Stills Gallery, Edinburgh

The exhibition oi contemporary German photography at Stills is a grim one. Fourteen artists are squeezed into the space. Many ol the photographers are large, their subjects largerthan llle, giving an overall impression of bloatedness. The eighties in Germany are by most at these accounts not good years and though not all the artists locus on graffiti, barbed wire and the nuclearthreat, the images, exhibited in this way have an ominous, depressive message.

Unlortunately, this overall eliect glosses over the individual vision at each artist in the show. For work as uncommon as it is, there is little opportunityto get to grips with each artist. For some, like Astrid Klein you wish there had been more. Others, like

Scotland and the Netherlands Until end Feb.

0 ITALIAN INSTITUTE 2a Melville Crescent. 226 3173. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm.

The Foscolo's Work Through a Visual Sign Wed ll Feb—Fri 27 Feb. 17 drawings by Italian painter Corrado Cagli on texts by writer Ugo Foscolo (1778—1827) and copies of letters by Foscolo. Lent by the National Library of Scotland. Talk: Professor Brand will give a lecture on the exhibition at 7.30pm on Wed 11 Feb. Contact the Institute for details of recitals. talks. videos and language courses.

I LEITH LIBRARY 28 Ferry Road. Mon—Fri 10am—8pm; Sat 9am—1pm. Simply Women Until Sat 14 Feb. Photographs by Franki Raffles from the XIII Commonwealth Games. Moves to Portobello Library. 14 Rosefield Avenue on Mon 16 Feb (same hours).

0 MERCURY GALLERY 2/3 North Bank Street. 225 3200. Mon—Fri 10am-5.30pm. Sat l0am—1.00pm. In the Mogul Style Until Sat 7 March. The Mercury is displaying antiques from the countries of the Moguls, from Persia to India. See panel.

0 NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound. 556 8921 . Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

Recent Acquisitions Three works by Francois Boucher. the French Rococo painter have recently been

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Jean-Francois Guiton could have been left out altogether. There are however images which do make impact. The experimental work olJoachim Brohm, photographs oi cut-out and pin-up soldiers and painted skies with model bombers, harks back

to war with notes for the luture. Monika Hasse's child behind the protective clear plastic oi a pram, shiveringly mirrors a nuclear white-out, while Astrid Klein goes several steps iurther by dissolving ligures into patches oi grey light, like cool radiation.

But despite unusual techniques adopted by some of these artists, pushing the boundaries oi photography as most people recognise it, this is a pessimistic exhibition, leaving little hope lor humanity or artists in the nineties. (Alice Bain)

bought by the Gallery. All are pastoral scenes dating from 1761—62, and now hang as a trio, something not necessarily intended when they were painted, as two have been cut down to match the tall narrow dimensions ofthe third. L'Aimable Pastoral.

Alexander Carse Until Sun 29 March. Football matches, ale-house punch-ups and wedding dances are amongst the repertoire ofthis little known artist who delighted in depicting the genre scenes of the late 18th and 19th century Lothians. The exhibition is intended to be the first in series devoted to lesser Scottish artists who deserve to be better known. See Panel.

Robert Nanteuil: Engraver to Louis XIV Sat 7 Feb—Mon 27 April. A selection of about 30 prints from the collection ofJohn Pinkerton QC.

0 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George IV Bridge. 226 4531. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm; Sat 9.30am—1pm.

The Art at illustration: Banks Florllegium Until Wed 6 May. Joseph Banks headed a small group of naturalists on board Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour between 1768 and 1771. At every stop on their world trips. plants and flowers were collected and drawn by the young Scottish artist Parkinson. Though the watercolours and sketches were finished by a group of artists back in

England (Parkinson died on the trip home) the 743 copper plates prepared for publication never hit the press. Using original techniques, the British Museum and Alecto Historical Editions are continuing the grand project and a complete edition of the work is underway. The exhibition shows the progress so far. 0 NETHERBOW 43 High Street, 556 9579.

Tom Moran Until Sat 28 Feb. Recent work.

Portrait ol Gorgie and Dairy Until Sat 28 Feb. From the Gorgie/Dalry Archive.

0 OPEN EYE GALLERY 57 Cumberland Street. 557 1020. Mon—Fri 1()am—6pm. Sat 10am-4pm. [D] Rosemary Beaton - Paintings and Lorraine Fernie- Ceramics Until Thurs 19 Feb.

Crawford Centre for the Arts

UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS 13 February 15 March LOOKING AT SCOTTISH FURNITURE 1570—1900 RL'TII SAXON artist-in-residence

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O PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street, 5568921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2-5pm.

The great Scots of the past and present are collected here in a gallery of faces and figures.

Genial Company Fri 20—Sun 12 April. An 18th century view of those who not only possessed an inventive mind but also shone at the dinner table and in the drawing room. Nottingham University have organised this exhibition (with sponsorship from Christie’s) which collects the portraits ofsuch well-known 18th century figures as the actor David Garrick and poet Alexander Pope as painted by Hogarth and Kneller respectively. Few of the pictures have been exhibited before in Scotland.

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