paintings by his Mexican counterpart (Saldarriaga).

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

10am— 1 pm.

Christmas Exhibition 1—23 Dec. Over 300 paintings. watercolours and drawings by Sam Bough. Cadell. Crawhall. W.M. Frazer and Leslie Hunter will be on show. I CENTRAL LIBRARY George IV Bridge. 225 5584. Mon—Fri 9am—8.30pm; Sat 9am—1pm.

Embroidered Pictures Until 1 Dec. Work by Margaret Nelson in the Fine Art Library. I CITY ART CENTRE 2 Market Street. 225 2424 ext 6650. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. Licensed cafe.

Milestone Art 1—16Dec. Scottish artists have been invited ti donate a work tothis exhibition and arou id seventy have responded so far inc uding Elizabeth Blackadder. Jean Re lfern. Eduardo Poalozzi and Ian Hug tes. The artwork will be auctioned at th : Gallery on 16 December at 5pm by ( hristies. The proceeds are to go to Milestone House. an AIDS hospice due to open in Edinburgh. Buying Futures 25 Nov—6 Jan. A selection of contemporary Scottish craftwork that has been organised in conjunction with the Scottish Craft Centre.

Sue-Jane Taylor Until 2 Dec. Scotland's offshore oil industry. as depicted in the paintings. etchings. photographs and journals ofS.J. Taylor. The exhibition shows the results ofa commission from the Stirling Shipping Company to record their role in the oil industry.

I CITY CAFE 19 Blair Street. 2200125. Mon—Sat noon—lam; Sun noon—2.30pm & 6.30—1 1pm.

Gavin Evans Permanent collection of twenty photographs commissioned from professional photographer. Gavin Evans. based on the theme of Edinburgh people. I CDLERIDGE GALLERY 47b George Street. 220 1305. Mon—Sat mam—5.30pm. Contemporary British artwork in glass. I COLLECTIVE GALLERY 166 High Street. 2201260.Tue—Sat l2.30—5.30pm. Blue Moonshine Until 25 Nov. Small sculptures by Gill Curran. Christmas Exhibition 28 Nov— 1 6 Dec. This being the season of Christmas exhibitions for all galleries the Collective will have members‘ work on show for the beginning ofthe festive period. I EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART Lauriston Place. 229 9311. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Colin Lawson 2—15 Dec. Paintings and drawings influenced by an urban landscape from this former student. Nigel Mclsaac Until 29 Nov. A retrospective exhibition of paintings by Mclsaac a former student. schoolteacher and ‘unfailing supporter ofthe College.‘ in the Andrew Grant Gallery. John McLean Until 12 Dec. Abstract paintings from the painter who was Artist-in-Residence at Edinburgh University in 1985. I ENGLISH SPEAKING UNION 23 Atholl Crescent, 229 1528. Mon—Sat 10am—4.30pm. Christmas Watercolour Exhibition 5—16 Dec. Two dozen watercolours grace the Gallery for two weeks before Christmas. I FILMHOUSE Lothian Road. 228 2688. Mon—Sat noon—l 1pm; Sun 6.30—1 1pm. Inside the Fort 26 Nov—15 Dec. Anotherin the Travelling Stills series. which aims to take photographic exhibitions to unusual venues. This one features the good people of Fort William. The pictures were taken by Tommy Sutherland and Malcolom Macphee. from the Loehaber Centre. as part of a project to enhance the social skills of people with learning difficulties. I FINE ART SOCIETY 12 Great King Street . 556 0305. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5.30pm. Sat 10am—lpm. William Simson RSA1800—1847 Until 25 Nov. Scottish landscapes in avery traditional style from this little recognised Dundonian who ‘could have been a major Scottish painter had fate not conspired

against him‘— unlucky. Afterthis exhibition the Fine Art Society will move to new premises at 137 George Street. where the first exhibition will be Leonard Rosoman: A War Retrospective l l Dec—l3 Jan. Which is a collection of paintings by the fireman and later sailor. Rosoman. besides which a couple of works by Degas and Raeburn are being sent upfrom London.

I FLYING COLOURS GALLERY 35 William Street. 225 6776. Tue—Fri 11am-6pm. Sat 10am—1pm.

Christmas in the Tropics 29 Nov—l4 Dec. Watercolours of seascapes and tropical birds and fish by Sally Oyler. a Scottish artist. who forced herself to visit the Seychelles and the Caribbean.

I FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366. Mon—Fri


ON the Shelves 27 Nov~20 Dec. Some of the rarer volumes amongst the thirty thousand books collected by the lnstitue since 1946.

I THE FRUITMARKET GALLERY Market Street. 225 2383. Mon—Sat l()am—5.30pm Sun l—5.30pm. Alchimia 2 Dec—14 Jan. The Milan-based design group reputedly at the forefront of international design present a comprehensive selection of their work over the last ten years in an installation specifically designed for the Fruitmarket. Willi Baumeister1889-1955 2 Dec—14 Jan. An exhibition of works on paper by the one-time Professor of Frankfurt School of Art. whose experimental paintings reflect his scientific research into colour.

I GALERIE MIRAGES Raeburn Place. 315 2603. Tue—Sat 10.30am-4.30pm. Sun 2—4.30pm. closed Mondays. Christmas Exhibition Until 4 Jan. Wall hangings. brooches and carved animals will be amongst the jewellery and embroidery from the East on display. I GALLERY OF MODERN ART Belford Road. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. [D] 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.

