ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
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Gallery at Modern Art, Edinburgh The National Gallery in London has one. The Isle ol Cumbrae has one. Edinburgh University has one. And last year, the Gallery at Modern Art had one for the lirst time. With space to spare and gaps waiting to be tilled in their busy education programme, the gallery was able to take on an artist-in-residence tor a year starting last spring.
Ian Hughes, a young Scottish artist,
government to the promotion oftheir artists makes the British system (where an Arts Council stands in for a Ministry of Culture. a body which could exert a much more powerful lobby) seem somewhat behind the times. The most spectacular piece in the exhibition — a large cube with neon lights — is sited on the roof ofthe gallery and is a real treat for night walkers. Three sculptors show in the lower gallery with two painters upstairs. There is a cool. reserved quality about the whole exhibition.
I GALERIE LA BELLE ANGELE 1 1 llastics Close. Cowgate (behind 369 Gallery) Mon—Fri 10am—5.30pm; Sat 11am—4pm. Framing for artists done on the premises.
I GALERIE MIRAGES Raeburn Place. 315 2603. Tue—Sat 9am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. closed Mondays.
Colourful selection of goodies from the gallery‘s treasure store. Decorative and functional objects from Afghanistan. Thailand. India and Africa.
Soumalt Hugs Until end Feb. A special weave resembling embroidery from Iran.
was chosen and in exchange tor allowing the public into his studio and talking to schools, was given space, time and money to develop his own work. The experience has paid oil. His end-ol-session exhibition, on at the gallery this month and next, shows a clear development and expansion oi ideas.
The immediate impression at his large paintings is one at power. Blood red drips over a scene at men and horses. Photographic portraits are distorted by the tatoos of Hughes’ paint. There is a furious distorted Baconesque quality at image hanging over a depiction ol the dead Christ alter Holbein. Art is present but expression is all.
In the lirst room a group of boxes are filled with tormented relics which mix the metaphors ol healing and religion. These too concentrate reaction on first seeing.
This seems to be a sincere attempt at allowing art to squeeze through the gates of the sub-concsious. But I find it difficult to reconcile the idea at this artist as artist-in-residence with all that entails, with the image represented in the catalogue and the image of the artist striving lor inspiration in his studio. That may well be a conllict Hughes thrived on. (Alice Bain)
I GALLERY OF MODERN ART Belford Road. 556 8921 . Mon—Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 2—5pm. [DI Cafe. The gallery's justly renowned cafe is open Mon—Sat 10.30am—4.30pm: Sun 2.30—4.20pm. Cream teas will be served from 3—4.15pm.
lan Hughes Until 19 Mar. Over the past year. Hughes has been working at the GMA as the gallery‘s first artist-in-rcsidence. With interests in pain. death. cruelty and anguish. this is an exhibition far from decorative. drawing-room values.
Lunchtime Concerts Thursdays at 1.15pm. Admission by programme £1. David Rimcr. Jacqueline Kennedy, Harry Johnstone and Stewart Benzie make upa horn quartet — 2 Mar. Colin Kingsley on piano— 16 Mar.
I GRAEME MURRAY GALLERY 15 Scotland Street. 556 6020. Tue—Fri 10am—5pm. Sat 10am—1pm.
Group Show Until 17 Mar. LindaTaylor exhibits her exquisite pine drawings, Kate Whiteford her bold abstracts. Edda Renouf letters and Sarah Bray drawings.
