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commissioned sculptures are to be unv eiled on Wed 18 Sept at the ( ‘allander Business Park in Falkirk. 'I'he works. which have all been created by the students and staff ofthc Sculpture and

fins ironmental Art departments at (ilasgow School of Art. have been commissioned as part of a new scheme which sponsors sculptors' materials. exhibits their works in the parkland for a year. and then returns them. uneonditionally. to their creators. .lohn Whiteman. Director of the ( ilasgow School of Art. described the scheme as “an excellent opportunity for students to realise a serious project which would normally be beyond their financial reach.‘

I Sat 14 Sept is Doors Open Day. in celebration ofour first ever ‘Iiuropean Ileritage Day ' —r ifthe title sounds dismally boring. the new annual event should prove very successful: the idea is that historic buildings across Iiurope throw their doors open for one day a year. giv ing the curious a chance to see the interiors behind all those familiar facades. (ilasgow and lidinburgh are both participating (see ‘Agenda' for details). but mind your head if approaching anything too rickety thesmallprintin one brochure reads

'v isitors entering buildings do so at their own risk’. ..


I Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs (Pandora Press £12.99) The book of the Stills' exhibition recently featured in this section but with much more to it. Iissays. poems and photographs survey contemporary lesbian imagery and suggest wavs of ‘subverting' ' stereotypes. making this not jtist a useful sourcebook for photographers. or lesbians. but an important new angle on sexualitvin the was. '

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Gregg Magee: New Paintings at the Compass Gallery, Glasgow, until 3 Oct. ‘I suppose there is quite a heavy mood,’ says the artist of his first solo

show and, with titles like ‘The Fatalist’,

‘Domain’ and ‘Vigil’, you feel inclined to agree. Atmospheric and vaguely melancholy, the 30 pieces on show mostly deal with the insider looking out, using interiors as framing devices for exteriors. Solitary figures stand in windows facing post-industralist landscapes filled with factories and chimney stacks; still lites with vegetables deteriorate in front of views of tenement blocks.

Magee was born and brought up in

Rentrew, on the west coast, and the claustrophobia of life in a

‘5 manufacturing town in decline is evident in his work: directionally lit

with long shadows, muted neutral tones and crushing perspectives, the city-scapes are reminiscent of the Italian surrealist artist, Chirrico. However, Magee injects his scenes with bursts of intense colour— billowing green trees sprout between the buildings and some views are framed by richly coloured drapery.

2 Likewise, still lifes depicting ' courgettes, peppers and onions hanging by thread from a window frame

are vividly coloured, in sharp contrast to the subdued scene outside. There is also an element of movement in his studies—seagulls soarthrough the

skies and long trails of smoke hang in the air.

Although Magee is deliberately ambiguous about his themes, he does point out some literary parallels: ‘You could say the atmosphere is similar in feel to EdgarAllen Poe’s work,’ he says, mentioning “The House of Usher as an example of personal decay reflected in its immediate surroundings.

A sombre study of isolation and

i passing of time, this exhibition comes

as part of the Compass Gallery’s initiative to promote the work of young artists, and is certainly a promising debut. (Beatrice Colin)

Exhibitions are listed by city, then alphabetically by venue. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach ouroffices at least ten days before publication. Art and Exhibitions listings compiled by Miranda France.


I T 8: R ANNAN & SONS LTD 164 Woodlands Road. 332 0028. Mon—Fri 10am-5pm: Sat 10am~-12.30pm.

Works by various artists and permanent collection of (ilasgow photographs and reproductions.

I ART GALLERY & MUSEUM. KELVINGROVE 357 392‘). Mon—Sat 10am} -5pm;'l‘hurs 10am—9pm: Sun noon—(rpm. (ate. [1)] Voluntary guides are available free of charge to conduct parties or indiy iduals round the main galleries. Ask at the enquiry desk.

Vuillard Until 20 ()et. The first exhibition of works by French painter Iidouard V'uillard for nearly 40 years. including over 100paintings. drawings and printsof his domestic interiors. family portraitsand street scenes.

Art for Industry: The GlasgowJapan Exchange of 1878 L'ntil 5 Jan. Industrial relations have not always been strained between Britain and Japan -- this exhibition is a testament to (ilasgow's role in the 19th century modernisation ofJapan and includes some 200 items - ceramics. musical instruments. paper and fabrics- which were sent as a gift to (ilasgow from the Japanese Government.

The Floating World: Japanese Prints 01760-1850 I 'ntil () ()Ct. As part of Britain'sJapan 1991 festival. the Art Gallery is exhibiting from its own collection some ()0 brightly coloured woodblock prints by artists of the l 'kiyo-e (‘pictures of the floating world' ) schoolot painting. Prominent among the painters are Ilokusai. lIiroshige and l'tamaro. and the images include depictions of legendary Japanese heroes. landscapes and geishas.

Brian Jenkins installing Wound

Brian Jenkins: Wound t.‘ ntil 39 Sept. the latest in the New Arts season. Jenkins' installation expresses the difficulty and pain experienced by the physically disabled. by requiring the viewer to overcome various obstacles before he or she can see the ‘art'.

