ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
Liberation‘. is organiser of London’s Anglo-Polish art group, Ed Baxter makes use of hair, wood. tin cans and tea and Karen Eliot is writer and publisher omei/e Magazine. Glyn Banks and Hannah Vowles recently showed at Gimpel Fils in London and regularly contribute to specialist art magazines.
0 TRON 38 Parnie Street. 552 4267/8. Box office Tues—Sat. Noon—10pm. Painting 369 Until Sat 30 May. 369 Gallery. Edinburgh comes through to Mayfest with a selection ofworks by young artists working in Scotland. The gallery‘s particular interest in the strong painterly traditions associated with Scottish 20th century artists is reflected in their choice. Among those showing will be Alan Watson from Auchtermuchty who captures fishermen at work; Caroline McNairn whose pastels convey the light ofsunnierclimes and Fionna (‘arlisle who now lives and works in Crete.
0 WASHINGTON GALLERY 44 Washington Street. 221 6780. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm: Sat 10am—1pm.
Summer Exhibition Until Fri 12 June. Selection ofwork by Scottish artists including Cadell. Alexander Fraser. John Knox and others.
O ASSEMBLY ROOMSS4 George Street. Mon—Sat 10am—3.30pm.
O BACKROOM GALLERY Underneath the Arches. 42 London Street, 556 832‘). Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm. Alistair Keddie - Painting and Rob
Compass Gallery, Glasgow
Douglas Thomson‘s obsessive subject is the human head, with all attention focused on the face — especially, at least to begin with, on the eyes which mirror all emotion and mood, from angst to arrogance, wariness to wisdom. These heads are often much largerthan life size, yet momumental - the first word that comes to mind to describe them — is by no means an apt term fora quality that is strangely fluid and expansive.
Almost this painter seems to see each face as though it were a landscape, or that is what his sense oi scale and structure, and not least his fascinating use of pigments, suggests; the way he strokes and scrapes them over and under one another into a wealth oi colour as rich as nature's own tapestry of sun and shadow on earth and water and rock and sky.
This, then, is not run-of-the-mill ‘new imagery'. Douglas Thomson is areal colourist, using his medium lovingly and in a way that calls up an answering respect. He is not alraid to reveal the part played by trial and error, and his overview of the human physiognomy is blessedly contemplative in this grab-all-quick era oi ours. His subject might remain the same from one year to the next but he has never stopped developing his means of expression. (Cordelia Oliver)
Mulholland— Sculpture Until Sat 30 May.
0 BOURNE FINE ART 4 Dundas Street, 5574050. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm; Sat 10am-1pm.
John B. Soutar Until Sat 16 May. See also Open Eye Gallery. Edinburgh. 0 CALTON GALLERY 10 Royal Terrace. 556 1010. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm; Sat 10am—1pm.
Spring Exhibition Until summer. An exhibition ofpaintings. watercolours and bronzes (1700-1940) from Britain and Europe. Early 19th century Scottish landscape painters are particularly well represented — including Alexander and Patrick Nasmyth — as are 19th and early 20th century ‘Animalier’ bronzes.
0 CENTRAL LIBRARY George IV Bridge. 225 5584. Mon—Fri 9am—9pm. Sat 9am—1pm.
Esperanto Until Mon 1 June. Esperanto (‘the hoping one‘ to its creator) was Dr Zamenhof‘s over-ambitious attempt to get everyone to speak the same language. Firstpublished in 1887 it celebrates a centenary. if not wild success. this year. The display includes printed material and notes on the key figures involved.
0 CITY ART CENTRE 2 Market Street. 225 2424 ext 6650. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Licensed cafe. [D] George Drummond Until Sat 23 May. George Drummond (1687-1766) six times Lord Provost of Edinburgh, ‘father ofthe New Town‘ and founder ofthe distinguished Medical School at Edinburgh is celebrated on the tercentenary of his birth with
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paintings. prints. documents and a reconstructed period room. Anne Frank in the World Anne Frank
died in a concentration camp in 1945.
