454 AT HE 164th

Sculpture by Gordon Munro

164th Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. It’s hard to know what to make at an exhibition like this. Over 400 diverse works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, ceramics, architectural models and so on) made by artists with olten diametrically opposed aims have been selected irom open submission and placed into the eight rooms ol the RSA with hardly enough breathing space to allow tor clear responses to any individual piece. The consensus oi opinion is that this year’s show is ‘better’ than other recent ones; but it's hard to point the linger at any particular groups at work, or artists, to demonstrate why this should be so.

Undoubtedly a major coup is in the

inclusion at six bronzes and tour drawings by William Turnbull, who was invited to take part. As you go up the stairs into the galleries his work greets you, iorms abstracted lrom the organic, each one simple, with angles and curves positioned so precisely that it's impossible to imagine how they could have been otherwise. His work has a contidence and a restraint that is not often seen elsewhere in the exhibition. Glen Onwin has two pieces which are probably the nearest in sensibility, though quite dillerent in look: black and white tile-like squares painted in encaustic. Jack Knox has one oi his rich and unromantic ladscapes— Burning the Heather— and a couple at seascapes, and Elizabeth Blackadder has a pleasing and delicate still-lite. 01 the artists who are less known, recent Edinburgh college graduate Su Trembath show a large mature and assured abstract canvas with the intriguing title Your Thoughts Be All Beaded On One String, Mrs. Other than this, there is plenty at

work in the established genres- cityscapes which could have been produced at any time overthe last century, ditto landscapes; portrait painting seems to be in crisis, and ligurative sculpture in a time-warp. Unlortunately a number ol good (Scottish) artists are all too conspicuous by their absence. (Hilary Robinson)


Contemporary Glasgow Ceramics Until 30 Jun. Recent work for the Dalhousic Lane Potters.

Contemporary Christian Art 2 J ul— 10 Aug. I NEW GLASGOW SOCIETY 1307 Argyle Street. 334 0202. Wed l—9pm;Thurs—Sat 1—5pm.

Glasgow Cast Iron Until 30Jun. Castings by leading Victorian architects as well as paintings and drawings by Alistair Fyfe. I 908 GALLERY 12 ()tago Street. Kelvinbridge, 339 3158. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.

Jazz in June Until 4 Jul. Repeat of the 1989 exhibition to coincide with the Glasgow Jazz Festival. Everything to do with jazz immortalised in art.

Lyrics in Line 7Ju1—l Aug. Artists were invited to respond to ‘the lyrical flow and line of light. airy expression‘. Sounds ethereal.

I ONE Princes Square. 226 3032. Mon—Sat 10am—7pm; Sun 11.30am—5pm.

Heather Nevay Until 30Jun. An exhibition of contemporary portraits by this Scottish artist.

No further exhibitions are planned.

I OPEN CIRCLE GALLERY 1 lillhead Library. 348 Byres Road. 339 7223. Mon—Fri 9.30am—8pm; Sat 9.30am— 1pm. 2-5pm. Closed Wed.

Robert Burns: Paintings 29 J un—29J til.

I PEARCE INSTITUTE 840 Govan Road. 445 1941. Mon—Sat 12—9pm.

Daniel Reeves:The Well ol Patience 29 Jun. American artist Daniel Reeves won an Emmy for ‘Smothering Dreams‘. a short film based on his experiences in the Vietnam war. This latest project is a large. circular screen mounted on a carousel, which overwhelms the viewer with images gathered by Reeves during his travels through Asia. Africa. America. Europe and Scotland. The three 91min tapes explore the transience of both natural and man-made worlds

I PRINCES SQUARE 221 0324. Mon—Sat mam—midnight; Sun 11am—5pm.

MUSIC DOCK Until 8 Jul. An exhibition of

banners paying a light-hearted tribute to popular music from the 1920s to the present day. The banners were made by members of the Aberdeen (.‘yrenian Community workshop under the supervision of professional artists. Glasgow institute oi Architects Award 1— 1 5 Jul. The winning entries.

I PROVAND'S LORDSHIP (‘astle Street. 5540223. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm18un 2—5pm.

Partick Until 30 Jun. Another area of Glasgow gets the photographic scrutiny at Provands.

Pollokshaws Throughout Jul. Next in line in the photographic series.

I THE SHELTER GALLERY Renfrew Court, 339 2884. llam—I 1pm.

Group ‘81: Paintings 29 Jun—28Ju1.

I SPRINGDURN MUSEUM Ayr Street. 557 1405. Mon—Fri 10.30am—5pm. Sat 10am—4.30pm. Sun 2—5pm.