I ART EXPOSURE 53 West Regent Street. 3320808. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.

Figures and Flowers 'l‘hroughout Sept. Life and nature studies by gallery artists. including Katherine Mercer. Sharon Thomson and Robert Alcorn.

I BARCLAY LENNIE FINE ART 203 Bath Street. 226 5413. Mon—Fri 10am— 5pm; Sat by appointment.

'Ukiyo-e' - Images of the Floating World: An exhibition of Japanese Woodblock Prints Lintil 'I‘hurs 26 Sept. An inspiration to Vincent van (iogh (who collected more than 400 of them). to the Impressionist painters and. more recently. the Scottish ('olourists. Japanese woodblock prints began to be exported from Japan to liurope in the mid l9th century. 'I‘ypically. they depict colourful scenes ofcourtesans. Kabuki theatre actors and samurai.

I BURRELL COLLECTION Pollokshaws Road. (>49 7151. Mon- Sat 10am—5pm: Wed 10am-—‘)pm; Sun noon-«vopm. (‘afe. (DI

The collection of Edwardian tycoon William Burrell. housed in a purpose-built gallery which is itself a work ofart.

Mingei - The Living Tradition in Japanese

Arts L'ntil ti Oet. ‘Mingei'. or ‘people's art‘. is the work ofanonymous artist-craftsmen. simple objects or garments used routinely by the Japanese in their daily lives. This exhibition features textiles. ceramics. rnetalwork. lacquer and furniture. dating back to the 17th century. from the Mingeikan museum in Tokyo.


Albion Street. 552 2822. Mon- Sat


Works by Annie Catrell and Royal Edinburgh Hospital Residents limit 4 ()ct. Iixhibition of works by Scotland's first artist-in-residencc to work in a psychiatric hospital. and by the residents who attended her workshops.

I COLLINS GALLERY I'niversity of Strathclydc. 22 Richmond Street. 552 «I400ext 2682. Mon - liri 10am— 5pm;Sat noon 7-1pm.

Valerie Pragnell: Ring ofAlderl'niil Sat 1-1 Sept. A loosely arranged circle of sculptural elements. made from alder. through which l’ragnell explores cyclical themes of regeneration and continuity. The Green Man in Scotland t'niil Sat 14 Sept. A mysterious motif possibly pagan -- found on gravestones throughout Scotland and meticulously researched by Betty Willsher. who compiled this exhibition.

(‘losed for refurbishment until 5 ()ct.

I COMPASS GALLERY 178 West Regent Street. 221 (1370. .‘yfoanat 10am—5.30pm. Gregg Magee: Recent Paintings L'ntil 3()ct. Iiirst solo show by a young Scottish artist twice selected for ('ompass (iallery's New (icneration Artists show.

I CRAIGIE HALL (i Rowan Road. 427 (188-1. Sat and Sun 10am-5pm.

Mackintosh in the Nineties l’review exhibition of furniture and decorative fittings for Mackintosh‘s Art Lover's House which is under construction just down the road.

I CYRIL GERBER FINE ART 148 West Regent Street. 221 3095. Mon-Sat 9.30arn-5.30pm.

New acquisitions. including works by (iillics. .‘vlac'l‘aggart. Redpath. Bellany and others.

I OOME OF DISCOVERY South Rotunda. (iovan Road. 417 1792. Tue-Sun and Batik I lolidays 10am~-5.30pm. Science and technology interactive exhibition. featuring 31) images. a vertical roundabout. an air cannon and Ivan Mocovich's SMA R'I‘exhibits.

I EWAN MUNDY FINE ART 48 West ( ieorgc Street. 331 2400. Mon- Sat 9.30am - 5.30pm.

Modern British and Scottish Contemporary Paintings and drawings by the Scottish (‘olourists the (ilasgow Boys. William (iillies. ('rosbie. Donaldson. (iary Anderson and Jack Knox.

Underthe Influence: The History of Art isthe

1 History of Revivals 'I'hurs 26 Sept until 1‘)

()ct. Works by Scottish. Iinglish and I‘rcneh artists. including Degas. Mackintosh. liardley. Vuillard. (‘rosbie and Whistler. which display influences from I-‘lemish painting and ( 'Iassicism.

I FINE ART SOCIETY |3~1Blythswood Street. 332 4027. Mon ~ I-‘ri

9.30am- 5.30pm; Sat 10am-1pm.

Works from the gallery‘s collection of 19th and 20th century Scottiin art.

I GATEHOUSE GALLERY Rouken (ilen Road (gallery at entrance to Butterfly Kingdom). 6200235. Mon-Fri 1.30—opm: Sat and Sun l2.30—5.30pm; closed Inc.

A New Season of Paintings Throughout Sept. Mixed exhibition of works by gallery artistsand new exhibitors.

I GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO 22 King Street. 5520704. Mon» Sat 10am--5.30pm. Contemporary Japanese Printmakers Sat 7-28 Sept. Prints by Ilashimoto. Koeda. Kurosaki. Mttsashi and 'I‘anaka ~ five artists from Kyoto whose works include silk screen self-portraits. still-lifes and abstract woodcuts on handmade paper.