Scottish National Gallery

of Modern Art William McCance

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David Nash Sculpture | 97' |

Belford Road Edinburgh Open Monday to Saturday lO—S & Sunday 2—5 Admission Free

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Whistler in Europe, Hunterian Gallery, Glasgow. This exhibition of etching drypoint and lithographs is an opportunity tor Whistler-lovers to become acquainted with a body of work for the pleasure which can be gleaned from it. Sensitivity oi touch is evident in Whistler’s drawing irom the start, giving his prints a sensuous quality. The early street scenes, cale scenes, nudes or portraits are rendered realistically. Later on, the artist begins to experiment with medium and line: the result is a series oi beautiful, unrelated prints. In particular, the combination of water and architecture in Venice and Amsterdam provided him


with an opportunity to explore texture and movement through a freer use at line, notable examples being Nocturne: Palaces, Venice; The Square House; and Pierrot, Amsterdam.

The compositional method also changes. Illusionist space is broken up in favour at a play with light and dark- light coming from blank paper as in A Courtyard, Brussels, rendered in suit hatched lines. Simultaneously with this paring down ol information, the surtace becomes more important, so a dappled tonality emerges. He is, in eltect, painting in black and white rather than drawing, a good example being The Embroidered Curtain. (Fiona Byrne Sutton)


I THE ROWAN GALLERY 36 Main Street. Drymen, 0360 60996. Mon-Sun 10am—5pm.

Mixed Exhibition Until 30 Nov. Paintings. ceramics and glass by contemporary Scottish artists.

I RDYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMA 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; open until 8pm on performance dates.

Flux Until 17 Nov. An exhibition by the Glasgow Fine Metals Group. nine designer-metalworkers who aim to promote original contemporary work in the fields of silversmithing. jewelleryand fine metalwork. All the artists work mainly to commission. so this is a rare chance to see the broad scope oftheir output and materials. from blacksmithing to enamel work. from precious metals and stones to copper. brass and aluminium.

I THE SHELTER GALLERY Renfrew Court. 332 6231. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5.30pm; Sat 10am—5pm. Tartan Fire Until 14 Nov. Paintings by Tommy Lydon. Michelle David 16 Nov—8 Dec. Recent paintings. Sign and Miracle 9 Nov—8 Dec. East German photographer Edith Tar and poet (‘hristian Heekel present compositions overlaid with poetic graphics, commenting on events before and since the breaching ofthe Berlin Wall on9 November last year. I SPRINGBURN MUSEUM Ayr Street. 557 1-405. Mon—Fri 10.30am—5pm. Sat mam—4.30pm. Sun 2—5pm. Up Our Close, Roan Oor Back Until early 1991 . Jean Faley has helped the museum re-create the room and kitchen in Gourlay Street where she grew up. More than a reconst ruction, the exhibition is a

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