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An Exhibition of works on paper by JANE RUTHERFORD CATHERINE FAIRGRIEVE and MARY MORRISON Responses to a coastal landscape b 3 Edinburgh-ybased artists A visual celebration Exhibition runs 8th—30th September
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I NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound. 556 8921. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 2—5pm.
El Greco: Mystery and Illumination Until 24 Sept. Focusing on the series of Fabula paintings. this small exhibition gives us a concentrated comparative analysis of El Greco‘s masterful use ofchiaroscuro and the effects of candlelight. Also a great opportunity to see the wonderful View of Toledo borrowed from New York‘s Metropolitan Museum. The next exhibition will be How Prints are Made on 26 October. until then the permanent exhibition will have to suffice.
I NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George IV Bridge, 226 4531. Mon—Fri 9.3(lam-5pm; Sat 9.3(lam—Ipm; Sun 2pm~5 m.
300 Years 300 Books Until 11 Nov. An exhibition celebrating the tercentenary of the foundation ofthe National Library whose origins go back to the establishment ofthe Advocates‘ Library in 1689. For each year ofthe Library's existence there will be a specific exhibit representinga particularly interesting or curious acquisition of that year. The enormous range includes the poignant last Ietterof Mary Queen of Scots. the Gutenberg Bible. the war diaries of Earl llaig and a 1985 edition of Old King Cole printed in Paisley. officially the smallest book in the world.
I NETHERBOW 43 High Street. 556 9579. Mon—Sat l(lam—4.3(lpm and evenings when performances. Cafe.
The Carrying Stream Until 31 Sept. A photographic record of the work carried out by the Scottish School of Studies. an institution dedicated to preserving Scotland‘s oral history and heritage. in support of its appeal fund. Their collection houses 10.000 prints. a large slide collection and a growing number offilms and videos. but more importantly it isthe invaluable collater of Scotland‘s oral history which the aid of the money raised by the appeal fund they hope to make more accessible to the public.
I OPEN EYE GALLERY 75 Cumberland Street, 557 1020. Mon—Fri 1(lam—6pm.Sat 10am—4pm. Veronica Polyblank Until 21 Sept.
Contemporary jewellery in gold. silver and labradorite.
Hazel Nagl Until 21 Sept. Trained in Glasgow. Nagl paints landscapes and interiors in watercolour.
Elli Pearson Until 21 Sept. Pearson runs her own pottery in Orkney where she produces functional porcelain and stoneware ceramics in soft colours. French Suite 23 Sept-12 Oct. Large. bold. mainly figurative work in oils by Robert Saunders.
Bettina Starke 23 Sept—12 Oct. Ebony inlaid with silver are amongst the bold geometric pieces on display.
Campbell Gordon and Fiona Shelton 23 Sept—12 Oct. Work in glass.
I PORTFOLIO GALLERY AT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 43 Candlemaker Row. 220 191 I . Tue—Sat Ham—5.30pm.
Baby Sittings Until 14 Oct. Inspired by the formal aspect of 19th century portrait photography. Sue Packer has evolved a collection of humorous. large-scale portraits of babies under the age of 18 months.
Reinventing Our Public and Private Lives 30 Sept only. Jo Spence. Rhonda Wilson and Roberta McGrath will look at the diverse meanings of family photographs and suggest new ways ofcreating personal and public images ofthe family and women at work. Phone Portfolio Gallery for details. I PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street. 556 8921 . Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. William Adam Tercentenary Exhibition Until 8 Oct. The leading architect ofearly Georgian Scotland. not to be confused with his even more famous son Robert. has his finest work displayed in the form of scale models and original drawings. Between the Jacobite risings of 1715 and 1745 he designed ambitious buildings for some of Scotland‘s leading lights.
Patrons and Painters Until 8 Oct. The exhibition covers the period from the late 17th century through the period of the Act of Union to the rising of 1745. a time of political turmoil when the patronage of men of power was as important in the arts world as it was in the political sphere. Some of the best known Scottish painters of this period are represented. The
Baby Sittings, Porttolio Gallery, Edinburgh. To the makers of photographic posters the ‘aah! Iactor‘ is well known. Cute toddlers mug tor the camera and young dads with no shirts cradle small babies in their laps. Sue Packer’s exhibition of baby portraits are as different from the popular posters as they are from the bland department store portraits taken tor Nan and Granpa’s mantlepiece. Packer’s pictures carry on a photographic tradition of women taking baby pictures that goes back to Victorian days when long exposure times meant that the baby might be drugged to keep it still. Herwitty
studies avoid the twee-ness that's so tamiliar in the media’s depiction at young children.
A tiny mite peeps out Irom what looks like a clothespeg basket; one inlanta in christening robes sits imperiously, looking lor all the world like a miniature version at Queen Victoria. One little boy (one assumes it’s a boy but there’s no way at telling Irom the picture) stands beside a pair at adult’s wellie boots that are almost as big as he is.
But the pictures are disarming. They pull you up short and lorce you to look at yousell dilterently. When you look at the children in these images you see yoursell. The image at the little boy sitting up in a cot, legs dangling through the bars, with the most wisttul expression on his lace has tremendous power. It lorces introspection in the viewer, making us think again about what it means to be a child.
There is nevertheless a somewhat eerie quality about these inscrutable tiny buddhas (all are aged between three months and one year). The photographs will delight many, but confirmed babyphobes may tind the exhibition a bit dilticult to take. (Kennedy Wilson)
54 The List 15 — 28 September 1989