I CALTON GALLERY 10 Royal Terrace, 556 1010. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am—1pm.
Scots Aweighl: Scottish Marine and Coastal PBIIIIII'IDS Until 1 Sept. A 19th century view of ships and the sea by more than 30 artists.
I CENTRAL LIBRARY George IV Bridge. 225 5584. Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am—noon.
Employment and Mental Health: Potentials, Challenges and Issues Until 14 Sept. Golnglorlireen Until 18 Aug.
Scottish Country Life Until 29 Sept.
I CHESSEL GALLERY Moray House College, Royal Mile. Daily, 11am—5pm. Images oi Landscape Until 18 Aug. Oils, watercolours and prints of Scottish and not-Scottish landscapes.
I DEITCH COMPANY 10—14 Lothian Road. Noon-5pm.
Deilch Artists Throughout Aug. A kaleidoscopic show from Edinburgh-based artists, Rob Daru, Danny McFie, Claire Hellcwell and Rosemary Reid.
I ENGLISH SPEAKING UNION 23 Atholl Crescent. Mon—Sat lOam-Spm.
Annual Festlvai Exhibition: Scottish An1990 Unitl 1 Sept.
I FLYING COLOURS GALLERY 35 William Street, 225 6776. Tue—Fri 11am—6pm, Sat 10am—1pm.
Caroline Buchanan: Watercolours Until 5 Sept. We1l~known Edinburgh architect turned artist casts a loving eye over her native city.
I FALCON MOTOR COMPANY 7—13 Falcon Road West, 452 8282. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm.
Frank Rigby: Exhibition and Sale ol Paintings and Pill“! Until 26 Aug.
pictures sculpture graphics A-V
LOVELY ODD FISH
S Aug—1 Sept 1030—630 daily not Suns
‘ EDITH SIMON GALLERY STUDENT CENTRE BRISTO SQUARE , EDINBURGH
031 667 0214
Stunning as ever Neverthe same
I FREEMASON'S HALL 96 George Street. 226 5259. Mon-Sat 9am—6pm.
ZOO OI The 3081 Until 1 Sept. This year’s Fringe poster was designed by 12 year-old Amanda Grant, but there were 3188 more entries. . . Here isjust aselection.
I JENNERS DEPARTMENT STORE 48 Princes Street, 220 1738. Mon—Sat 10—5.30.
WASPS Festival Exhibition Until 1 Sept. Drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, jewellery and pottery. What better way to end a hard day‘s shopping? I KINGFISHER GALLERY Northumberland Street Lane, 557 5454. Tue—Sat 10am—4.30pm, Sat lOam—lpm.
Images oI the Orient Until 8 Sept. The spirit .
of the East in paintings by William Baillie. George Donald and Ian McKenzie Smith. Permanent collection of Russian and French painting and sculpture.
I MALCOLM INNES GALLERY 67 George Street, 226 4151. Mon—Fri 9.30am—6pm; Sat 10am—1pm.
Alexander Hasmyth and Family Until 24 Aug. Keeping it in the family, Naysmith Senior and his sons and daughters liked to dabble with paints.
I NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George 1V Bridge 226 4531 . Mon—Fri 9.30am—8.30pm; Sat 9.30am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.
The Hebrides Surveyed Until 31 Oct. Scotland‘s islands seen through the eyes of a map-maker; the exhibition is both an exploration of the islands and a celebration of maps, as works of art and scientific tools.
I PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street, 556 8921. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun
Portrait In Focus: Robert Louis Stevenson
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94 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DF, Tel 031 225 5955
JOHN HOUSTON PAINTINGS
JOHN MALTBY CERAMICS PAUL PRESTON JEWELLERY JOANNE SOROKA PAPERWORKS
10 August - 4 September
Mon - Fri 103m - 6pm; Sat lOam - 5pm
Until 9 Sept.
Also. in conjunction with the Royal Museum of Scotland, a new permanent exhibition, Dynasty: The Royal House oi Stewart.
John Zephaniah Bell Until 28 Oct. Born in Dundee in 1794. Bell was inﬂuenced by the Nazarenes. a community of German history painters who taught him the technique of fresco painting in Rome. Bell was frustrated in his ambition to be a history painter in fresco which is perhaps why his talents have long been overlooked.
I OUEEN'S HALL Clerk Street. Box Office 6682019. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm. Cafe. Vintage 90 Until 1 Sept. An Artis exhibition for which selected Scottish artists were asked to paint one work on the theme of ‘The Countryside‘
I OUERCUS 16 Howe Street. Daily l()am—S .3()pm.
