Crescent. Mon. Wed-Sat 10am—5pm. TWO Man Show Until 2 Nov. Works by Charles MacQueen and Archie Mclntosh. I FINE ART SOCIETY 137 George Street. 220 6370. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5.30pm: Sat 10am—1pm. The Alchemist’s Dream: Paintings and Reconstructions by Ian Howard Until 2 Nov. One of Scotland‘s ‘most inventive and stimulating artists‘. Howard‘s work reﬂects a fascination with the art. culture and spirit of quattrocento ltaly. incorporating a curious vocabulary of pyramids. cones and cylinders. See panel. British Painting 1800-1950 Throughout November. I FLYING COLOURS GALLERY 35 William Street. 225 6776. Tue—Fri 11am—6pm ; Sat 10am—1pm. Shona Barr: New Works Until 13 Nov. I FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366. Mon-Fri 9.30am—5.30pm; Sat 9.30am—l .30pm. llarrls! Until 9 Nov. A striking photographic perspective of the Hebridean isle. in which textures and colour evoke the feelings ofphotographic artist Yves Bresson. Also in the exhibition are eight very large. dominating portraits of sheep by Carmelo Zogan: his response to the island. I GALLERY OF MODERN ART Belford Road. 556 8921 . Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2-5pm. [D] Cafe. The gallery‘s cafe is open Mon—Sat 10.30am—4.30pm; Sun 2.30—4.20pm. Entry to the permanent collection is free. and features works by Picasso. Matisse. Mondrian and 20th century Scottish artists. I GRAEME MURRAY GALLERY 15 Scotland Street. 556 6020. Tue—Fri 10am—5pm; Sat‘ lOam—lpm. Sol Lewitt: Five Geometric Structures and their Combinations Until 2o Oct. I HANOVER FINE ART 22A Dundas Street. 5562181. Mon—Fri 10.30am—6pm; Sat lllam—4pm. Steven Proudloot: Recent Landscapes in Watercolours Until 4 Nov. Rosemary Stubbs: Scottish and Continental Landscapes Until 4 Nov. Works in watercolours. gouache and pastels. I NUNTLY HOUSE MUSEUM 142 Canongate. 225 2424. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. A restored 16th century mansion. and the city‘s principal museum of local history. I ITALIAN INSTITUTE 82 Nicolson Street. 668 2232. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm (closed 1—3pm) Geollrey MacEwan Until 8 Nov. The Destruction of Troy. The Sonnets OI Cavalcanti and The Sign ofthe Serpent — imaginative and elaborate works by an Edinburgh printmaker inspired by Dante. I KINGFISHER GALLERY 5 Northumberland Street Lane. 557 5454. Mon—Fri 9.30am—4.30pm. Mary Louise Colouris: New Paintings Until 30 Oct. Solo exhibition by the artist chosen to represent Glasgow in Athens on
BEYOND THE PALE
Sandy Fraser with the portrait of his wile, Helen, that won hlm lirst prize in the Morrison Scottish Portrait Award.
Society of Scottish Artists at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Until 2 Nov.
There are a lot at white plastic buckets in this year’s Scottish Society of Artists exhibition at the RSA. They greet the visitor— strung up and sliced - as he ascends the staircase into Playlair‘s noble interiors, then they re-appear towards the rear ol the Academy. At the boisterous opening (the atmosphere was about as salubrious as Waverley Station when Ribs are playing), somebody asked it they were intended as sick receptacles. In fact they lorm part oi a tedious installation by a Dutch artist called Peter Geraedts. And there are other installations by continental
invitees which contrive to be just as passe, it not quite so unimaginative.
It is sad that the organisers could not have iound something more inspiring, lor the Society’s history ol introducing loreign talent to these shores is distinguished: in 1932 Edvard Munch (then generally unknown and, where known, thought to be controversial) was shown thanks to the younger MacTaggart’s Norwegian wile; later came German expressionists, the ecole de Paris and the American wild boys 01 the 50s. In the commemorative book which accompanies this centenary show, much is made at this record, although the Society’s main purpose has always been to allow unrecognised Scottish talent to be exhibited alongside established names. For the past twenty years most oi that unrecognised talent has remained just that, though the tradition among Scottish art college graduates oi contributing to the SSA has meant that anybody who has become anybody has taken part at some time or another.