Hunterian Art Gallery University of Glasgow
FROM MCTAGGART TO EARDLEY
Watercolours and Drawings from the Scottish Collection
19 November - 15 April 1989 (Closed 24-27 March inclusive)
Sat9.30am—lpm Tel: 041 330 5431
I HANOVER FINE ART 22A Dundas Street , 556 2181. Mon-Fri lOam-6pm; Sat IOam-4pm. Agnes Wilson Until 8 Mar. A retrospective of paintings. I INROUSE 28 Howe Street. 225 2888. Blueprint Exhibition Until mid March. An exhibition about the award winning architecture. design and style magazine Blueprint. well-known for its design. size (bigger than tabloid) and quality, as it celebrates its fifth anniversary. I ITALIAN INSTITUTE 82 Nicolson Street. Mon—Fri 9am-5pm. Punto Uno The Italian Institute is behind an exhibition of Italian artists at the Richard Demarco Gallery in Blackfriars Street. I IXIA 44a George Street, 225 6882. Mon-Sat 10am—5.30pm. Kolkl Diva Until 25 Feb. Designer knitwear by Joy Baszucki. I KINGFISHER GALLERY Northumberland Street Lane. 557 5454. Mon-Sat 10am—4.30pm, Sat 10am—1pm; Sun closed. Collection at Watercolours Until 10 Mar. William Baillie. Alison Dunlop, Ann Patrick. Elspeth Harrigan. George Johnston. Jenny Matthews and others— somc of Scotland‘s leading watercolourists. I MACDONALD ROAD LIBRARY McDonald Road. Mon-Fri 9am—8.30pm; Sat 9am—1pm. Expressions Until 6 Mar. Photographs by Bill Didcock. I MALCOLM INNES GALLERY 67 George Street, 226 4151. Mon—Fri 9am—6pm. Scottish landscape. sporting and natural history paintings. I NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound, 556 8921. Mon—Sat lOam—Spm; Sun 2—5pm. I Drawings by the Huncimans Until 26 April. Alexander and John Runciman were probably the most original draughtsmen in Scotland in the 18th century. This is a selection of their work from the national collection. I Dutch and Flemish Landscape Drawings Until 26 April. 17th century works in the northern landscape tradition which was developed in Haarlem around that time. Artists like van Goyen, van Ruisdalc and Hobbema are represented. I NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George 1V Bridge, 226 4531. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm; Sat 9.30am—lpm; Sun 2pm—Spm. Exhibition room closed until July when an exhibition which celebrates the 300th birthday will open. I NETHERDOW 43 High Street, 5569579. Mon-Sat 10am—4.30pm and evenings when performances. Cafe. Goodbye Ronnie Until 4 Mar. Paintings by David Hughes. A ﬂavour of America in red, blue and white. stars and stripes. I OPEN EYE GALLERY 75 Cumberland Place, 557 1020. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm, Sat
JAMES GIBSON Paintings and Drawings Until 2 March 1989
Mon-Sat 1 Dam—5.30pm
Subsidised by the Scottish Arts Council and Glasgow District Council
Edinburgh Castle by Rob McCarthy
STILL ON THE CLIFF’S EDGE
369 Gallery, Edinburgh Clills with a dark inspiration have been Rob McCarthy’s preoccupation tor the last tew years and though he has tried to move away lrom them, they continue to come through in his latest work. A red sunset over St Giles Cathedral still carries the weight of clill stone and New York skyscrapers take their place as markers between sea and land. This transition however is somewhat hesitant. The vibrant brooding quality which gives his clitt paintings lite, is diluted in New York and conlused in Edinburgh. The paintings which amalgamate a view at Edinburgh Castle and Salisbury Crags, while being an interesting concept, lall short at producing the magic these two high spots convey in reality. One drawing in the hall does however come up to the mark-with blood red crags against blue. In the upstairs gallery, an artist just graduated lrom Glasgow School ol Art, Anne Morrison, shows a vivid sense of emotion and is already painting with assurance and maturity. Comparisons with other Scottish painters like John Bellany and Gwen Hardie are tempting, but Morrison paints well beyond the superliclal element of style and technique. (Alice Bain)
Mari Bond Until 9 Mar. Paintings.
Ian Pirie Until 9 Mar. Ceramics.
I PALACE OF ROLYROODHOUSE Tel 556 7371 for information.
The Highlanders ol Scotland Until April. Watercolours by Kenneth MacLeay. one of the founding members ofthe Royal Scottish Academy and a great favourite of Queen Victoria. Throughout his career he
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