The permanent exhibition rules the roost until English Art 1920-1960: Paintings From the Elizabeth Watt Bequest begins on 9 Dec. I GRAEME MURRAY GALLERY 15 Scotland Street. 556 6020. Tue—Fri 10am—5pm. Sat 10am—lpm.

Roger Ackling: New Works Until 28 Nov. In this new series of works the artist burns shapes and forms into found objects by using the power of the sun and a magnifying glass.

Kate Whiteiord 1 Dec—30Jan. One of Scotland's most talen.ed female artists now living and working in London exhibits some of her recently completed gesso panels.

I HANOVER FINE ART 22a Dundas Street. 5562181. Mon—Fri 10am—5.30pm; Sat 10am—4pm (Sun 17 Dec1—5pm).

Pat Beveridge and Kathleen Convoy Until 25 Nov. Fife landscapes in watercolours from the former and landscapes in acrylic from the latter.

Small Paintings tor Christmas 2—3() Dec. Over one hundred and fifty works by around fifty artists. Including oil paintings. watercolours. sculptures. jewellery and woodfired stoneware by Andrew Richards.

I HILLSIDE GALLERY Hillside St. 5566440. Tue—Sat 10.30am—6pm.

Young Scottish Illustrators Until 27 Nov. The illustrators are Douglas Watson recently returned from New York. John McNaught. whose silkscreens depict the story of the Tay Whale. Alan McGowan. Deryk Thomas. Gaynor Sheperd. Clare Mackie. Alastair Hall and lngebjorg Smith.

Clare Mackie: A Touch oi Humour 28 Nov-23 Dec. More than a touch of humouris apparent in these hugely entertaining illustrations by a young artist whose work has featured on the cover of this very magazine. See feature.

I ITALIAN INSTITUTE 82 Nicolson Street. 668 2232. Mon 2—5pm. Tue 9am—5pm. Wed 2-7pm. Thurs 9am—5pm, Fri 9am-2pm.

The Intricacies oi Nature Until 30 Nov. Watercolours and drawings of the Tuscan environment by Michael Zyw. a Scottish artist living in the region.

The Gallery have also helped to organise the Alchimia exhibition at the Fruitmarket.

I KINGFISHER GALLERY Northumberland Street Lane. 557 5454. Mon—Sat 10am—4.30pm.

Lidia Kamber Until 25 Nov. Paintings with an ethereal quality to them from this young Yugoslavian artist.

Art and the Female Form 30 Nov— 1 3 Dee. Sculpture and paintings.

I MALCOLM INNES GALLERY 67 George Street. 226 4151. Mon-Fri 9.30am—6pm: Sat l0am—lpm.

Where East Meets West Until 25 Nov. Ex-Admiral Sir Roderick MacDonald and John Forgan exhibit their landscapes and seascapes in oils and watercolours. The title refers to the relative positions ofthe artists' homes in Scotland.

I MORAY HOUSE COLLEGE (‘hessel Gallery. High Street. Mon—fri 10am—5pm. Drawings by Pierre Bonnard and Eduard Villard Until 29 Nov. There are ten drawings by Bonnard and eight by Vuillard in this exhibition that the Gallery believes to be the first by these artiststo appear in Scotland. Included in it are works from the famous Alfred Ayrton collection.

I NAPIER POLYTECHNIC Craiglockhart Campus. 219 Colinton Road. 444 2266. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Buses 4. 27. 45.

Bailey NOW Until 28 Nov. Over one hundred black and white images from one ofthe most celebrated names in photography. The collection contrasts his early snaps of the glitzy pop world ofthe Sixties with the compassionate images Bailey recorded in the Sudan and Ethiopia and of the Boat people. The exhibition has been organised in conjunction with The Creative Forum.

I NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm: Sun 2—5pm.

Natalia Abalakova and Anatoly Zhigalov, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow. From post-Stalinist to perestroika, Works 1961—89 by Natalia Abalakova and Anatoly Zhigalov enclose a period oi history automatically deiined by the relationship to the state which they choose to reject. in as much as this is/was possible tor the artist as ‘incidental person'. Visits irom the KGB, an eniorced stay in a psychiatric hospital and expulsion irom oiiicial art organisations have illustrated that what is political and what is autonomous is entirely context bound. This perception is pertinent to the viewer encountering works from large canvases to documentation at pertormance, produced in conditions which are oppressive irrespective oi the medium in which the ideas communicate. The pluralistic practice employed by both artists is both a strategy and an intellectual commitment to the idea at the artist as constantly referring to history, without losing the possibility ot subjective and spiritual agency.

The obvious spirit at resistance within the works is recuperated by the chaotic atmosphere within the gallery which, combined with the poor display, makes empathic consideration at cultural diiierence ditiicult. The works, irom mail art projects to constructivist iniluenced graphic works, are never neutral. TOTART- ‘Explorations into


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geometrical order. Abalakova uses collage to comment on the power oi abstract concepts, like Russia, whilst simultaneously depicting the disruption this abstraction makes in the tlow/order of things through restraint and fragmentation.

The presentation of th - "ark as part of the pro-Culture City packaging of Eastern Europe, should be overcome with healthy cynicism and the acknowledgement of the means by which the work oi the artists was produced and presented within their own culture, both in the language oi sell-determination and collective eiiort. (Lorna Waite)

58 The List 24 November 7 December 1989