Collins Gallery, Glasgow

The Japanese prints at the Collins need to be scrutinised. No general impressions. No bold strokes. Each one describes an individual in delicate detail, calmly surveys an oriental landscape or outlines a scene lrom a kabuki play.

Not surprisineg they were collected by a textile manutacturer—they have the quality 01 exquisite material. Using a method similarto the printing at an intricate Paisley pattern on silk, woodblocks were cut trom cherry-wood, inked and then pressed in

assembly-line succession onto paper, building up the printed image trom solid colours. As a result, they are sharp and vivid and, though the older ones have laded and dimmed over the years, they retain the clarity of the technique.

In 1946 T. B. Lewis donated nearly 1000 prints to the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. This exhibition brings together a selection which illustrates both the enduring quality olthe technique and the artists’ vision as their country changed through the years trom a teudal empire in the 18th century to an industrial empire in the 20th.

Early woodcuts filled the middle-class market when ink-painting was lor aristocratic eyes only. They were used to illustrate and decorate, to entertain. A little boy sticks his tongue out in one and a black-coitted geisha by Utamaro looks seductive in another. Hokusai's landscapes hide beavering labourers and Hiroshige‘s skies melt the horizon.

Times change and Victorian dress appears in Sadahide‘s ladies olthe mid-1800s. A hotel in Tokyo 1854 is decorated with an early Stars and Stripes and parasols abound. The

0 GLASGOW PRINT STUOIO 128 Ingram Street. 552 0704. Mon—Sat “lam—5.30pm.

Jim Pattison Mon 9—Sat 28 March. Paintings and prints. Originally from Dundee. Pattison now lives in Glasgow. His recent work has used collage.

O GLASGOW UNIVERSITY LIBRARY lIillhead. Mon—Fri9.15am—9. 15pm: Sat 9. l5am—12. 15pm.

Theatre Royal Indefinite. The Scottish stage before 1900.

O HAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrews Drive, Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pnt

Glasgow‘s museum for children. Toys from the Attic Until Tue 5 May. 0 HILLHEAO LIBRARY 348 Byres Road. 339 7223. Mon. Tue. Thurs. Fri 9.30am—8pm; Sat 9.30am—1pm and 2—5pm. Closed Wed.

Di Blenkinsop Recent Paintings

5 March—27 April. Abstract and colourful.

O HUNTERIAN ART GALLERY University ofGlasgow. Hillhead Street. 3305431. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm. Sat 9.30— 1 pm.

From Blake to Picasso: A Century of Printmaking Until Sat 25 April. Gems from the gallery‘s collection of 19th

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the contrast between traditional techniques and subject matter. Most are abstract and almost monochrome, more about feeling than seeing. (Alice Bain)

Japanese embrace Western culture as l the decades go by but they do not lorsake their own. In that same picture of the foreign hotel, a large red oriental sun sets in the distance.

An exhibition of modern prints show

British and Continental. who were contemporaries of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. E. A. 'I‘aylor. Aubrey Beardsley and Jan 'l'oorop are amongst those included.

0 HUNTERIAN MUSEUM The University ofGlasgow, 339 8855. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm. Sat 9.30am—1pm. Twice named Museum ofthe Year. the Ilunterian

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century prints including Delacroix. Whistler. Degas and Gauguin.

The Mackintosh House Gallery:

Open as above but closed for lunch 12.30-1.30pm. 50p admission on weekday afternoons and Saturdays. A reconstruction of the architect‘s home fitted with original furniture. Graphics olthe Art Nouveau Era Until summer. A new display ofartists.

Sonia Boyce is exhibiting at Third Eye Centr. Her work will next issue at The List.

Collection includes objects ranging from Captain Cook's Pacific treasures to the Bearsden Shark. The First Museums Until Sat 14 March. Collections and collectors of the 17th century. 0 IMAGES GALLERY 74 Hyndland Road. 334 5311. General Exhibition includes etchings. watercolours. oils and ceramics. O LlLLIE ART GALLERY Station Road. Milngavie. 956 2351. Tue—Fri 11am—5pm and 7—9pm; Sat and Sun 2—5pm. Bearsden Art Club Annual Exhibition Sat 7—Sat 21 March. 0 MAIN FINE ART 16 Gibson Street. 334 8858. Kenny MacLellan Tue 17 March—Sat 4 April. After completinga degree in printed texiles at Glasgow School of Art, McLellan took a travelling scholarship to New York. Since then he has been working in London mainly in theatre. This exhibition, his first one-man show. is worked around the themes ofgain and loss. success and failure. 0 MARYRILL ARTS CENTRE 11 Malloch Street. Maryhill, 945 3995. Open Fortnight Until Fri 13 March. Contact centre for details of activities during the two weeks of fun. 0 METRO GALLERY 713 Great Western Road. 339 0737 (opp Botanic Gardens). Tue—Sat 10.30am—5pm. Lorraine Cotterell and Christine lronside Until Sat 21 March. Two young Scottish women artists. 0 PEOPLE'S PALACE MUSEUM Glasgow Green. 554 0223. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Glasgow's museum ofworking life. 0 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 PROVANO'S LOROSHIP 3 Castle Street. Mon—Sat 9.30—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. 0 THE SCOTTISH DESIGN CENTRE 72 St Vincent Street. 221 6121. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm. Sat 9am—5pm. Design Review— Design or Decline Mon 16 March—Sat 11 April. The consumer's guide to the best British buys in the stores, approved by Design Centre Selection in the last 12 months. 0 SPRINGBURN MUSEUM Ayr Street (adjacent to Springburn Railway Station). Mon—Fri 10.30am—5pm. Sun 2-5pm. Opened only seven months ago, Springburn Museum has already delighted thousands ofvisitors with its displays of past times when this area ofGlasgow was famed for its locomotive industry. The Cowlairs Locomotive Works 1841—1966 A new display describing the history ofone of the first large railway works in Britain opened last month. By 1900. 8501ocomotives and thousands ofcarriages and wagons had already been made and dispatched. The display also includes

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