I A new postcard publishing business. Partick Postcards. based in Glasgow. has recently launched a boxed set of sixteen original postcards of Glasgow Underground - one for each ofthe fifteen stations. plus an extra view. taken at the line's depot in Gov an. Photographer Sharon Fitzgerald took the pictures over a 30-hour shoot in .April and the set comes complete with an illustrated leaflet Short History of the Subway '. written by Partick Postcards proprietor and English Literature tutor. Ken Garner. The set costs £7.99 and is available in some Glasgow shops. or by mail order from Partick Postcards. [’0 Box 2020. Glasgow, G] I 6XA.
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I Hunterian Art Gallery Guidebook ( L'niv crsity Of Glasgow. £5) A brief. but beautiful guide to the University's art collections. incorporating a short history of the gallery and ofthe Hunterian Museum. previously home to many of the works on display. The introduction takes us from 1807 and the museum‘s founding— the initiative of William Hunter. a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and a very generous benefactor — to the acquisition of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's estate and house in the 40s and later the openingof the new art gallery in 19811. There follows a 'walk-round' guide to the contents of the gallery— Paolozzi's famous cast-aluminium doors. the Whistler Collection. the Glasgow Boys etc — and some more detailed notes on 24 artists and their works. complete with full-page plates. The book is generously illustrated. mostly in colour. and makes for an informative and unusually manageable introduction. or companion to the University's collection. Definitely worth a fiver. Perhaps other galleries could follow suit.
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Ken Currie at the Collins Gallery
Ken Currie: Story From Glasgow, at the ’ Collins Gallery, Glasgow, until Sun 4 Aug. Last exhibited as the ﬂip-side to . the 1990 City 01 Culture celebrations, ; Ken Currie’s series 0197 linocuts
present a grim lrame-by-irame account
_ ot the demise 01 an ordinary working , man. ‘Story lrom Glasgow‘ expresses a
style comparable to Munch and the German Expressionist movement 01 the
30$, depicting bleak, urban settings
inhabited by ghoulish ligures. It is an etiective analogy— contemporary
, Britain is portrayed as corrupt, ' debauched, and with strong
nationalistic tendencies, not unlike pre-war Berlin.
The protagonist is lirst pictured working in a iactory, on a production line just like a hundred others. However, when he comes home one day to lind his wile dead, his resulting depression means that he falls out oi step with society, loses his job and his home, and has to rely on social security. Getting “on his bike’ leads him to London, alcoholism, madness and destitution.
Currie instills his sequence with a strong dose of irony: one scene depicts
the protagonist trudging past a
, construction site, while his lite is
crumbling around him. His compositions are highly cinematic, with dramatic close-ups and lots at movement. There is one recurring scene 01 a view over a city-scape lrom a hill-top; each time the scene becomes progressively more derelict and chaoﬁc.
‘Story From Glasgow’ is a powertul and thoroughly absorbing work, illustrating how easy it is to slip through the social labric. The most haunting image is 01 a nightmarish interior 01 a burger bar— our ‘hero’ sits slumped across a table, clutching a polysterene cup. You can see similar scenes any night at the week in Argyle Street.(8eatrice Colin)
Exhibitions are listed by city. then alphabetically by venue. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach our ottices at least ten days belore publication. Art and Exhibitions listings compiled by Miranda France.
Woodlands Road. 332 0028. Mon—Hi 10am—5pm: Sat 10am—12.30pm.
Works by various artists and permanent collection of Glasgow photographs and reproductions.
I ART GALLERY & MUSEUM. KELVINGROVE 357 392‘). Mon—Sat 10am-5pmz'l'hurs 10am—9pm; Sun noott--6ptn. Cafe. [D] Voluntary guides are available free of charge to conduct parties or individuals round the main galleries. Ask at the enquiry desk.
From Turner’s Studio L'ntil 1 Sept. 'l‘wenty-nine oil paintings from the Turner Bequest at the Tate Gallery - a collection of the works found in Turner‘s studio after his death. including unfinished works and preparatory studies. Turner's oil sketches form the core of the exhibition and various paintings and sketches represent different stages in hislife.
