If I lived in Glasgow, I’d gather whatever grandchildren were
available and go to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum every
Saturday. One could easily spend the day there, including having
lunch at the well-stocked serve yourself café. It’s not just paintings
either—there are stuffed animal exhibits–natural history displays,
daily concerts, etc.
We admired the gardens and then ascended the wide steps to the
music of a piano—which we saw outside on the stone entryway
and some teenagers were playing it gleefully.
This was our introduction to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and
there is a generous display of his furniture and design plans. I know
you’ve seen and heard about him on the Antiques Road Show.
And one room had early fashions—-do I see embroidered buttons!!
But even better than that, (if that is
possible!) was the introduction to the “Glasgow Boys”.
This was a group of men, artists, about 20 of them, who worked in the
early days of Glasgow setting forth a new way of painting.
Of course it won’t do YOU any good to “touch the photo” because
this is just a photo of the museum placard. I’m not that savvy to
transfer the technology!
This was my favorite painting by a Glasgow Boy –by John Lavery
–isn’t it beautiful?
This is what we had wanted—to know Scottish artists better. We
could have spent the whole day studying those paintings. We did
spend hours there—for there was plenty to see on three levels. And
MacHalf bought the museum catalog about the Glasgow Boys.
Another favorite of mine was this offbeat modern painting–the artist is
recalling the day his mother’s display cabinet fell over and most of
the best dishes were smashed. The frame is separated and the painting
skewed—you can feel how upset everyone must have been. I like
paintings that I’ll remember a while!
On a different day we went to the GoMA–The Glasgow Gallery of
Modern Art. This grand building is blessed with a huge statue of
guess who!—-The Duke of Wellington!—I told you he’s everywhere!
This statue sports a traffic cone. According to the Hop On/Hop Off
–see Glasgow!–tour guide, the police keep removing the traffic cone,
but the “youngsters” of Glasgow replace it every night. Ho-ho-ho.
I won’t keep you much longer here. But let me mention two
exhibits–first that of Moyna Flannigan . . .you won’t like her, and
I don’t know if I like her, but her work is striking:
But best, best, best of all, was going up another level, walking
down the hall and entering this room: (click to enlarge)
Nathan Coley made all of these churches from cardboard
stock—each church selected as being listed in the 2004 yellow
pages telephone directory in Edinburgh. I love innovative art
like this. I love it.