ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
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220 1305. Mon-Sat 10am—5.30pm. Wide selection of contemporary British glass. ()riginal prints by contemporary artistsand jewellery. I COLLECTIVE GALLERY 166 High Street. 220 1260. The Collective have moved up the High Street. While it is settling in and organising the new space. the gallery is closed. The List will let you know as soon as its back on the scene. Anyenquiries should be directed to the new address above. I THE DESIGNER GALLERY 1 l Hasties Close (round corner from 369 Gallery) Cowgate. 225 2774. Michael McManus Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare‘s words with contemporary photographs. I EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART Lauriston Place. Mon—Thurs lllam—Spm; Fri 10am—5pm: Sat l0am—noon. Belgrade Exchange to Feb—1 Mar. The Faculty of Fine Art at Belgrade University exhibit their work. 50 Special Years 24 Feb—9 March. The Scottish Special Housing Association celebrates 50 years of operation. The exhibition of their work includesa reconstruction of a ‘single end. I EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY ARCHITECTURE GALLERY 20 Chambers Street. 667 1011 ext 4-171 forint'o. Carlo Scarpa at the Castelvecchio Until 22 Jan. This Italian architect has posthumously become increasingly influential. his work now being assessed in a number of new publications. This exhibition shows twenty of his drawings for the Castelvecchio in Verona which be converted into the city's main museum. It is the first time they have been seen outside Verona. See Royal College of Physicians for details of Art and Architecture Week. I EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY LIBRARY George Square. 667 1011.t\1on—Fri 9am— 5pm. Piecing Together the Past Until 15 April. Exhibition Room. An exhibition to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee ofthe University’s Department ofArchitectttre. Warren Hastings and British India Starts 1 Feb. I FINE ART SOCIETY 12 Great King Street. 5560305. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. Land of the Pharaohs 1~27 Feb. To coincide with the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition at the City Art Centre in February. the Fine Art Society have got together a little of their own magic with Victorian impressions of ancient civilisation. In the late l9th century Egypt pulled in European tourists by the boatload. Edward Lear. Frederick Goodall. David Roberts and Joseph Farquharson (better known for snowy sheep than camels) are some of the artists included in this exhibition who made the trip and were inspired. I FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366 Mon—Fri 9.30am—lpm and 2pm—5.30pm. Robert Doisneau 1—26 Feb. Photographs by the well-respected French documentary photographer. I FRUITMARKET GALLERY 29 Market Street. 225 2383. Tue—Sat l0am—5.30pm: Sun l.30pm—5.30pm. Licensed cafe. Boyd Webb 23 Jan—3 March. Boyd Webb‘s photographs will amaze. 11c creates a world where dinasaurs climb on men‘s backs. telephones talk to each other under water and people pop out of planets small enough to belong to The Little Prince. His theatrical set-ups are witty. intriguing and get to the point sharp. Talk 23Jan. 6.15pm. Free. Stuart Morgan. editor of Artscribe and author of the Boyd Webb catalogue essay. talks about Boyd Webb's photography. Ta|k5 Feb. 6.15pm. Free. Richard Cork. writer and art critic. talks about the early work and development of Boyd Webb's l_
I CDLERIDGE GALLERY 47b George Street.
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Calilornia; Women in Photography, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh Few places can be quite so locked within an image as California but there is not so much as a hint ol a jogger or a whill ol surl in this line exhibition at ten women photographers at Stills.
S.E. Ciriclio alludes to a contemporary preoccupation with ownership in herwork but it is lull ol sell-parody. In one at her pictures, scores at photographs, each the size ol a postage stamp, are stuck to a map ol a city. Each picture has a house, each house has a bit of blue sky and most a a large car in the driveway. It's an image lull ol wealth or more particularly of ownership but as a town it's cluttered, unitorm and berelt ol people or interest.
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the sell-analysis that we might expect lrom Calilornians in some at the pictures but there is usually a good degree ol wit or imagination there as well. Melanie Walker's rellections on words such as ‘oecay Remains Disasters Anoerexia' lor example could just be sell-indulgent but it’s controlled and lluent and skillully pushes images and ideas towards an abstraction. Perhaps most touching are the Calilornians represented in Minette Lehmann's work. They went to her studio to pose nude — many on their 30th or 40th birthdays — and they didn’t go to be llattered. They are balding, ageing, paunchy, directand unerotic but ultimately good-humoured and endearing. This is California taking a long cool look at itsell, but not altogether disliking what it sees. (Sally Kinnes)
Talk 12 Feb. 6.15pm. Free. Ron ()‘Donnell. the Scottish photographer known for his witty installations. gives a personal appreciation of Boyd Webb‘s work.
Bookshop Sale 26—31 Jan. The Fruitmarket will be selling off posters and catalogues at reduced prices this week.
I GALLERY OF MODERN ART Belford Road. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm'. Sun 2—5pm. Restaurant. [D]
No special exhibitions for first part of year. Permanent collection on show. Some rooms may be closed due to redecoration.