This exhibition focuses on her life and on the history which destroyed her family. Women Live Wed 20—Sat 30 May. Women Live is a voluntary network which aims to make the arts accessible to women through participation. This exhibition follows on from the one shown last year at the Assembly Rooms and shows work of all mediums. paintings. ceramics. photography etc. 0 COLERIOGE GALLERY 47b George Street. 220 1305. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm. Wide Selection of contemporary British studio glass shown permanently. O COLLECTIVE GALLERY 52—54 High Street 556 2600. Tue—Fri 12.30—5.30pm; Sat l0am—5pm. Closed Sun and Mon. Andrew Miller, Bibylle von Halem: New Sculpture Sat 16 May—Tue 2 June. First Edinburgh show for two sculptors who studied in Glasgow. Their work is carved and modelled and on themes of transformation. Friday the Fifteenth Benefit Dance Fri 15 May. £1 .50. Tickets available from the gallery for this fund-raising dance at Calton Studios. 0 CRAIGMILLAR LIBRARY Prestontield Arts Association Thurs 28 May—Sat 13June. In the largest exhibition ever held in the library. the association brings together art from all over the area.
O RICHARD OEMARCO GALLERY Blackfriars Church. Blackfriars Street (off High Street). 557 0707. Irwin Until Sat 30 May.
0 EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART Lauriston Place. 22‘) ‘)31 l. Mon—Thurs 10a tit—8pm; Fri 10am—5pm; Sat l0am—noon. Scottish Embroidery ‘87 Until Fri 29 May. Work from the Scottish Branches of the Embroidery Guild featuring a retrospective exhibition ofembroideries by Kathleen Whyte MBE. past head of Embroidery and Weaving at Glasgow School of Art and one of the foremost exponents of the art in Britain.
0 FINE ART SOCIETY 12 Great King Street. 5560305. Mon—Fri ‘).30am—5.30pm. Sat l0am—lpm. Spring '87 Until Fri 5 June. A further selection of recent acquisitions. Watercolours and drawings. Some large works by EA. Walton of idlyllic pastoral scenes and a lovely portrait of pigs by (‘rawhall See Glasgow for recently bought paintings.
0 FLYING COLOURS 35 William Street. 225 6776. 'I'ue- Fri
1 lam—6pm. Sat 10am~ 1 pm.
Glasgow Trio Until 'l‘hurs 28 May. Recent works in oil and watercolour by three Glasgow artists. Candace Kitfield Lucas. Clare Brady and Alma Wolfson.
O FORREST MCKAY 38 I Iowe Street. 226 258‘). Mon—Fri l0am—6pm. Sat 10am— 1pm.
General exhibition — Scottish painting from 1800 onwards.
O FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366 Mon-Fri 9.30am- 1 pm and 2pm-5.30pm. Henri Goetz—50 Years of Painting Fri 15 May—Fri lZJune.
Talk by Henri Goetz Thurs 14 May 6.30pm. Free.
0 FRUITMARKET GALLERY 2‘) Market Street. 225 2383. Tue—Sat lllam——5.30pm. Closed Mon. Licensed cafe.
The Fruitmarket will open on Sundays with the opening of the Spero exhibition. Galleries and cafe will be open from 1.30—5.30pm.
Nancy Spero Until Sun 14 .Iune. A major retrospective of this American artist. The earliest work was made in Paris — large. black. expressionist paintings. ()n returning to America. Spero discovered the country preoccupied with war. A series of gouachcs on Vietnam was her response. In the late Seventies she began painting on scrolls with woman as the central figures on their paper lengths. Recently shown at the [CA in London. this exhibition provides the opportunity to have a long look at the work of this controversial figure. Sec GuestList. Talk Fri 22 May at 6.30pm. Marina Warner. freelance critic and writer, will discuss the work of Spero.
Tour Sat 30 May at 2.30pm. An introductory tour ofthe exhibition which lasts 30mins. Assemble at bookshop. Two Workshops Sun 24 May and Sun 7 June. Both two hours long beginning at 10.30am. Discussion ofexhibition ofwork by Nancy Spero and the
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