Sculpture by Urs Luthi

Skulpturen Republlk, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow. ‘Play is older than work, and art is olderthan the display of uselul obiects.‘ (Karl Bucher, 1896) —curator Robert Winter succinctly explains the thinking behind ‘Skulpturen Bepublik’, an exhibition of small sculptures by contemporary artists of international renown. The range oi these 29 works, each mounted on its own grained

iormica plinth to create the impression oi individual constituents in the republic, is enormous.

Playlully dealing with high aesthetics, many do not reier to traditional uses oi sculpture. From British artist Tony Cragg's organic crumbling sandstone, using material in a conservative way to create a very abstract piece, to expressive clay

I THE SHED 25 Blackfriars Street. 553 2475. Mon—Sat l2noon—7pm: Sun l2noon—5pm. Glasgow Sculpture Studio at the Shed Until 4 July. Bruce McLean has selected a number of sculptures from the Studio to appear at this Gallery. This is the final exhibition to be heldat The Shed Gallery. I SPRINGBURN MUSEUM Ayr Street. 557 1405. Mon—Fri lil.3()am-5pm. Sat “lam—4.30pm. Sun 2pm—5pm. Springburn and Stuii Until 31 August. Local painter Joseph Davie was specially commissioned by the museum to record

the changing face of Springburn. His large atmospheric paintings are on display alongside a collection of sculptures by the members of the Elmvale Adult'l'raining Centre.

I THIRO EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521 . Tue—Sat “lam—5.30pm. Sun 2—5.3()pm.

Skulpturen Flepublik Gallery One. Until 9 July. Thirtyinternational artists exhibit small sculptures.

Earthen Shades Gallery Two. Until 9July. Paintings in strong natural colours by Shanti Panchal juxtaposing childhood events from India with contemporary life


I989 EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART In The Sculpture Court at Edinburgh College ofArt FRIDAY 30th JUNE '89 Preview at 3pm Tickets £2.50: lst Show at 7pm Tickets 8; Winc£3.5(l: 2nd Show at 9pm Tickets & Wine £3.50 SATL‘RDAY Ist JULY ‘89 lst Show at 7pm Tickets 8; Wine £3.50; 2nd Show at 9pm Tickets & Winc£3.5il For tickets contact Edinburgh College of Art Fashion Department Telephone 031 229 93”

works, mostly irom mainland Europe. to Hanoverian Dieter Roth‘s Portrait oi the artist as birdieedbust this is a vigorous display ol imagination, which oiten utilises the peculiar scale to gain a provocative sense of understatement.

Roth’s piece, ior example, is about as organic a piece as one will ever see; it has been continually changing since its creation 20 years ago. Originally an accurately modelled head oi Viennese chocolate, it was deliberately inlested with lice, some of which can still be seen under the perspex case, in order to have it systematically degraded. The eiiect now is rather grotesque but in a strangely natural, acceptable way.

Elsewhere, the passionate words, ANARCHIA, AMDRE, ARTE, are inscribed on cool snooker balls, the Scots are well represented by Ian Hamilton Finlay's enchanting ceramic and Allan Johnston’s bolder bronze.

One might have expected it all to be disregarded as irrelevent today, but Gareth Fisher, a lecturer in the sculpture department at Duncan oi Jordonstone College at Art in Dundee was at the Third Eye Centre last Saturday giving a very enthusiastic lecture on the merits oi Skulpturen Republik. He suggested to me aiterwards that the promotion oi such work is particularly vital just now, and in Scotland, ‘It iunctions as a counterbalance to the strategic use oi sculpture, by dealing simply and speciiically with ideas and our relationship with the material world, something which we oiten lose sight oi amid the continual barrage oi electronic media. These works are so immediate and small they can speak very reireshingly to us, about easily ignored but important, basic concepts.’ (Stewart Hennessey)

in Britain.

Proportionate Play Cafe. Until ()July. Children eating and drinking captured on film by David Griffith.

I THE TRAMWAY ()ld Museum of Transport. Albert Drive. 423 9527. Mon—Sat li).3()am-6.3(lpm.

32nd Annual Exhibition by the Glasgow Group Until 1 July. The major art show in Glasgow during the summer draws in most of the 18 members ofthe group together alongside 25 younger artists invited to exhibit with them. Also showing will be a selection of work from the Glasgow Sculpture Studio. as well as the recent recipient of the International Gulbenkian Foundation Award: George Wylie's Paper Boat.

