ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
I Art is listed by city first then byvenue, running in alphabetical order. Please send details to Alice Dain not later than 10 days before publication date.
I ANNAN GALLERY I30 West Campbell Street. 22l 5087 8. .‘vlon-Fri9am—5pm: Sat 9.30am- l 2.30pm.
Traditional prints by Scottish artists.
I ART GALLERY 8: MUSEUM. KELVINGROVE 357 3929. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm: Sun l—5pm. Cate. [DI \"oluntary guides are available free of charge to conduct parties or individuals round the main galleries. Contact the enquiry desk.
Horatio McCulloch 1805 - 1867 Until lo June. Ripening in the store cupboards of museums over the past I00 years or so. Victorian painting has been gaining respectability and upstairs favour in recent years. Horatio McCulloch makesa comeback at Mayfest billed as ‘Scotland's most successful Victorian landscape paintcr‘. It is the first exhibition ofhis work (both small sketches and finely finished large oils) since his death. Landscapes May'June. Contemporaries and predecessors of McCulloch frorn the permanent collection including recent acquisitions.
Joan Eardley L'ntil mid-May. All works by Joan Eardley from the gallery‘s collection plus sketches recently gifted by the artist's sister will be shown plus a selection of works by Cowie. Redpath. Gillies and Donaldson.
Glasgow's Great Exhibitions Until 12 June. Four international exhibitions went before the Glasgow Garden Festival I988. The first one was mounted 100 years agoin 1888 with the rest successfully following in I901. I91] and I938. The ﬂavour ofcach period is captured in this exhibition organised by the Royal Incorporation of Architects. A book about the five Great Exhibitions has just been published by White (‘ockade (Juliet and I’erilla Kinchen). an independent publisher. It is a well-planned. well-written volume full of black and white plates and both quirky and essential information. At £I0.95 it's probably one of the best value ‘souvenirs‘ you could buy for Garden Festival year. The book will be reviewed in more detail in a future issue of the List.
GIA Awards/BIAS Drawings Until 29 May. Drawings from the collection of the Royal Incorporation of Architects and this year's Glasgow architectural awards.
Digging lor History Until 30 May. The work of the Scottish Urban Archaeological Trust in Glasgow which looks into the city‘s past. Pottery. metalwork . glass and food remains will be in the display which looks at three main areas. the Cathedral area. the former College Goods Yard in High Street and the Franciscan friary to the west of the High Street.
Taxidermy- The State at the Art Until 31 May.
Prints from the Visual Studio 6-30June. Prints by students of the Visual Arts Studio.
I BARCLAY LENNIE FINE ART 203 Bath
Street. 226 5413. Mon--Fri Iliam—Spszat Illam- I pm.
Elspeth Harrigan Until June. An exhibition of ﬂower paintings.
EmeslBurnett Hood Until June. A limited edition of new etchings of Glasgow by Ernest Hood.
I BLYTHSWOOO GALLERY tot West George Street. 226 5529. Mon-Fri “lam—5.30pm; Sat 10am—1pm.
David McClure in Company Until 28 May. Work by David McClureJohn Cunningham. James D. Robertson. Sir William McTaggart and others.
I THE BURRELL COLLECTIONPollokshaws Road. 649 7151. Mon—Sat I0am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Rest. ID]
narer Gills than Gold Until 2o June. Giftsto saints were most popular in the medieval period. Students from Glasgow University's History of Art Dept. have organised this exhibition of 1401 century art based on the Burrell's celebrated collection. Chalices. ivory cars ings. MSS L‘IC.
Hanging Gardens of Central Asia Until 28 September. Burrcll even had gorgeous bedspreads and two of them form the centrepiece on an exhibition ofCentral Asian embroderies frotn the 18th and I9th
centuries. A ﬂoral display for the Glasgow Garden Festival.
I COLLINS GALLERY University of Strathclyde. 22 Richmond Street. 552 4400ext 26822-116. Mon—Fri 10am-5pm: Sat I2—4pm.
Fotogratia Bulla Until 28 May. Photography which ‘owes nothing to the Carter-Bresson school of Photography which looked for naturally occuring ironies and caught them at thcoptimum moment. These pictures invert the process - they are fixed. static studio shots. carefully contrived from props and paintings . . Wittiest is the work ol'Teun Hocks. But too often. the technique is used for its ow n sake and as a resttlt seems to have nothing tosay.‘(SK)
A Hive of Activity 7 June——l July. WASPS (less of a mouthful than Workshop and Artist Studio Provision Scotland) mounts its first national group exhibition. The selection by sculptor Fiona Dean. Colin Cina head of Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Mike Tooby from the Mappin. Sheffield includes about 50 works by artists working in WASPS studios throughout Scotland including John Taylor. Dougie Thomson. Kate Downie. Lys Hanson and Ken Currie. WASPS are also organising open days at their King Street and East Campbell Street studios. For more information on this and other WASPS matters contact the administrator at 22 King Street. Glasgow 5520564.
