ART & EXHIBITIONS
Wols, Gallery at Modern Art, Edinburgh.
Little has been known oi Wols (Alired Otto Woligang Schultz) in this country until the tour at this exhibition. It is basically the same exhibition as was seen at Transmissions earlier in the year, only with a large added section oi oil paintings. The work is laid out according to medium, and thus, while the viewer can appreciate the huge diversity oi production, we do not have to make the leaps irom looking at photographs, to watercolours, to oils, to etchings, which can be distracting. Instead, each group is presented as a coherent whole.
Wols is bound to be a revelation to many. lie started work as a photographer, and was iniluenced by the surrealists in his choice oi objects and construction oi composition. With the exception oi a couple oi still lites, or examinations at the suriaces oi wet roads or torn billboards which are quite iormalist in eiiect, the element oi the bizarre or sinister is strong. This is
I most obvious in the images that take as their starting point the dismembered body oi a skinned rabbit. Elsewhere, 1 pieces oi garlic lying on a sheet oi metal with holes in iorms a lace, or a comic advertising character is seen in juxtaposition with a grieving angel on a gravestone.
The little etchings and watercolours are intriguing, hairy scribbly marks
that either never quite torm into, or obliterate, iigures, boats, animals. For all their delicacy and small size, some oi these works allude to grand themes oi creation, beginnings oi lite, and chaos. Wols’ tackling oi oil paint came relatively late in his short liie (he died oi iood poisoning when he was only 38). The results are not as convincing as the prints and drawings— what are often seen as ‘lesser' media, but which suited Wols’s purpose well. Given his huge output and capacity to exploit many media, had he lived longer it’s sure that he would have been placed iirmly in the cannon at German expressionist painters. As it is, we have these tine works which are not overshadowed by such a claim. (Hilary Robinson)
Contemporary British glass. including studio prototypes. one-offs and ‘fine pieces looking for good homes‘. I LA BELLE ANGELE Hasties Close. Cowgate (next to 369 Gallery). 225 2774. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm; Sat 11am—4pm. Pictures Until 15 Jul. Portraits and nudes by Edinburgh photographer. Trevor Yerbury. Summer Show 23 Jul—11 Aug. Mixed show of work by local artists. The Environmental Mural Until 31 Oct. Emphasizing the beauty of Edinburgh and its surrounding countryside . the mural illustrates the problems we may face if environmental damage is not halted. I BLUE MOON CAFE 60 Broughton Street. 5562788. Mon—Sat 12—7pm. Mike Jones: Recent Work 13—31 Jul. I BOURNE FINE ART 4 Dundas Street. 557 4050. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat 10am—1pm. Ramsay to McTaggart: 150 years oi Scottish Painting Throughout July. I CALTON GALLERY 10 Royal Terrace. 556 1010. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm; Sat 10am—1pm. Scottish Paintings and Watercolours 1800-1940 Until 6Aug. I CENTRAL LIBRARY George 1V Bridge. 225 5584. Mon—Fri 9am—8pm; Sat 9am—noon. Water oi Lelth irom the Pentlands to the Sea Until 3 Aug. A selection of paintings and drawings by various artists. I CITY ART CENTRE 2 Market Street. 225 2424 ext 6650. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Licensed cafe. [D]. The Art oi Lego Until 14 Jul. Formative and frustrating stuff. but always more fun than ~Meccano, this could be a unique opportunity to play with the only complete Lch set in the world. Stlll Lives: Drawings and Photographs on the theme oi Beauty and Advertising Until 21 Jul. Artist-in-Residence Wendy McMurdo tries to discover a link between
women and that mysterious race ofleggy
lovelies who dominate our TVs. only to evaporate in real life. Also shown are some of the works produced by the Lothian school children who attended her workshops at the City Art Centre. Canadian Folk Art irom Nova Scotia Until 28 Jul. Unsophisticated. brightly coloured handiwork using wood. fabric and metal. I COLLECTIVE GALLERY 166 High Street. 2201260. Mon—Sun 12.30—5.30pm.
Clare Wardman: Abstract Paintings Until 21 Jul. The artist will be in the gallery to discuss her work on Mon. Tue. Thurs and Sat.
I EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART Lauriston Place. 229 931 l. Mon—Thurs 10am—8.30pm; Fri—Sun 10am—5pm. Sculpture is on display in the Andrew Grant Gallery. I EDINBURGH PRINTMAKERS WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 2479. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm.
Prints irom the Workshop Until 6 Aug.
I EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY LIBRARY George Square. 667 1011 ext 661 1. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm. A Little Festival oi Gardens Throughout Jul and Aug. Three exhibitions for the green-fingered: Gertrude Jekyll: A Vision oi Garden and Wood. Historic Gardens in Scotland and 'A Careless-Ordered Garden’. a collection of books from the library‘s annals.
I FILMHOUSE Lothian Road. 228 2688. Mon—Sat noon—1 1pm; Sun 6.30—11pm. Cuban Screen Prints Until 31 Aug.
I FINE ART SOCIETY 137 George Street. 220 6370. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5.30pm. Sat 10am—1pm.
No exhibitions until Edinburgh Festival Exhibition 1990 4 Aug.
I FLYING COLOURS GALLERY 35 William Street. 225 6776. Tue—Fri 11am—6pm. Sat 10am—1pm.
Summer Exhibition Until 25 Jul. Works on paper by twelve artists including Jeff Nolan. Alastair Fiddes Watt. James Fraser and Ann Russell.
I THE FRUITMARKET GALLERY Market Street. 225 2383. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm Sun 1—5.30pm.
Open Exhibition 1990 Until 29 Jul. Forthe third time. the Fruitmarket flings its doors open to Scotland's artists. amateur and professional.
Open Studios Programme Until 29Jul. Fifteen studios across Scotland will participate in this new venture. opening their paint-splashed doors to those who want to see art in the making. Contact the Fruitmarket for details of venues and opening times.
I GALERIE MIRAGES Raeburn Place. 315 2603. Tue—Fri 10.30am—4.30pm. Sat 10am—5pm. Closed Mondays.
The gallery will be closed until 17Jul.
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.
Foreign Artists and Scotland: Kokoschka Until 2 Sept. The first in a series. Kokoschka first visited Scotland in 1929. and returned many times. producing drawings and paintings of fish and game. wild flowers and vegetation.
Wols Until 2 Sept. The inspiration ofa generation of abstract artists in Europe. Wols trained in Germany asa photographer and moved to Paris in the 1930s. Interned as an ‘enemy alien' he took up drawing and watercolour and was inﬂuenced first by the Surrealists and later by Klee.
Free Abstraction Until 2 Sept. An exhibition ofdrawings and watercolours by the main figures of German free
abstraction. organized by the Goethe-lnstitut. London.
Works from the gallery's stock are also always on displa .
I GRAEME MURRAY GALLERY 15 Scotland Street. 556 6020. Tue—Fri 10am—5pm. Sat lOam—lpm.
No exhibition at present.
I HANOVER FINE ART 22a Dundas Street. 5562181. Mon—Fri 10am—5.30pm; Sat 10am—4pm.
Joyce Peterson: Landscapes ln Gouache 14—28 Jul.
Roberta Merrilees and Una Strachan: Landscapes and Still Lite ln Acrylic and Watercolour l4—28Jul.
I HILLSIDE GALLERY Hillside Street. 556 6440.Tue—_Sat 12.30—6pm.
Process oi Illumination Until 14Jul. Illustrations by Alan McGowan. whose work is concerned with the historical development ofscience.
lncedents and lmaginlngs 17 J ul—10 Aug. Lively and colourful illustrations in acrylic from professional illustrator. Ruth Rivers. I KINGFISHER GALLERY Northumberland Street Lane. 557 5454. Mon—Fri 10am—4.30pm. Sat 10am—lpm.
Joseph Currie: Enamel Wall Panels Until 21 Jul.
em Wright: Kintyre Seascapes 27 Until 21 Jul.
Plus the permanent collection of Russian and French paintings. icons and sculpture. I MALCOLM lNNES GALLERY 67 George Street. 226 4151. Mon—Fri 9.30am—6pm; Sat lOam—lpm.
No exhibition until Aug, but paintings from the gallery‘s permanent collection are on display.
HUNTERIAN ART GALLERY
University of Glasgow
C.R. MA CKINTOSH: ARCHITECTURAL DRA WINGS 7 July - 28 October 1990 Sponsored by Crouch a Hogg
C. R. MA CKINTOSH: A GENIUS FOR DESIGN 7 July - 30 September 1990
CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH: THE ARCHITECTURAL PAPERS Published in association with White Cockade Publishing, Wendlebury Sponsored by SBT Keppie Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, 612 800 Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5pm; Sun 2pm - 5pm. Admission Free Tel :041 330 5431
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University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge. Tel: 031 6671011 ext4308
23 June - 28 July LANDSCAPES FROM A HIGH ALTITUDE Art from Iceland
Tues—Sat 10am—5 pm Admission Free
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