Adrian Wiszniewski The Compass Contribution 21 Years of Contemporary Art 1969—1990, Tramway, Glasgow. The Tramway once again shows itself to be a unique resource; its versatility is magnificently revealed in the startling contrast between the previous David Mach installation and the current painting exhibition. Nicki White and her team are to be congratulated on the heroic effort involved in transforming the space virtually overnight. It will be a great loss if the venue shuts after 1990, as its scale and scope generate a climate of confidence and experiment which should justify its running costs. While not denying the place and importance of the Compass Gallery, gentility and good taste are the hallmarks of this 21-year retrospective. Here, Scottish art’s imperviousness to the changing cultural and economic world around it is almostcomplete. The 50s are


represented by the odd excursion in sculpture, the 60s by minimalism, with more up-to-date contributions from Steven Campbell, Adrian Wiszniewski, and Margaret Mellis, among others.

Picture-making, which predominates, is not antithetical to a critical approach or attitude. Because the business of painterly etiquette (craftsmanship) and a pretty painting take precedence, cliches predominate, as in Douglas Thomson’s and James Cosgrove’s work.

No one here has the courage to take risks, to get in a mess with paint, as do Philip Guston or Baselitz, for example. Despite much genuine talent, this is a world where people imitate themselves early on. The painting department at Glasgow School of Art has a lot to answer for. There are some fine paintings on show, however, and there is much to be enjoyed by the public at large. (Fiona Byrne-Sutton)

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Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-1pm


, PAINTING. SCULPTURE Luff"; PRINTMAKING AND ARCHITECTURE 835:?” 2nd June - 14th July 1990 C CO 18 1 _ - _ .-\(7a(lemy Mon sat ' 10 am 6 Pm

Sun : 2 pm - 5 pm

The Mound Edinburgh

03] - 225 6671

Admission : l£11.20 (Concessions : 50p) Sponsored by Maclay Murray 8e Spens


Stefan Pauson, who was a close friend of many of the artists.


I THE ASH GALLERY 156 Canongate . 556 2160. Tue—Sat 10.30am—6pm; Weds 2—10pm.

Exchanging Influences r»29 Jun. Paintings and drawings by Shona Barr. Lorraine Cotterell. Fiona Robertson and Lorraine Turley. all of whom won British Council Scholarships in 1987.

Parallel Lines Until 3 Jun. An installation and graphic works accompany a book which was co-written by Angus Reid and Polish artist Tomasz Kitlinski.

Also Angus Reid and Greg Corbett will be holding a two-day workshop based on their current work titled: TWO Scraps DI Paper 2 and 3 Jun. Noon—6pm.

Contact the gallery for details.

I BARNES & FITZGERALD 47b George Street. 220 1305. Mon—Sat 10.30am—5.30pm.

Visions From the Sea Bed Until (Man.

I LA BELLE ANGELE Hasties Close. Cowgate (next to 369 Gallery). 225 2774. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm; Sat 11am—4pm. Pictures 81un—l4 Jul. Portraits and nudes by Edinburgh photographer. Trevor Ycrbury.

I BOURNE FINE ART 4 Dundas Street. 557 4050. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat 10am—1pm.

Scottish Painting 1800-1950.

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

A selection of paintings from stock.

I CENTRAL LIBRARY George IV Bridge. 225 5584. Mon—Fri 9am~8pm; Sat 9am—noon.

Scottish Book Printing 1507—1988 Until 21 Jun. 481 years of Scottish printing.

I CITY ART CENTRE 2 Market Street . 225 2424 ext 6650. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Licensed cafe. [D].

The Art 01 L800 14 Jun-14 Jul. Formative and frustrating stuff. but always more fun than Mecano. this could be a unique opportunity to play with the only complete Lego set in the world.

DlnosaursAllve! Until 3 Jun. The dinosaurs are about to die out. lfyou haven‘t yet caught the seven adult and three baby dinos. swishing. roaring and snapping away then get to the Art Centre quick before 3 June when the Ice Age sets in.

I COLLECTIVE GALLERY 166 High Street. 2201260. Wed—Sun 12.30—5.30pm.

New Work by David Mcmillan Iii-24 Jun. This artist is being more than a little secretive about the exact nature of his new work. but he has said something about installations involving canvas and fishing drapes. Figure it out for yourselfor have a word with Mr Mcmillan who will be in the gallery on 13 and 2()June.

I CRAIGMILLAR COMMUNITY CENTYRE 63 Niddrie Mains Terrace. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm.

Photographs by Keith Davidson and Tim Curtis The two local photographers recorded the antics of an Oxford Fringe group and a Craigmillar Fringe group at last year's Edinburgh Festival.

I EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART Lauriston Place.2299311. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm.


4th June - 2nd July

TOMMY SMITH Community Artist for the Gorbals

TOM O'DONNELL Community Artist for Clydebank

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The Italian Centre. John Street. Glasgow Tel: 041 5:32 6099.

Gallery open daily 9am - midnight

Viewing is restricted to restaurant diners during the

hours noon - 2.30pm and 6.30pm - 10pm.

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