ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
Summertime reading . . .
THE MAGIC FLUTE
A novel by Alan Spence £12.05 hl)k Available May I 990
Diaries and Letters from India 1895—1900 Edited by
Carol Anderson £16.95 hhk
THE CORN KING AND THE SPRING QUEEN
(Introduction by the author) By Naomi Mitchison £6.95 pbk
DANCE OF THE APPRENTICES (Introduction by James Campbell) By Edward Gaitens £4.95 pbk
LINMILL STORIES (Introduction by Armand)
By Robert McLellan £5.91") phk
THE LIFE OF ROBERT BURNS
(Introduction by T0111 (Irawf‘ord) By Catherine Carswell £5.05 phk
I 7‘]e1‘f‘rey- Street Edinburgh EH1 IDR
«L . . 759"? I John Bellany, Compass Gallery, Glasgow. This exhibition provides a stark contrast with Sandy Moitat’s. Whereas Moiiat has made a break with the work ior which he is best known, and is looking at current world politics with an eye to the iuture, Bellany’s show marks a return to earlier nostalgic, romantic interests and imagery atter the series oi sell-portraits done in hospital. There be portrayed himseli through his recovery trom illness and extensive surgery, some oi the seli-portraits (Bellany, eyes closed, semi-visible through oxygen masks and tubes) evidently done retrospectively, others directly contemporary. It was a bleak, introspective exhibition.
This one has much the same teel to it. There are sell-portraits here too; and
those laces that are not his own are nevertheless all cast in the same mould as his self-image: thin lips, pointy chins, almond eyes with the pupils rolling upwards. It's such intensely egotistical art that one wonders about his relationships with his subjects— his wile; Miss H. Batterbury; the anonymous people in Red Herring and Tristesse - and why he projects his own ieatures onto them. This is increased in the couple oi images where he presents himseli as another John -the Baptist (in one case beheaded and smiling) with his wife as Salome. The more I describe them, the more unsavoury they leei; yet looking at the work itseli, this aspect is
. tempered by the rich, pure colours and
assured handling oi the chosen medium otwatercolour-a lusciousness that works directly against the rather dour-looking individuals. Some oi the paintings reier to ancestors, and parents; relerences to a misty Celtic symbolism merge with more poweriul reminiscences oi Port Seton, wild-looking iish and sea-beasts. This can be seen as either recidivist or as iorging a cultural identity. Beilany always has at least one eye on the past, and it is hard to know how his work (apart irom technically) might advance the cultural identity at a younger generation oi Scottish artists. A compelling collection, they are at the same time both depressing and alienating. (Hilary Robinson)
Display of Scottish contemporary craftwork. I THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street. 225 5955. Mon-Fri 10am—6pm; Sat lOam—lpm. Edinburgh Salutes Glasgow Until 19 May. A large group show featuring printmakers. painters and craft-workers who have been invited over to celebrate Glasgow's year as you know what. Ann Dram. RSW: Paintings olAndalucia 1—26 Jun. Paintings from the Costa de la Luz (the Coast of Light) by this Edinburgh-trained artist. I SOLSTICE GALLERY 18a Dundas Street. 557 5227. Mon—Fri 11am—5pm. Sat 10am—1pm. Selection from works in stock. including McTaggart. Gillies and Armour. I STEP GALLERY 39 Howe Street. 556 1613. Mon—Fri 11am—5.30pm: Sat 11am—4pm; Sun noon—3pm. Mixed show ofwork from the gallery's stock until the end ofMay. I STILLS GALLERY 105 Iligh Street. 557 1140. Tue—Sat Ham—5.30pm. TransAtlantic Dialogues Until 1 Jun. The work of three British and three black American photographers. is brought together by Kellie Jones of the Jamaica Arts Center. The photographs from the States feature Brooklyn Street Portraits which records street life in the New York borough, Rainbow OI Culture which focuses on Latin-American culture in New York and Puerto Rica and Black Cowboy Series showing the oft-ignored world of the black rodeo circuit. 2256671. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. There will be no specific exhibitions during May, though the building will remain open. The next exhibition will be the RSA Annual. I SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 140 Canongate, 556 8136. Mon—Sat 10am—5 .30pm.
I TALBOT RICE ART GALLERY Old College.
University of Edinburgh. South Bridge, 667 1011. Tue-Sat 10am—5pm.
Field Until 9 Jun. A mixed show ofwork by Matthew Inglis. Gordon Brennan and Ian Kane.