The Past is a Foreign Country: Paintings by James Logan Until 9 Jul. Logan was made redundant at 21 from his job with ship builders where his work as a marker-off involved full-scale engineering drawing. He now works for the museum on various community arts projects. but this isthe first ‘solo' exhibition of his work.

Child’s Play?: Growing up in Springbum 1940—1990 Until 23 Sept. Researched and to some extent dictated by local 8— 1 2 year olds. the exhibition traces the changes in a child's life over the last 50 years in Springbum through painting. photography, poetry. sculpture and drawings.

I STIRLING'S LIBRARY Royal Exchange Square. 331 2668. Mon. Tue 10am—5pm. Thurs ill—8pm. Fri & Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

Glasgow City at Architecture Until 31 Oct. Models. artefacts. trail-maps and videos trace the city‘s architectural riches.

I STREET LEVEL 279—281 High Street. 552 2151. Wed—Sat l 1am—6pm; Sun 2—4pm. “White Peak, Dark Peak' Until 15 Jul. Photographer Paul Hill provides a new angle on the Peak District.

Peter Bennett: Surlace Nature Until 15 Jul. The first of three exhibitions commissioned by Street Level with the aim of encouraging young. local photographers. Bennett‘s two concerns are the way in which photographs depict space and the way that nature is represented in photography. The effect is to confuse the viewer's sense of perspective.

I THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street, 332 7521 . Tue—Sat 10am—5.30pm; Sun 2—5.30pm.

Willie Ooherty: Unknown Depths Photoworks 1980-1989 30 Jun—29 Jul. Derry artist Doherty uses large photographs superimposed with text to explore the feelings of fear, alienation and repression which have invaded the lives of people in his community. The central issue is that of marginalised culture being dominated by centralised power.

Living in the Gorbals 301 un—29 Jul. Asthe prospect of Gorbals refurbishment comes round for the seventh time this exhibition looks at the previous changes and at the greater part local people are now able to play in decision-making. The aim is to invite discussion and participation and on 21 Jul. from 10am—4pm. there will be a conference on the problems and possibilities of the rebuilding.

SLAM Posters 30 Jun—29 Jul. Prepare to see the foyer walls bedecked with posters for trendy nightclub. SLAM.

Graham Crimmins: Jewellery and Wall P18C886Ju1—1 Aug.

I TRAMWAY Albert Drive. 423 9527. Daily lilam—10pm.

No exhibition until 12Jul.


552 4813. Mon—Sat noon—6pm. PeterThomson Until 7 Jul. Paintings and drawings with a satirical flavour from a Glasgow-based artist.

I WASPS 26 King Street, 552 0564. Mon—Fri 9am—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.

Works on Paper: WASPS Aberdeen artists 29 Jun—25 Jul. Some of them may have gone on to find fame and fortune elsewhere, but these sculptors. photographers and graphic artists all remember their roots. I WILLIAM HARDIE LTD 141 West Regent Street, 221 6780. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm. Masters ol German Expressionism Until 31) Jun. Watercolours. woodcuts. etchings and oils by some of the leading lightsof German Expressionism.

Summer Exhibition Throughout Jul. Paintings from stock.


I THE ASH GALLERY 156 (‘anongate. 556 2160. Tue—Sat 10.30am—6pin; Weds 2—10pm.

Exchanging Inlluences Until 29 Jun. Paintings and drawings by Shona Barr. Lorraine Cotterell. Fiona Robertson and Lorraine Turley. all ofwhom won British Council Scholarships in 1987.

Danny McFie: New Paintings (H7 Jul. Simple, evocative and thoughtful. MeFie explores the image of mother and child as metaphor.

I BARNES G FITZGERALD 471) George Street, 220 1305. Mon—Sat 10.30am—5.30pm.

Slddy Langley: Recent Work Until 7Jiil. Colourful glass works.

I LA BELLE ANGELE I lasties ('lose. Cowgate (next to 369 Gallery). 225 2774. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm; Sat 11am—4pm. Pictures Until 14 Jul. Portraits and nudes by Edinburgh photographer. Trevor Yerbury.

The Environmental Mural Until 31 Oct. Emphasizing the beauty of Edinburgh and its surrounding countryside. the mural illustrates the problems we may face if


compass gallery

17s west regent st. glasgow g: “‘1 scotland. (Lil-2.216370

NEW GENERATION ARTISTS 1990 Graduates from the four

Scottish Art Schools. JUIy 3 FROMSJOPM - Mon Sat 10am - 5.30pm

smported by Glasgow District Council


next to Maryhill Burgh Hall 24 Gairbraid Avenue, Glasgow 041 946 5912/5032


An exhibition by Kim Redpath and Carol Taylor Paintings, Woodcarvings, Wood Engravings and Painted Collages. UNTIL 19 JULY

Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm; Sat 10am-4pm


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