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October 1985

Editorial, advertising, subscriptions: 36 Great Russell St, London WC!B 3PP. Telephone: 01-580 4168 Subscription rate s: UK £9.00 including p&p (10 issues per annum); Europe outside UK, add £1.50 for postage ; outside Europe, US$25 airmail or equivalent. Editors: Peter Townsend , Jack Wendler; EditoriaUsubscription: Lettie Woods ; Advertising/distribution: Nell Wendler; Listings/salerooms: Margaret Garlake. Layout: Geoff Jenkins.

Contents Page Two: Fond Memories of an Awkward Man Jon Thompson 2 A Letter from Derek Boshier Marco Livingstone 3 Exhibitions: The Edinburgh Festival Peter HillS Evelyn Williams Fay Brauer 7 Les Levine Michael Archer 8 Performances in Yorkshire Roland Miller 9 Jean-Charles Blais!Vera Cunningham/ Eddie Chambers Margaret Garlake 11 Artnotes 12 Correspondence Ronald Alley , Ian Tregarthen J e nkin, Pauline Smith 16BooksDesignforthe4th World Peter Dormer 17 R. B. Katij James Aulich 18 Well, Dearie! The Letters of Edward Burra Col in Cruise 18 Kurt Schwitters Frank Whitford 20 Polemics R eading Writing Alan Shipway and Ian Edmonds 21 Artists Books Cathy Courtney 25 Video Michael O'Pray26 Moving Pictures Kevin Gough- Yates 28 Salerooms Margaret Garlake 30 Artlaw Henry Lydiate 32

Contributors Marco Livings tone is Deputy Director at the Museum of Modern Art , Oxford. . Fay Brauer is a lect urer in Art History. . Jon Thompson is an artist who te aches at Goldsmiths College. . James Aulich is researchin g the work of R.B. Kit aj. . Co l in Crui se is researching th e work of Edward Burra

. Michae l Archer is a writer and works with Audio Arts. . Alan Shipway and I an Edmondsare with Recess ion Pictures. Peter Hill is a painter and lecturer l ivin g in Edinburgh . . . Roland Miller is a performance artist . . . Cathy Courtney is a writer.

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ARTS CHANNEL, the cable TV channel devoted to the arts and backed by TV South, W. H. Smith, Equity & Law and Commercial Union, was launched in the last week of September. Among i ts directors are Mr Humphrey Lyttleton and Mr Michael Blakemore. i t is available to viewers on WK cable systems, and operators will pay only one penny a day for each subscriber to have the channel, but as yet only a l imited number of areas are able to receive the programmes (e.g. Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Swindon). Next year the programmes will go out by satellite, and be fed to satellite or satellite-fed networks in Europe. The programme will eventually comprise four hours of viewing, but at present Arts Channel is cycling a two-and-a-quarter hour programme of opera, ballet, drama, classical music, jazz and the visual arts. Of this about four-fifths are bought in, and one-fifth is made at the company's studio on a Welsh industrial estate (programmes are made on video f i lm for about £5,000 an hour); the percentage of homemade programming is expected to rise to 50 per cent by 1987 as the cash f low increases . The programme may also be bought in its entirety by a Japanese concern; the most l ikely contender is Mitsubishi . Among visual arts programmes planned for the Channel are: a four-times-a-week news programme covering openings, new exhibitions and galleries, etc.; a twice-weekly art books review conducted by Nicholas Penney and Frank Whitford; an art quiz, entitled 'In The Picture', chaired by Bernard Levin; a series on collectors and their collections (e.g. Mr Costakis); f i lms on,e.g. de Kooning, Matisse, Frieda Kahlo, Keith Vaughan; a series on techniques; a programme on the art and architecture of country houses. Most visual arts material will go out on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition, starting next spring, i t is proposed to devote certain weeks to the art of one country. The f i rst country to benefit from this ' in depth' treatment will probably be Japan.

MA RICHARD LUCE, the new Arts Minister, unlike his predecessor Lord Gowrie, has had l i t t le direct involvement with the arts. His aides, when telephoned by Art Monthly, were hard putto uncover anything remotely in that line. Had he never been on any arts committees or in arts-related activities. 'No, he doesn't have t ime . He's a busy man. He worked at the Foreign Office '. Does he have any arts hobbies, practised, perhaps on Saturdays? 'Oh no, on Saturdays he is too busy looking after his constituents'. His constituents l ive in Shoreham, Sussex. He was educated at Wellington College and Christ's, Cambridge, where he took a history degree. After working in Kenya, in banking (he was with Glynn Mills) and, from 1974, as Parliamentary Secretary to Sir Geoffrey Howe, he was made Minister of State at the Foreign Office in 1981 . Mr Luce is also Minister for the Civil Service , but does not have a Cabinet rank (as did Lord Gowrie). He recently stated that ' there is no prospect of my being able to deliver from central Government funds the sort of growth which many in the arts are seeking'.

