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I Inspired by the Spanish landscape and his wife Helen, Sandy Fraser decided to commit them both to canvas. so creating this year‘s first prize in the Morrison Scottish Portrait Award. Chosen from over 200entries. Helen is a ﬁgurative portrait using acrylic paint, which shows Fraser‘s wife sitting against a backdrop of the Spanish village Cacere. The artist now plans to spend the £5 .000 prize money on building a new studio for himself at his home in Muchalls. His portrait. along with 40 others. will be on show at the Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, until 9 November. Admission free.
I Arts and commerce is the subject ofthe next paper to come from the Charter for the Arts initiative. an ongoing body of research aimed at analysing the particular needs of Scotland‘s cultural arts. Ranging in scope from Gaelic art to literature. each paper is delivered and debated in different locations. and generally lasts all day. Arts and commerce is scheduled for the Tramway. Glasgow. on Wednesday 6 November. starting at 9.45am. Previous papers. of which there are now almost 50. can be requested by writing to Gail Boardman. Scottish Arts Council. 12 Manor Place. Edinburgh.
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I Andy Warhol left behind a striking legacy; a towering monument to the throw-away society. a silk-screen shrine to the consumerism of the 60s and 705. He produced pop art like Barbara Cartiand produces romance. and over-ran his alloted fifteen minutes of fame by nigh on 25 years. Some ofhis best work now gathered together in a 480-page tome — enough pages to paper a gallery and still have some left over. Andy Warhol: A Retro~ spective eschews a chronological approach for a study by subject matter. from his distinctive self-portraits to his notorious prints of soup tirfs. Prefaced by four essays exploring aspects of his work. this is an indispensable addition to the bookcase. (Thames and Hudson. £19.99)
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The Alchemist‘s Dream by Ian Howard, at the Fine Art Society, until 2 Nov. A dream landscape that is by turns forbidding and alluring, elusive and explicit, Howard’s work unites the geometric with the mystic to create an exhibition that entrances as much as it discomiorts. There are lnlluences here clearly (Alan Davie and Will MacLean perhaps) but, far more potently, the artist's own sense 01 the magical and the suggestive. Duattrocento Italy is conjured by an architectural design; alchemy by a bell-jar, appearing laithfully on every canvas, like the artist’s insignia.
Bright colours occassionaly liberate the sombre tone, throwing up a canvas of searing yellow. as in Vishnu for
example, while cones and squares are loregrounded in a remorseless sequence that unites the images and hints of ancient civilisations, worshipping pagan gods. Even the recurring cross seems to err into the sacrlleglous. By using three-dimensional materials in some of his canvases, Howard is able to emphasise certain elements, such as the horse and rider in Flag which also suggests a depth - a dreamscape with an horizon.
In Speculum, two portraits are separated by a large, many-sided crystal suspended above a cone over which rests a red stain, like the ectoplasm of a recently-departed spirit. Or perhaps the blood of battles past, when alchemy was a gainful occupation. Looming over much oi the canvas are two black shapes, indicating the presence of the unseen alchemists, curiously disrupted here by a smaller crystal which remains aloof lrom the enveloping shadows.
Howard’s obsession with the bell-jar provides the final comment, with Shrine as a wry- and amusing - endplece, situating a bell-jar as the object of worship. This time a real bell-jar, positioned within a shrine cut out of the canvas, is filled with three-dimensional clutter, and overseen by a simple portrait gouged out of the paint: the artist himseli perhaps-the real magician of this striking exhibition. (Aaron Hicklin)
Exhibitions are listed by city, then alphabetically by venue. Shows will be listed, provided that details reach ouroftlces at least ten days before publication. Art and Exhibitions listings compiled by Miranda France.
I T G R ANNAN & SONS LTD 164 Woodlands Road. 332 0028. Mon—Fri l0am-5pm; Sat 10am—12.30pm.
Works by various artists and permanent collection of Glasgow photographs and reproductions.
I ART EXPOSURE GALLERY
New Works An exhibition ofrecent paintings by gallery artists to celebrate the gallery‘s second birthday. Until 30Nov. I ART GALLERY & MUSEUM, KELVINGROVE 357 3929. Mon—Sat l0am—5pszhurs 10am—9pm: Sun noon-6pm. Cafe. [D] Voluntary guides are available free of
Art for Industry: The Glasgow Japan Exchange 011878 Until 5 Jan. Industrial relations have not always been strained between Britain and Japan — this exhibition is a testament to Glasgow‘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 Glasgow from the Japanese Government.
John Keane: Before the War Until 24 Nov. Best known as Official War Artist during the Gulf conﬂict. Keane's previous works
express a concern for the people caught in conflicts that make world headlines.
The Hague School Until 5 Jan. Fifty works give voice to 19th century Dutch artists known as The Hague School. Including prints. drawings and watercolours by Blommers. Artz. the Maris brothers and Mauve.
National Monuments Record ol Scotland Jubilee Exhibition Sat 2 . 'ov—5 Jan. Drawings and photographs celebrating the 50th anniversary ofthe NMRS.
I BARCLAY LENNIE FINE ART 203 Bath Street. 226 5413. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm; Sat by appointment.