I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place, 226 5425. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm and late during performances.
Craigmiller Pictures Until 30 May. Illustrations oflife in this part of Edinburgh by local artist Bert Torrance. I 369 GALLERY 233 Cowgate, 225 3013. Mon—Sat 10.30am—5.30pm.
Painting the Forth Bridge Until 23 Jun. The perpetual paint job. given a new angle by the gallery who invited seventeen Scottish artists to provide a portrait of the century old rail bridge.
New Scottish Colourists Until 23 Jun. Four artists. three of whom. Andrew Williams. Fionna Carlislc and Caroline McNairn. studied at Edinburgh in the mid 70s and were influenced by the Colourists. and the fourth. Hock-Aun Tch. Combines his abstract expressionism with oriental calligraphy.
The gallery will host a four-day oil painting workshop 25—29 June (Contact gallery for details).
I TORRANCE GALLERY 29b Dundas Street. 556 6366. Mon—Fri 11am—6pm: Sat 10.30am—4pm.
Josephine Graham: Drawings and Paintings 22 May—2 Jun.
I WASPS Studio/Gallery. Patriot Hall. Henderson Row,Stockbridge.2251289. Artists' studio and workshop space.
OUTSIDE THE CITIES
A selection at exhibitions outside Glasgow and Edinburgh.
I SMITH ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM 40 Albert Place, Dumbarton Road. ()786 71917. Tue—Sat 10.30am—5pm.
For a Wee Country Until 20 May. Scotland's changing taste in architecture is examined in this exhibition organised by the Royal Incorporation of Architects.
I CRAWFORD ARTS CENTRE 93 North Street, ()334 74610. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.
Joehari Lee: ilair ol the Dog Until ltllun. Photographs ofour canine friends. Also on show are drawings by Michael Esson and sculptures by (iraham Muir.
A selective round-up oi Museums listed iirsl by city. then by venue. running in alphabetical order.
I DURRELL COLLECTION I’ollokshaws Road. 649 7151. Mon—Sat ltlant—Spm; Sun 2—5pm. Cafe. [D]
Besides the wealth of treasure collected by Edwardian tycoon William Burrell the Burrell currently has I’issarros indoors and Henry Moorcs outdoors. see listings on previous page.
I DOME OF DISCOVERY South Rotunda. Govan Road,4171792.£2(£1).'1‘ue-Sun 10am—5.30pm. Science and technology interactive exhibition. which includes 3D images, a vertical roundabout and an air
I GLASGOW'S GLASGOW The Arches. Midland Street. Mon—Sat 9.30am—8pm. £4 (£2.50) family ticket £1 1 .50. The 1000-year history of the city is explored through video, theatrical performances and a wide range ofexhibits.
I HUNTERIAN MUSEUM (ilasgow University, University Avenue. 339 8855. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm: Sat 9.30am— 1 pm. Giants, Gems and Jewels Until 2 Sept. A dazzling display ofcrystal-related sculptures from the Fondation Mecenat Science et Art in Strasbourg. accompanied by specially commissioned ambient music. I THE MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT Kelvin Ilall. l Bunhousc Road. 427 2725. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.
The Jessop Collection: Images at Steam Until 24 Sept. The beauty oftrains captured in oils by David Weston and Colin Garratt.
I PEOPLE'S PALACE MUSEUM Glasgow Green. 5540223. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Cafe. Disabled access by arrangement.
Everything and anything connected with the social history of Glasgow
I SPRINGBURN MUSEUM Ayr Street (adjacent to Springbum Railway Station). 5571405. Mon—Fri 10.30am—5pm; Sat 10am—4pm: Sun 2—5pm.
Work: Springbum Experience 1840—1988 Until further notice.
I CANONGATE TOLBOOTH Royal Mile. 225 2424. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.
The People‘s Story The Museum has been established to relate the story ofthc people of Edinburgh. told in theirown words and through photographs and re-crcated tableaux.
I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.
Dinosaurs Past and Present Until 27 May. A touring exhibition from Los Angelcs which aims to put the age of the dinosaurs into a more accurate perspective.
I SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM Ingliston. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Agriculture still plays an important role in Scotland‘s culture and this museum looks at the old trades and skills ofthc countryside.
The Sword and the Plough A special exhibition exploring the changes brought by two World Wars and their effect on the communities and the landscape.
72The List 18—31 May1990