- on an inclement

: but visually entrancing day-to share in

the ceremony to help erect the ‘spire’

' and to retire to the adjacent Kings House Hotel for sustenance and

discussion led by Ricky Demarco,

. speaks volumes for the continuing

influence of Beuys and the validity of


University ofGlasgow, Hillhead Street, 330 5431. Mon-Fri

, 9.30am—5pm,Sat9.30—lpm.

f The Mackintosh House Gallery:

I Open as above but closed for lunch ; 1230—] .30pm. 50p admission on

weekday afternoons and Saturdays. A reconstruction of the architect‘s

home fitted with original furniture.

Recording Mackintosh Until end Nov. Photographs by T.& R. Annan & Sons Ltd recording the architecture and interiors ofCharles Rennie Mackintosh from 1896 to 1906. The centrepiece is a full plate camera (c. 1900) of the type used by Annan. The Annans are still in business and welcome any orders for the photographs on display. For address and phone number see Annan

Gallery earlier in the Art Listings.

3 Print Gallery:

§ The Modern Print-A Survey of Three

' Decades of Artists' Printmaking Until 2 Sat 29 Nov. Free admission. The exhibition is drawn from the gallery‘s i own collection and includes artists such as Jim Dine, Debuffet. Hockney and the less well-known. There will also be a display of printing techniques.

0 HUNTERIAN MUSEUM The University of Glasgow. 339 8855. Mon—Fri 9.30am-5pm. Sat 9.30am-1pm. Twice named Museum ofthe Year. the Hunterian Collection includes objects ranging from Captain Cook‘s Pacific treasures to the Bearsden Shark.

26 The List 31 Oct :13 Nov '

likely to become an annual event.

I (Cordelia Oliver)


Modern Medals Until mid-Nov.

0 IMAGES GALLERY 74 Hyndland Road, 334 5311.

Mixed exhibition of etchings and prints regularly shown.

0 J.D. KELLY GALLERY 118 Douglas

Street, 248 6386. Mon—Fri 10.30am-5.30pm. Sat 10am—12.30pm.

The Bridgeton Group Until Sat 8 Nov.

Alexander Reid Sat 15—Sat 29 Nov.


Milngavie. 956 2351 . Tue—Fri 11am-5pm and 7—9pm, Sat and Sun 2—5pm.

Blitz Until Sat 29 Nov. Tom McKendrick. Paintings and artefacts relating to the Clydcbank Blitz, 13/14 March 1941.

0 McLELLAN GALLERIES 270 Sauchiehall Street. Mon—Sat 10.30am—6pm.

Chinese Hanging-Panel and Photographic Exhibition Mon 10—Fri 14 Nov. 11am—6pm daily and Thurs until 8pm. Over 60 panels have been loaned from the Chinese Embassy for this exhibition,

There will also be over 100 photographs of modern China on display. Organised by the Scotland China Association, this Glasgow showing will be the first of three in the UK.

Royal Glasgow Institution of the Fine Arts Exhibition Until Sat 1 Nov. This exhibition has been held annually in Glasgow for 125 years.

0 MAIN FINE ART The Studio Gallery, 16 Gibson Street, 334 8858. Tue-Sat lOam-Spm, Sun 2-5pm.

hi bliets. Such a celebratio sees I I

Sandy Murphy Until Sat 1 Nov. Landscapes are Murphy’s main preoccupation. his source being the countryside and gardens around West Kilbride in Ayrshire where he now lives and works.

0 METRO GALLERY 713 Great Western Road, 339 0737. Tue—Sat 10.30am—5pm.

Marine Paintings Until Sat 15 Nov. Mixed show. See panel.

0 THE MITCHELL LIBRARY Kent Road, 221 7030. Mon-Fri 9.30am—9pm, Sat 9.30am—5pm. Level 2':

Glasgow Humanist Society Until end Nov.

Level 3:

New Lanark Preservation Society Until

Mon 3 Nov. An introduction to Robert Owen and David Dale and the village they made famous in the 18th/19th centuries for its progressive and tolerant management. This exhibition will transfer to Glasgow University College Club after 3 Nov and will

remain on display there until 21 Nov.

0 PEOPLE’S PALACE MUSEUM Glasgow Green, 554 0223. Mon—Sat loam—5pm, Sun 2—5pm. Glasgow’s museum ofworking life.

Building a Better Barrowfield Until Sun 30 Nov. The Barrowfield Project is a joint local government/resident initiative aimed at improving a most difficult area in which to live. John Upton, Community Artist, has photographed Barrowfield over the past five years and has passed on his skills to others in the area. From the

thousands taken this is just a sample.

O POLLOK HOUSE 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 632 0274. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2-5pm.

Neighbour to the Burrell Collection, this 18th century house contains the Stirling Maxwell Collection of Spanish paintings and period furnishings.

o PROVAND’S LORDSHIP 3 Castle Street. Mon—Sat 9.30—5pm. Sun 2-5pm.

Glasgow in the Forties Until 1 March. Watercolours by William Simpson. 0 THE SCOTTISH DESIGN CENTRE 72 St Vincent Street, 2216121. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm, Sat 9am-5pm.

Schools Design Prize 1986 Thurs 6—Sat 22 Nov. The winning projects in a competition organised by the Design Council and sponsored by British Aerospace to demonstrate the standard of design education in schools today.

0 SPRINGBURN MUSEUM Ayr Street (adjacent to Springburn Railway Station). Mon—Fri 10.30am—5pm. Sun 2-5pm. Glasgow‘s first community museum opened earlier this year.

0 THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street, 332 7521 . Tue—Sat 1()am- 5.30pm. Sun 2—5.30pm. Cafe. [D] New Lights in Glasgow Until Sat 1 Nov. As part ofGlasgow Style Fortnight, Third Eye have put together lighting designs by some of Scotland’s most innovative applied artists. Accessories Until Sat 1 Nov. A foyer exhibition ofthe items which can add dash to an outfit.

Inside Glasgow Until Sat 1 Nov.



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Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow Gentle is the word forthe current exhibition of paintings and pastels at Cyril Gerber Fine Art; gentle because the colours used are mainly solt, pale and tertiary, the aim being to create a lovely diffusion of light in space. The painter, a Borderer, Sholto Johnstone Douglas who died nearly thirty years ago, first came to notice at the end of last century. a colour photograph ofa large salon painting of his seven

sisters in all the elegance of Edwardian

evening dress a la Sargent gives some idea of his early skill in that highly fashionable manner.

But by the 1920s when he was living in the South of France, the Provencal light and the Impressionist palette and

freedom of brushwork had captured his

imagination in a way that permeates most of his work from then on. Influences are present of course, for Douglas was a minor painter, if a good one, as such. Rembrandt is more than hinted at in the sombre moods, but otherwise you find everyone from Whistlerto Manet, even Degas and Cezanne when the subject leans in that direction - landscape, racecourse scenes, pleln air portraits, one of which records the two sisters of John Millais RA taking their ease in summer sunshine. It is refreshing, in the ramnatazz of today, to come across an exhibition which, rather than beating the drum, plays visual chamber music so competently and at best, with such engaging charm. (Cordelia Oliver)