ART & EXHIBITIONS
I ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN 552 7171. l ('rardens Mon—Sat lilam—sunset: Sun 11am —sunset. Plant houses and exhibitions (mounted in lnverleith l louse) Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 1 1am—5pm. Andy Goldsworlhy: Sculpture 1976-1990
Lnttl 28 ()ct. (ioldsworthy has made i
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sculpture from snow. ice. rock. clay. leaves and flowers. This is his first retrospectiv e exhibition and will tour 3 Iiurope after lidinburgh. Andy Goldsworthy: Working With Nature. Lecture Theatre. 15 Sept. 3pm. Tickets £2 1 in advance from lnverleith llouse l‘oyer. An illustrated lecture. with (ioidsworthy talking about his work. in support ofthe current exhibition. I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND (‘hambers Street. 225 7534..\1on— Sat lilam-A5pm; Sun 2—5pm. The Life of a Chair limit 26 ()ct. As part of the '1)enmark in Scotland‘ events planned for September. the Danish Design Council has organised an exhibition ofin chairs and drawings designed by 75 year-old Hans J. Wegner. I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound. 2256671. Mon -Sat l0am—5pm. Sttn 2~5pnr Scotland's Pictures t'nttt in Sept. More than 400 years of Scottish art are. for the first time. squeezed into one gallery. iti this exhibition of works from the three National (ialleries of Scotland. I THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 9-1 ( icorgc Street. 225 5955. Mon—Fri l0am»-6pm;Sat 10am-- 1 pm. Frances Thwaites (1908-1987): Memorial Exhibition 1 'ntil 2 ()ct. Born in India. and educated in lidinburgh. Thwaites studied stained glass at the Iidinburgh (‘ollege of Art. But it was painting which offered her real freedom. and which enabled her to develop the highly individual style for which she is still acclaimed. S.J. Peploe: Paintings Limit 2 ()ct. ()tteof Seotland's best loved artists. remembered by sortie for his still-lifesof roses andtulips and by others for his landscapes. lle wasa modernist who was. in the words of(iuy Peploe. ‘moved and energised by the physicality' of his subjects. International Ceramics limit 2 ()ct. A unique opportunity to see some of the best ceramic work from around the world. Some 26 countries are represented. (ialleryclosed l7Sept. I SOLSTICE GALLERY 18a1)undas Street. 557 5227. Mon- Fri 11am—5pm. Sat lllam—lpm.
Thomas Lawson, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow.
It’s an extremely happy piece of planning that the TSWA project (see the Art Preview page) and this exhibition of Thomas Lawson's work are happening in the same city at the same time, as they play ott against each other in interesting ways. The artists in TSWA and Lawson approach similar issues in their work, but with ditterent effect, due to the ditterences in siting the two projects.
Power, monumentality, the crumbling of an old order and its replacement with a new authoritarianism, and the positioning of the viewer in relation to this: these issues underline much of the TSWA work, and recur in Lawson's show. In the TSWA project, Stuart Brisley places human-scale casts of a disembodied action-man in a disused dock, that most masculine, yet now disempowered, work site, Rosemary Trocket subverts 1990 propaganda in the St Enoch centre, and Judith Barry asks us to consider the destruction of both Glasgow and Glasgow’s history in the centre of the Merchant City, which has been sanitised unrecognisably over the past few years. By contrast, Thomas Lawson has selected for this show what is very much ‘gallery art.’
He has produced work for public sites before, but this show is destined to
speak, on those themes, to a privileged, intentional audience, nota coincidental one. With the TSWA proiects, the viewer is laced lirst with the art object’s incongruity or pertinence in a particular site, and irom that, can considerthe meaning ot the site to them. Lawson's work throws the viewer immediately back on herself, to consider her position in the particular power structures he is exploring. We get images here 01 monumental sculptures, at a glowing nuclear Iamily, ol the Doulton monument on Glasgow Green.
Lawson’s intent is carried out with irony and ambiguity, providing no narrative, no answers, and allowing no clear, lixed positioning. This has to be the case, as one reading 01 his work leads to the deconstruction and subversion ot the very institutions that are supporting his work-the liberal (but increasingly marginalised) paternalism ol state-tunded art institutions like the Third Eye, and the dealers and galleries of the international art market (concurrently, Lawson has a show at Anthony Reynolds in London).