I COMPASS GALLERY I78 West Regent Street. 221 6370. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm. Helen Wilson 4-25 June. New paintings by this Glasgow-based artist.
I COOPER HAY RARE BOOKS 203 Bath Street. 226 3074.
Floral Engravings Until June. An exhibition oforiginal hand-coloured ﬂoral engravings.
I CYRlL GERBER FINE ART 148 West Regent Street. 22I 3095. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5.30pm; Sat 9.30am— I 2.30pm. Summer Exhibition Until end June. 20th century paintings which include an Eardley with characteristic marine blue sky. at Jack Knox cafe’ and an E. A. Walton
idyll. ()ther artists include Anne Redpath. James Cowie and Elizabeth Blackadder. I EXHIBITION CENTRE STATION Finnieston.
Scotrail Mural ()pen now for Garden Festival Traffic. Glasgow artist Willie Rodger has designed a 29 enamel panel I00 foot long mural showing the city from rural to industrial to regeneration.
I FINE ART SOCIETY I34 Blythswood Street. 332 4027. Mon-Fri 9.30am—5.30pm; Sat I0am--lpm.
Spring '88 Ilntil 4 June. Paintings acquired during the past year and not yet shown. Five Flower Painters l'ntil 4 June Mary Armour . l- li/abelh Blackatltler. Christine McArthur. I'na Shanks and Ann Patrick and more traditional work from stock.
I GLASGOW ARTS CENTRE I 2 Washington Street. 22] 4526 Mon Fri l0am—8pm;Sat l0am~ 3pm.
Images de Jardin 4-25 June. Ten gardens. art nouveau gardens. Versailles and many others have been brought together in this exhibition which looks at the history of French garden design from the Middle Ages up to the present.
I GLASGOW GARDEN FESTIVAL ()ppositc Scottish Exhibition Centre.
Sculpture The Glasgow Garden Festival includes sculpture dotted amongst the flower beds. demonstrations and things to do on this planned site of ‘the day out for all the family.‘ Look out for George Wyllie's funnels sporting the old ﬂags of the Clyde. Ian Hamilton Finlay’s wildﬂower walk and Richard Deacon‘s Clydebuilt structure.
Future issues of the List will look at the final selection.
Artis The commercial arts group Artis has selected 13 Scottish artists to be exhibited in the much-publicised baronial manor by Witnpey Homes at the Glasgow Garden Festival. John Taylor. Dominic Snyder. Joseph Urie. Sandy Moffat and Derek Roberts are amongst those showing in this upper-yuppie domestic setting.
I GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO 22 King Street. 5520704. Mon- Sat Ilium—5.30pm.
The Print Stttdio opens its new premises
Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow For Horatio McCulloch the best came last. In 1864 he painted ‘Glencoe’ generally recognised in be his masterpiece, deeply romantic and rugged. He also completed Loch Achray with the sun in retreat behind the hills. The tollowing year the same Loch was bathed in the blue brilliance ol the sun. 1866 produced Loch Katrine, a highly linished scenic portrait with detail and colour close to Pre-Raphaelite intensity. In 1867 McCulloch was dead, aged 62.
The art gallery at Kelvingrove rekindles interest in this Victorian landscape painter with an exhibition based on their own collection, the largest in Scotland. With loans trom private and public collections they have gathered together 40 oils and 19 watercolours lor reassessment, with the double lunction ol coaxing lost McCullochs out at the attics and stores which may have kept them dusty tor many years.
For this is the lirst exhibition at his work this century, making him the latest of the 19th century ‘rediscoveries'. In the deco Thirties when the art ol the day was stripped ot Victorian clutter and romance, Loch Katrine was bought by Perth Museum and Art Gallery tor a mere 265,
astonishing when compared with its price of 2400 three quarters at a century earlier when the artist sold it to an individual collector.
Now, as we juggle the balance between nostalgia and progress, artists with a vision like McCulloch’s are temptineg attractive. For the cynics they are kitsch, tor the land-lover they are dreams and tor the tourist they are an attraction. ls McCulloch any more than passing lashion lor the second time round?
There are elements at his pictures which say perhaps not. There is an inconsistency in the quality at the work
throughout his career and his brush is not always light. But as for direction, McCulloch seems set on a path from the beginning which searches lor an understanding ol the landscape. Figures he has no time tor and those badly painted on, eventually disappear from the scene altogether.
This is a curious exhibition. Here is a Victorian landscape painter, shunned for many years, being restored to glory. Was he merely a society painter of the time, or has he something more important to say? Somehow, even in the light at this exhibition, it remains a puzzle. (Alice Dain)
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