Contemporary British Furniture and interiors Until 1 Sept. A series ofinterior designs including a children‘s room. garden furniture and hand-printed textiles.
I ROYAL INCORPORATION OF ARCHITECTS IN SCOTLAND 15 Rutland Square, 229 7545. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm.
Architecture oi the Scottish Renaissance Until 20 Sept.
I ROYAL FINE ART COMMISSION FOR SCOTLAND 9 AthollCrescent,229 1109. Daily 11am—4pm.
Recent Cases: Exhibition at Architecture Until 2 Sept
I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound.
225 667i. Mon-Sat l()am—Spm. Sun 2—5pm.
Scotland's Pictures Until 16 Sept. More than 400 years of Scottish art are, for the first time. squeezed into one gallery. in this exhibition of works from the three National Galleries of Scotland. Husbands and wives. usually exhibited under
different roofs. are happily reconciled and Old and New Masters brought together with illuminating results.
I THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street, 225 5955. Mon—Fri 1()am—6pm: Sat l()am—lpm.
John Houston: Paintings Until 4 Sept. Houston still draws most of his inspiration from the East Coast of Scotland. This. his fifth Festival Show with the gallery. brings together some sixty oils and watercolours. I SOLSTICE GALLERY 18a Dundas Street. 557 5227. Mon—Fri ilam—Spm. Sat 10am—lpm.
The Edinburgh School at Painting Until 1 Sept. Paintings by Redpath. MarTaggart. Maxwell. Gillies. Thomson and Beaton. I STEP GALLERY 39 Howe Street. 556 1613.Mon—Sat11am—5.30pm.
The Artists’ Impression Until 2 Sept. Oils and watercolours from three established Edinburgh artists - Rosemary Cattreli. Janine Rolland and Jan Struther.
I TORRANCE GALLERY 29b Dundas Street. 556 6366. Mon—Fri 11am—6pm; Sat 1().30am—4pm.
David M. Martin: Recent Work Until 1 Sept. Tom H. Shanks: West Highland Landscapes Until 1 Sept.
I WASPS Studio/Gallery, Patriot Hall. Henderson Row, Stockbridge. 225 1289. Mon—Sat l 1am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm on exhibition days only.
WASPS Artists Group Show Until 18 Aug. NOI‘III meets 80th Recent work by young painters Danny McFie and Rob Daru.
DESIGN AND CRAFT
I AMIGA CENTRE SCOTLAND 4 Hart Street Lane, 557 4242. Daily.
Computer Animation Workshop Until 18 Aug. Suss out the latest technology, and try your hand at animation. Contact the centre for booking details.
SPIRIT AND FLESH
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Jane MacAlIister: Twentieth Century Icon Series (In Deience oi Sensuality), Ash Gallery.
The start oi a series oi meditations, the exhibition consists of sets of Individually iramed snapshots oi the artist photographing her rellection naked or partly undressed. Her eyes coniront us. However, when taking the photos she was scrutinising hersell In the mirror in a closed narcissistic circle. The photos are overexposed, giving a white emulsion eitect; images are unclear; gold Iiesh seeps through, warm as candlelight. Throughout, a Madonna, Christ or Saint are superimposed, line drawings ol works by other artists. The Iris ol St Theresa’s eye is also the artist’s nipple; elsewhere the artist's breasts till the
same Saint's breasts, or the artist's pose echoes that at a superimposed Saint Sebastian. Julia Kristeva wrote of Christianity: ‘the conirontation of man with his image undergoes a transformation, becoming the solitary communion 01 hands clasped in prayer . . . introspection permitting an individual psychic space . . . introspection is always amorous: you love the One and the One loves you . . . reparatory sell-contemplation'.
in Christianity nudity can represent humility, the shedding oi worldly goods; innocence with the soul cleansed by confession; and in the case oi woman, sin or lust: her body is unclean, thanks to her we all must die. in this patriarchal order woman cannot enunciate her autonomy. Bernini’s Saint Theresa in Ecstacy ls passive, sexual; the Church Fathers look on. commenting.
The emphasis is on temporallty. Flesh is transient as are reiiections; the snapshot captures a moment in time. Sensuality here becomes art mediating between the physical and the metaphysical. The contradictions and paradoxes In Christianity iorthe lemaie viewer are potential ingredients for a rich art and there is scope to widen the symbolic vocabulary. At the same time a third layer of commentary either through imagery or captions ls needed in orderto work towards an adequate reading at lemaie sensuality and iconography. (Fiona Byme Sutton).
84 The List 17 — 23 August 1990