The Photographs oi Herman Leonard Until 2 July. During the early 1940s and 505 Ilerman Leonard captured the finest jazz musicians of the era in memorable and evocative prints.

After these two exhibitions finish the entire building is given over to TAG‘s massive City project. (see Theatre feature).

I TRANSMISSION GALLERY l3 Chisholm Street. 552 4813. Mon—Sat noon—6pm. Transmission has moved to new premises in 28 King Street. just around the corner. The first exhibition in the new gallery. open on 8 July. will be Paintings and Drawings by Helen Flockhart and Kay McLean

I TRON THEATRE ()3 Trongate. 552 3748. No exhibition organised for the time being.

I WASPS 26 King Street. 552 0564. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm; Sat 10.30am—5pm. A shop. exhibition space and resource centre with information on work by all WASPS artists. Slide library and information about how to commission work.

Don't Lose Control Until 3()June. The title is from a song by jazz musician George Andrews and the paintings by Peter Russell address the theme oforder and the chaos that lurks beneath it.

Simon Greer and Grant McTavish 3—28July. A first showing for these two young figurative painters.


I THE ARCHITECTURE GALLERY University of Edinburgh. Dept of Architecture. 20 Chambers Street. 667 Ill] 1 ext4544. Mon—Fri 9am—8pm: Sat/Sun 10am-3pm. Display oi Student Work Until 7July. Models. slides and blueprints ofprojects carried out by students of all years.

I ARTIS 26 Gayfield Square. 556 7546. Mon—Fri 2—6pm.

Landlorms Until 26 July. The beauty ofthe Scottish landscape has inspired John Bathgate to travel throughout the country to record it on canvas.

I BOURNE FINE ART 4 Dundas Street. 557 4050. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat lilam—lam.

Scottish painting 1800-1950 and decorative arts.

I BYZANTIUM Victoria Street. 225 1768. Mon—Sat li)am—5.3()pm.

Art Student’s Work 3—29 July. Adisplay of the highly imaginative work from the Tapestry Department of Edinburgh Art School amongst others

I CALTON GALLERY 10 Royal Terrace. 556 1010. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm: Sat 10am—1pm.

19th and early 20th century British paintings and watercolours.

I CENTRAL LIBRARY George IV Bridge. 225 5584. Mon—Fri 9am—8.3()pm; Sat 9am— 1 pm.

The Scots Magazine 250th Anniversary Until l3July. Central Library Gallery. A display ofarticles and line drawingsthat have appeared in the ‘World‘soldcst popular magazine‘.

The Future oi Edinburgh Until 12 July. The prizewinning entries of the competition in which Lothian schoolchildren were asked to picture the future of Scotland‘s capital city. Edinburgh Room.

Altrusa Club Exhibition Until 3()June. A selection of I’rizewinners from the Endeavour competition. for students from special schools in the Edinburgh area. are on show at the Fine Art Library. Throughout July there will be a selection of prints from the Library‘s own stock on show.

Comics and Cartoons Until 3(lJune. A display of caricatures and cartoons contained in the Library‘s collection of comics and books.

I CITY ART CENTRE 2 Market Street. 225 2424 ext 6650. Mon—Sat 10am-6pm. Licensed cafe. ID].

The Wedding Until 22 July. A display of paintings. sculpture installations. food and flowers exploring the ritual surrounding marriage in British and other cultures. Contact Until 22 July. The results of workshops taken by three local artists at the Grindlay Court Adult Training Centre are exhibited.

I COLERIDGE GALLERY 47b George Street. 220 I305. Mon-Sat mam—5.30pm.

New Work by Siddy Langley Until 1 July. Studio Glass from this internationally exhibited artist who has recently established her own studio. her work draws inspiration from India. South America and Japan and from her scuba diving. Until l5 July there will be the usual wide selection of Studio Glass on show.

I COLLECTIVE GALLERY 166 l Iigh Street. 220 126i). Tue-Sat 12.30-5.3()pm. Member's Group Show 8 J uly-S August. A dozen artists. all members ofthe Gallery.

54 The List 3()June— 13 July 1989