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Monday, 1 March 2010
Gallery Round Up @ 27/2/10
Clockwise from left, Dundee '50's Children by Iain Macmillan, John & Yoko in New York by Iain Macmillan, Stevie Wonder by Iain Macmillan and Sutherland Bay by Liz Knox
I usually write about three exhibitions in this section of the Herald every second week. In last Saturday's Herald, one was cut out, but in the copy which follows, I'm including it, as I love the work of Liz Knox, an artist I've got to know through working on The Aspect Prize (Liz won the first ever Aspect Prize back in 2003).
For more info on her work, see www.lizknox.com
Gallery Round Up
FROM DUNDEE TO ABBEY ROAD: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF IAIN MACMILLAN
Discovery Point Gallery
Discovery Quay, Dundee
Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm (Sun 11am)
From today until June 3
For all the pushy creatives in the world who clamber to the top of their chosen field through sheer perseverance and an uncanny knack for self-promotion, there are just as many talented individuals out there content just to get on with their work and let it speak for itself.
Iain Macmillan was one such man, and this exhibition in his home town sets out to bring his work the attention it deserves.
Dundee-born Macmillan, who died in 2006, at the age of 67, was the trainee manager in a jute factory who went on to create the famous images of the 1960s - the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album.
On August 8, 1969, Macmillan snapped six shots of the Beatles as they walked over the zebra crossing near the EMI Studios. One of the photographs became the image we all know, but this exhibition will showcase for the first time all six original photographs. The chosen image, it turns out, was the only one with their legs in perfect formation.
Macmillan consorted and photographed the most influential figures of the 1960s. He was so friendly with John Lennon and Yoko Ono that he stayed with them for long periods in New York. They collaborated on several projects, with Macmillan designing the cover for the couple’s single Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (1971), in which he (pre-Photoshop) morphed photographs of John and Yoko together.
His assignments with Tatler, the Sunday Times and Harpers & Queen led to him photographing celebrities such as Pete Townshend, Brian Jones, Stevie Wonder, Twiggy, Floyd Paterson, Bridget Riley, Maggie Smith and Donald Sutherland.
There was much more to Macmillan though than his celebrity portraits, as this exhibition reveals. Also on display here are his powerful images of Dundee tenements and street scenes from the late 1950s, as well as hauntingly beautiful evocations around ‘Swinging’ London in the 1960s.
EXHIBITION OF SMALL WORKS OF ART BY GSWA
118 Douglas Street, Glasgow
0141 248 6386
Mon-Fri, 10.30am-5pm (Thurs, 6pm). Sat 10.30-1pm
From Monday until March 13
Acronyms are a hazard of all walks of life and the art world is no exception. In the world of instant information gathering, anyone who Googled GSWA hoping to find a group of Glasgow-based lady artists might be alarmed to see they are being directed to the New Jersey-based Great Swamp Watershed Association.
Apart from a four-year blip in the 1970s during which it fell into abeyance, the Glasgow Society of Women Artists has been actively promoting the work of women artists in the west of Scotland since 1882.
Currently with a membership of around 140 artists and 40 lay members, the group was started up by a group of eight artists who were the first female students at the Glasgow School of Art (then housed in the Corporation Galleries, Sauchiehall Street and now part of the McLellan Galleries).
Originally known as The Glasgow Society of Lady Artists, the original eight artists were soon joined by others equally keen to see proper recognition of women in the field of art and related studies.
Ground-breakers with real entrepreneurial zeal, by 1885 sufficient money had been saved to allow the women to buy a house at No. 5 Blythswood Square. This was the first Women Artists’ Residential Club in Great Britain and was known as The Glasgow Society of Lady Artists' Club.
Times have changed, and groups such as this are trying their level best to move accordingly. This selling exhibition of painting, sculpture, ceramics, textile art and jewellery is a fantastic opportunity to check out the range of talent which still exists in their ranks.
GSWA member, the Patricia Cain, awarded the Aspect Prize earlier this year for her powerful studies of buildings under construction, will be exhibiting some of the work which won her this prestigious award.
Inverarity One to One Glasgow
185a Bath Street, Glasgow
0141 221 5121
Liz Knox, who won the first ever Aspect Prize back in 2003 and who also happens to be an elected member of GSWA, is Scottish artist whose thoughtful, colour saturated work has a growing army of fans.
Each of her paintings is a vivid storyboard of a moment in time, be it a still life or one of her seascapes, which are not so well known, but possess the same sense of question-provoking narrative.
For this small exhibition in Glasgow’s art-loving wine store, Inverarity One To One, Knox will be showing a mixture of seascapes, such as the gorgeous Night Sea (pictured) and still lifes, including the large painting, Miscellaneous Notions - which graces the March page of Inverarity’s 2010 calendar.
There is something about this vaulted space under Glasgow’s historic Art Club which suits Knox’s contemplative paintings, which are rich in colour and perfectly composed. Nothing is left to chance in a Liz Knox painting. As she says herself, the story which the viewer finds may be a different one to the story she herself had in mind at its creation. Therein lies its uniqueness. She may have imitators, but her work is the real deal.
Knox, who studied under Robin Philipson and David Michie at Edinburgh College of Art, discovered she had won the Aspect Prize on the same day she decided to give up her lecturing job, is currently President of Paisley Art Institute.