Jennifer Irvine: Recent Paintings Until 26 Oct. Still Lives. portraits and various other works by a Scottish artist notable for her bold and colourful style.
I BAY TREE CAFE 403 Great Western Road. 334 5898. Daily (except Mon) 10am—9pm.
Charlie McAuley: New Works Until 28 Oct. Black and white prints using the patterns and textures of tree bark.
Liz Martin: Printmaker Mon 4 Nov—2 Dec. I BILLIARD ROOM ART COMPANY 217 Sauchiehali Street. 332 3711. Mon—Sat. 10am-5pm.
Recent Work by Scottish Artists Until 6 Nov. Works on paper by Sally Carlaw. Victoria Cassidy. Norman Edgar and others. Ceramics by Paul Spence.
I DURRELL COLLECTION Pollokshaws Road. 649 7151. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm; Wed i0am—9pm; Sun noon—6pm. Cafe. [DI
The collection of Edwardian tycoon William Burrell. housed in a purpose-built gallery which is itselfa work ofart.
I COLLINS GALLERY University of Strathclyde. 22 Richmond Street. 552 4400ex12682. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm;Sat noon-4pm.
ouri Le Riche: Eastern Arteiacts Until 29 Oct. ‘Bazaar display" ofphotographs. jewellery. textiles. costume and metalwork from Afghanistan. All works
are for sale.
I COMPASS GALLERY 178 West Regent Street. 221 6370. Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm. alair Anderson: New Works Until 31 Oct. Paintings and drawings by a Scottish artist. I CYRIL GERBER FINE ART 148 West Regent Street. 221 3095. Mon—Sat 9.30am—5.30pm.
New acquisitions. including works by Gillies. MacTaggart. Redpath. Bellany and others.
I DOME OF DISCOVERY South Rotunda. Govan Road. 417 1792. Tue—Sun and Bank Holidays 10am—5.30pm. Science and technology interactive exhibition. featuring 30 images. a vertical roundabout, an air cannon and [van Mocovich‘s SMART exhibits.
I EWAN MUNDY FINE ART 48 West George Street. 331 2406. Mon—Sat 9.30am- 5.30pm.
William Crosbie, William Plumptre and Crawford Campbell Tue 29 Oct—23 Nov. Watercolours, ceramics and pastels reﬂecting the varied concerns ofthe artists.
I FINE ART SOCIETY 134 Blythswood Street. 332 4027. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5.30pm; Sat 1()am-—1pm.
Five Glasgow Painters Until 29 Oct. Works by Linda Atherton. Alexander Gardner. Christine lronside, Marion McIntosh and Hazel Nagel.
Ian Fleming Paintings. drawings and prints including Fleming‘s acclaimed Gethsemane along with more recent paintings of Scotland‘s east coast.
I GATENOUSE GALLERY Rouken Glen Road (gallery at entrance to Butterﬂy Kingdom). 6200235. Mon—Fri 1.30—6pm; Sat and Sun 12.30—5.30pm: closed Tue. Claire llarrigan: Recent Works Until 30 Oct. Paul Spence: Ceramics Until 30 Oct.
I GLASGOW ARTS CENTRE 12 Washington Street. 221 4526. Mon—Fri 10am—7pm; Sat 10am—3pm (7pm on performance days). Three Artists Exhibition Until 26 Oct. Wood sculptures and furniture by Scottish based ‘object maker‘. Tim Stead; pictures by Elisabeth Lorimer, inspired by the woods of Argyll and some memorable life-size sculptures by Neil Finlayson. The exhibition is part of GAC‘s Spirits ofthe Forest season.
Gennady Viknyansky: Works Until 26 Oct. Wooden sculptures. often depicting animals and mythic figures. by a Soviet sculptor recently commissioned to make playground sculptures for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Yorkhill.
I GLASGOW GROUP GALLERY 17 Queens Crescent. Daily 1 lam—5.30pm. Postgraduates GSA: Veronique Chance, Johanna Crawford, John Mcdonald Until 26 Oct. An exhibition of new printmaking selected by Philip Reeves.
I GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO 22 King Street. 5520704. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm.
Four Directions Until 26 Oct. Recent works by four resident printmakers ofdiverse artistic persuasions: Mark Dixon. Ruth Greer. Janka Malkowski and Rob Mulholland.
I GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART 167 Renfrew Street. 332 9797. Mon-Fri l0am—9pm;Sat l0am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.
Zimbabwean Wire Toys Until 26 Oct. Collected in 1979. in what was then Rhodesia. these toys — made out ofscrap by boys from seven upwards — provide an important record ofchiidren‘s culture during a particularly volatile period of their country‘s history.
Doug Cocker, Paul Cosgrove, Stuart Macltenzie: Recent Works Until 26 Oct. Works by three prominent Scottish artists. two of whom teach at GSA. The other. Doug Cocker. is an artist-in-residence in Cambridge.
167 atone Six Seven Sat 2-23 Nov. GSA‘s Embroidery and Textile Group display a selection of students‘ new work.
I NAGGS CASTLE 100 St Andrew's Drive. 427 2725. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. [D]. Museum for and about children. including
55 The List 25 October — 7 November 1991