Suttice it to say that the ‘lree-lor-all' raison d'étre ol the exhibition means that 90 per cent at the work included is weird, mannered, inconsequential, unresolved and unrewarding rubbish; to allude to the ten per cent which is not, would be to hold up to scorn those artists at quality who have so little sell-respect that they allow their work to be shown in such company. An historical section which features a host of the best-known names in late 19th and 20th century Scottish art- McTaggart, Guthrie, Hornet, Cowie, Redpath and Eardley— terms a poignant reminder ol the Society’s past glories.
As I Ielt, alter whatwill certainly be my only visit this year, 1 meta lriend who had come to top up his water sculpture. ‘l was amazed it was accepted. ldon't even consider mysell an artist,’ he chuckled. Time to wind up the society. (Andrew Gibbon Williams)
an exchange to celebrate the 1990 Yearof Culture. Some of the paintings on show were done during her (‘ireek sojourn.
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Stephen Clifton, Mo Farquharson, Andy Miller Mundy and Maggie Scott. L'ntil 2 November.
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- The best days of your life'.’ Toys. videos
and various kids‘ bits and pieces shed some light on how it was for everyone else. Now including a recent donation of Mexican Day ofthe Dead dolls.
; The Land at the Fairy Crane Until 7 Dec. An ' exhibition which looks at aspectsof
Japanese childhood — schooling. toys and pastimes and. the centrepiece ofthe show, a pair of spectacular ‘festival tents‘, lent by the Japanese Embassy.
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and Mateusz Fahrenholz Graham Muir
Mound . 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm: Sun 2-5pm.
The home of a fine collection of works. from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism. including Velazquez. El Greco. Rembrandt. Gainsborough. Degas. Van Gogh and Scottish C olourists. I NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George [V Bridge 226 4531. Mon—Fri 9.30am-8.30pm; Sat 9.30am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.
The Italian Scots Until 31 Oct. Coinciding with the launch of NLS‘s new archive on the history of Italian Scots. this exhibition 4 looks at ltalians‘ relationship with Scotland. from their arrival here in the 19th century — when many families created catering businesses now famous in Scotland — to the problems they faced when, on the outbreak of World War 11. they were classified as ‘enemy aliens'. and on to their reviving fortunes and contribution to modern society.
I NETHERBOW ARTS CENTRE 43 High Street. 5569579. Mon—Sat 10am—4.30pm. The Preacher and the Goldsmith Admission £1.20/£1/50p. Exhibition about next-door-neighbour. John Knox House 1490—1990.
I OPEN EYE GALLERY 75 Cumberland Street. 557 1020. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm. Sat 10am—4pm.
James McBey, Lucy Copelstone, Jack Firth and Jennie Hale Until 7 Nov. Prints. jewellery. paintings and ceramics respectively.
I PORTFOLIO GALLERY 43 Candlemaker Row. 220 1911. Tue—Sat noon—5.30pm. Lee Friedlander: Nudes Until 16 Nov. Friedlander‘s controversial series of Nudes has had European showings only in Paris and London. and includes portraits of Madonna. See feature.
I PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE Foot of the Royal Mile. 556 1096(visitor information).
Royal Residences at the Victorian Era Tue 29 Oct—21 Mar 1992. Twenty-eight watercolours from the library at Windsor Castle. commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to record interior views of the residences they occupied.
' I PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street. 556
8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. [D]. Cafe.
Scotland’s bonniest and beastliest monarchs. politicians. writers and artists— not to mention the footballers — and a very fine cafe to boot.
The Art at Jewellery in Scotland Until 3 Nov. £2(£1). Many a Scottish laird would have lost his tartan if it were not secured witha fine Cairngorm brooch. The exhibition also includes a cameo given to a supporter by Mary. Queen of Scots and a range of modern jewellery by Glasgow-based Peter Chang.
Los Todos Santeros: Photographs by Hans Namutb Until 3 Nov. A German-born photographer. Namuth first visited the remote Guatemalan village ofTodos Santeros in 1947. Thirty years later he returned to create a permanent