At present, these institutions are still firmly in control: the catalogue essay (which can only be described as very American) claims Lawson as an American artist, albeit one whose work contains ‘primitivism’. While it is appropriate for the artist to make the viewer question their positioning, this assertion by the catalogue writer that Lawson is American makes one wonder it Lawson’s irony is clear enough: born in Glasgow, at university in St Andrew's and Edinburgh, he was well into his twenties when he went to the US. This exhibition very particularly reters to Glasgow, and the cultural context 01 Scotland, and English imperialism in Scotland. The ramifications 01 what Lawson is doing spiral further and further out irom the specilic site 01 the Third Eye Centre. (Hilary Robinson)
Gordon M. Scott: A Provocative Look at Lite
[Intil 2‘) Sept. Symbolist paintings front the winner of last year's lirnst Young Award. I STEP GALLERY 3‘) l lowe Street. 556 1613. Mon-Sat Ham—5.30pm. No exhibitions until Oct. I STILLS GALLERY 105 High Street. 557 1140. Tue—Sat 11am~5.30pm. Peter Beard: The End ol the Game 15 Sept— 1 3 ()ct. An exhibition of photographs - from Beard‘s book ofthe same name - which examine the plight of wildlife in Africa over the last twenty years. from killing for profit tothe devastation of natural habitats by mechanisation and modern urban life. Photo-locus Wed 26 Sept at 7pm. Photography discussion group with Roger Palmer. I TALBOT RICE ART GALLERY ()ld ( ‘ollege. L'niversity of Iidinburgh. South Bridge. 6671011ext4308.'1'ue—Sat10am~5pm. Russell Colombo: Recent Paintings 15 Sept—~13 ()ct. I THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 Hamilton Place. 226 5425. Mon—Sat 10am~5pm and late during pertormances. Human Rights in South Airica 1-1 Sept- 4 ()ct. An exhibition. sponsored by Amnesty International. of fifteen large. colourful batiks — the creation of South African artist Bandele lyapo. I 359 GALLERY 233 (‘owgatcn 225 3013. Mon—Sat 10.30am—-5.3()pm.
Crossing the Line: New Work by Caroline McHairn Until 22 Sept. Described by a Soviet art critic as ‘Matisse with a strong Scottish accent'.
Claudia Peireiti1.'ntil22 September. Iixuberant oil paintings and drawingsof Tuscan and L'mbrian hill towns. FRA-YU-KULT lintil 22 Sept. A selection of works by Yugoslav artists whose common trait is their knowledge ofand interest in Iiuropean artistic tradition.
I TDRRANCE GALLERY 2‘)b1)undas Street. 5566366. .‘vlon l"ri 1 1am--6pm; Sat 10.30am—4pm.
Sylvia Allen: Land and Sea Until 22 Sept (closed 17 Sept).
I WASPS Studio (iallery. Patriot Hall. llenderson Row. Stockbridge. 225 128‘). Mon Sat 11am-5pszun 2—5pm on exhibition daysonly.
Noexhibitit n at present.
OUTSIDE THE CITIES St Andrews
I CRAWFORD ARTS CENTRE 93 North street. 033-1 74610. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Francisco Cabral: The Same Plane ol Existence L'ntil 23 Sept. A touring exhibition by a Trinidadian sculptor who has received no formal education. yet has been acclaimed by critics in London and
Patricia Macdonald: Shadow ol Heaven Until 23 Sept. Macdonald is an Edinburgh-based. self-taught pilot who got her pilot's licence in 1983 and has been taking stunning aerial photographs of Scotland ever since. This exhibition is organised by the Photographers Gallery in London.
Susie Thompson: Silk Until 23 September. Silk scarves. shawls. screens and wall-hangings all gloriously hand-painted.
I THE DICK INSTITUTE Elmbank Avenue. 0563 26401. MonfTuefThurs/Fri 9am—8pm; Wed/Sat 9am—5pm.
Henry Moore Sculptures Until 22 Sept. A specially created exhibition of seven major sculptures. There are taped guides available. describing the exhibits. particularly suited to the blind or partially sighted visitor.
I ALLAN PARK GALLERY The Studio. 23 Allan Park. 07867141 1 . Mon—Sat 10am—5pm (Wed 10am--1pm).
Autumn Exhibition: Scottish Contemporary Artists and Crattsmen Until 25 Sept. New works by Anne Gordon. Sheena Boyd. Baajie Pickard. Beth Webster and others.
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