The Age 01 Turner L'ntil 1 Sept A complementary. scene-setting look at the work of Turner‘s contemporaries. including works by Daniel Alexander. Alexander Nasmyth and Sam Bough which illustrate the changing attitude towards landscape-painting from mid- lts’th centurytoearly 1‘)th century.
, New Arts Season: Hogg-Couture tintil Sat 4.
, determination to reach beyond the
confines of ‘conventional art forms' brings us Pam lIogg's new collection for I991—
simple. comfortable separates with a strong. seasonal theme and bucketsof glitz. loosely based on the Hollywood style of Veronica Lake and Jessica Rabbit. Hogg graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and is now widely regarded asone of Britain's most innovative designers.
A Look into the Pool Until 11 Aug. A selection of prints. drawings and watercolours from the gallery‘s own collection. as well as some Old Master
i drawings and Signuc watercolours on loan - fromothercollections.
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I ART EXPOSURE 53 West Regent Street. 3320808. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.
Summer Show L'ntil Wed 31 Jul. Mixed works by gallery artists ~ both established and up-and-coming. Also at Buchanan's Restaurant. 2 Sauchiehall Street.
I ART FROM THE BlLLlARD ROOM 217 Sauchiehall Street. 332 3711. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Originally designed asa billiard room by (‘harles Rennie Mackintosh. with his own panelling and stained-glass window.
Summer Exhibition L'ntil 31 Aug. A selection of works. including paintings. drawings. ceramics and sculptures. by recent graduates from four Scottish art schools. Also included in the exhibition
are works by the gallery's founder members and other well known Scottish artists.
I BARCLAY LENNIE FINE ART 203 Bath Street. 226 5413. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm; Sat by appointment.
19th and 20th century paintings from stock. .
I BAY TREE CAFE 403 Great Western Road. 33-1 5098. Tue—Sun 10am—9pm. Joan McCorkindale: Recent Works L'ntil Sun 5 Aug.
I BELLGROVE STATION BILLBOARD PROJECTBeIlgrove Station (Queen Street to Springburn line).
Pavel Buchler: Posterwork Installation 2 Throughout Jul. A Cambridge-based artist‘s contribution to this ongoing artistic debate — posterworks installed on a 20 x 511 billboard. Buchleraddresses himself to issues of 'local geography" and ‘geo-political vocabulary.‘ The end result is not as complicated as it sounds.
I BURRELL COLLECTION Pollokshaws Road. (>49 7151. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Wed 10am—9pm; Sun noon—6pm. Cafe. ID]
The collection of Edwardian tycoon William Burrcll housed in a purpose-built gallery which is itself a work ofart.
Pride of Place L'ntil 14 Aug. As partof their Diamond Jubilee celebrations. the National Trust for Scotland has amassed furniture. ceramics and paintings from twenty castles and country houses. presenting an artistic illustration ofthe development of Scotland's social and cultural history from the loth century to the present day.
I COLLINS GALLERY University of Strathclyde. 22 Richmond Street. 552 4400ext 2682. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm; Sat noon—4pm.
The Glasgow Story: Woodcuts by Ken Currie L'ntil Sat 4 Aug. A series of90woodcuts. recently purchased by the university's Fine Art department. which trace the rise and fall of Glasgow's traditional industries and the effects of redundancieson workers.
I COMPASS GALLERY 178 West Regent Street. 221 (i370. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm. New Generation Artists 1991 Until 31 Aug. Acclaimed annual show of works by the graduates of Glasgow. Edinburgh. Dundee and Aberdeen schools of art.
I CRAlGlE HALL (i Rowan Road. 427 6884. Sat and Sun 10am—5pm.
Mackintosh in the Nineties t'ntil September. Preview exhibition of furniture and decorative fittings for Mackintosh‘s Art Lover's I louse which is under construction just down the road.
I CYRIL GERBER FINE ART 148 West Regent Street. 221 3095. Mon—Sat 9.30am-5.30pm.
Will Maclean: A Night ollslands Throughout Jul. A new suite ofetchings with accompanying poetry in Gaelic and
. English. ; Thereafter. recent acquisitions o1 British art
HUNTERIAN ART GALLERY University Of Glasgow
THE NUDE 27 July - 19 October 1
(Closed 27 -30 September inclusive) Mon-Sat 9.30-5.00; Admission Free
Extended public access supported with Funds 1 from Glasgow District Council
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