I GATEWAY GALLERY 2—4 Abbeymount. 6610982. Mon-Fri 10am—5pm; Sat 11am-3pm. Restaurant.
Raymond Hutchison 20—27 Feb. Monoprints by a local artist.
I GALERIE MIRAGES The Lane. 46a Raeburn Place. Stockbridge. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Closed Wed. Moghul India Until Sat 13 Feb. The romance of Moghul India captured in woodcarvings. furniture. embroidery and miniatures.
I GRAEME MURRAY GALLERY 15 Scotland Street 5566020 Tue—Fri 11am—5pszat 10am-1pm.
Sol LeWitt Until 13 Feb. Wall drawings by an American artist also appearing in the Edinburgh International.
I HANOVER FINE ART 104 Hanover Street. 225 2450. Mon-Fri l0am—5.30pm; Sat 10am—4pm.
Mixed Exhibition Until Tue 2 Feb. Introducing new artists to the gallery. Plus ceramics. jewellery and prints.
I HM GENERAL REGISTER HOUSE Princes Street. 556 6585. Mon—Fri 9am—4.30pm. The Scots in Australia Until end Feb.
I ITALIAN INSTITUTE 2a Melville Crescent 226 3173 Mon-Fri l0am-5pm (closed l—2pm).
Carlo Scarpa at the Castelvecchio Exhibition organised jointly with Edinburgh University‘s Architecture Department — See Edinburgh University Architecture Gallery.
I KINGFISHER GALLERY 5 Northumberland Street Lane.
Quartet Until 30Jan. 4 painters and5 Scottish sculptors.
I MALCOLM INNES GALLERY 67 George Street. 226 4151. Mon—Fri 9am—6pm: Sat 10am—lpm.
No special exhibitions until March.
I MERCURY GALLERY 213 North Bank Street. 225 3200. Mon—Fri 10am—5.30pm: Sat 10am—lpm.
From the Indonesian Archipelago Until 30 Jan. Shadow puppets. basketware and textiles. The Mercury have announced that this will be its last exhibition on the Mound. They say that although exciting. the venture has not ‘inspired sufficient interest and has therefore proved uneconomic to sustain.‘ Over the five years this branch of the Mercury Gallery. London has been operating. they have consistently shown special artists. This summer an exhibition of paintings byJune Redfern proved one of the most adventurous exhibitions of the Edinburgh Festival and more recently the calm abstract collage of Philip Reeves showed the gallery's ability to change mood without losing quality. A student show selected from the four Scottish colleges was mounted every year. It will be sorely missed by those beginning their career.
With the proliferation of galleries in Edinburgh over the last five years. there was bound to be a casualty sooner or later. Consideringthe reputation it has managed to forge. it is surprising that the Mercuryis one of the first to fall.
The gallery will continue to operate from its London address. I NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound. 556 8921.Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Turner Watercolours- The Vaughan Bequest Until 31 Jan. January would not be the same without these piercing colours. Visions of Switzerland and Skye. a grey British wash and the famouslightning flash in the Piazetta in Venice make Turner‘s understanding of landscape unmatchable. At the end ofJanuary they return to their drawers for another year. so don't leave it too late. Wilkie Drawings 6 Feb—27 March. A display from the gallery‘s collection based around a new acquisition. The Other Robert Burns and his Circle Until end Jan. Burns‘ panel for the genteel Crawford tearooms (now Miss Selfridge and Dolcis) forms the centre for this small but attractive exhibition. Redecoratlons and Restrictions From January to the end ofJune. the redecoration programme. begun with the red room this year. will continue in the main ground—ﬂoor galleries. The idea is to recall the spirit of the period in which the gallery was built and its architect Sir William Playfair. Rooms 15—18(English. Dutch and 18th century European)will be closed until early March. I NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George [V Bridge. 226 4531. Mon—Fri 9.30am-5pm; Sat 9.30am—lpm; Sun 2pm—5pm. Scotland at Play 25 Jan— 1 5 May. Sport gets the documentary treatment as the library looks at its history in Scotland from the Middle Ages to today. I NETHERBOW 43 High Street. 5569579. Mon-Sat 10am—4.30pm and evenings when performances. Cafe. Sax Shaw Until Sat 23 Jan. Stained glass and tapestry design. Picture Sale Until end Jan. Work donated by artists for sale by the Netherbow. £2.50—£60. Artsplay Weds from 3 Feb. 3.45-5.30pm.Painting and drawing workshops for ages 8—11. Children's Writers Workshop Sats from 6 Feb. 10.30am—12.30pm. For ages 8—1 1 on the subject of Egypt and the Pharaohs. Booking for both workshops essential. I OPEN EYE GALLERY 75 Cumberland Street. 557 1020. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat 10am-4pm. The Chosen Few Until 28 Jan. A fascinating exhibition which puts Scottish art (painting and ceramics) on a personal level for 60 selectors. John Bellany. Joyce Cairns. Pat Douthwaite. Stephen Conroy and Robin Philipson are among the artists selected. To discover the choice (they were allowed to give one name only) of Timothy Clifford. George Wyllie.
36 The List 22 Jan — 4 Feb 1988