ARTSCRIBE has been bought, and with i t its editor and managing editor, Matthew Collings and Simon Vaughan Winter respectively. Renamed Artscribe International, i t will appear every two months, and its next issue, December/January (its latest issue is September/October, which appeared in the second half of September), states a Press release, will have 'an increase in the number of pages to 92, with full colour editorial and advertising and a substantial international distribution'. We understand the 'angels' to be a Mr and Mrs Butler, retired Americans l iving in Kensington, who made their money from oil and property . The other U.K. art heavyweight, Studio International, is also, of course, dependent upon an American, Dr Sachler, the Valium magnate and owner of a string of medical magazines.

LATE ITEMS For £1 ,200 plus VAT you can now attend two-month courses on 20th c. art addressed by such distinguished authorities as Sir Hugh Casson, Prof. Ouentin Bell, George Melly, Prof. Christopher Frayling, Mary-Rose Beaumont, Charles Jencks, Richard Cork, Paul Overy, the Tate's Richard Francis , Lynne Cooke, Jill Lloyd and a host of others. Courtesy Bonhams, auctioneers, and Montpelier Studio, private gallery. For £900 plus VAT you can study 'Artists at Work'. lnfo from Mrs Helen Frayling on 01-584 0667 . . . . Convicted murderer Hugh Collins's statue of the Risen Christ, broken when released from Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow, and now repaired, is on its way again searching for a permanent home. The Church which commissioned i t turned i t down. Richard Demarco offered i t a permanent site. Mrs Bettie Ferrie, the artist's mother took delivery of it. And, reported The Guardian, two Lanarkshire businessmen who trailed the statue in a blue Rolls Royce after i t came over the wall of the prison, are also claiming ownership on the grounds that they have put down an advance payment of £500 for i t with the prisoner. They say a New York dealer has offered £10,000 . . . . BP is sponsoring the major showing of Howard Hodgkin's exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, an exhibition which marks the opening of the resplendent refurbished gallery (to be covered in our next issue). This is the f i rst big show of Hodgkin's work here since 1976....£10,000 award made to Tate under Minister for the Arts ' Business Sponsorship Incentive Scheme (administered by Assoc. for Bu s iness Sponsorship of Arts). Award relates to sponsorship by Gerald Metals Ltd. of three-year series of exhibs. in Gallery of New Art . Four exhibs will be arranged in each of three years . Next is Scott Burton, American sculptor, opening Sept 25.... El Salvador Solidarity Mural inaugurated Oct 5 at Macey House, Meridian Estate, Creek Road (Horseferry Place), Greenwich. Painted on wall 45ft. high and 30ft. wide. Funded by GLC Community Arts Committee.... First stage of Triskel Art Centre, Cork, opened last month. In 18th century warehouse. Financed by Cork Corporation and local national businesses. Will hou se and service f i lm, jazz and folk festivals, and provide exhibition space for major visual arts exhibs.

LATE LISTINGS London: Bloomsbury Galleries, Bedford Way, WC1, Society of Wood Engravers and Relief Printing s 48th exhibition of wood engravers and colour prints, Oct 4-24. Brazilian Centre Gallery, 15 Berkeley Street, W1 . Carlos Martins Engravings, Oct 15-31 . Christopher Hull Gallery: Sarah Rachael to Oct 26. Earthworks, 132 King St, W6: Wendy Northcott, painting ; Charles Farina , sculpture, to Oct 19. Gallery 24: Sophie de Stem pie, from Oct 8. Nick Dean s, from Oct 22 . 1nstitute of Education: Janina Baranowska, to Oct 17 . Society of Wood Engravers & Relief Printers, to Oct 24. James Birch Fine Art, 98 Waterford Road SW6. Luciana Martinex de la Rosa Oct 11 -Nov 3. Matt's Gallery: 10 Martello St, E8, 249 3799: David Troostwyk, anaglyphic paintings & other works, Oct 14-29. Showroom Gallery: 44 Bonner Rd . E2. Jill Smith and Lynne Wood Oct 21 -31. Studio Gallery: 50 Caledonian Rd N1. Ray Elton, images in oil Oct 24-Nov 2. REGIONAL Birmingham: Midland Arts Centre, Canon Hill Park. Juginder Lamba and Lubaina Himid, Cominations, Oct 4-27. Carmarthen: Museum, Towy Pottery, Clare & Bill Marno, Oct 5-Nov 2. Frome: Merlin Theatre, Rod Hill Oct 27-Nov 24. Guildford: Harvey Road Gallery, Jane Allison, Hoshi Jila, John Freeman Oct 21 -26. Manchester: Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford St: 'Human Interest', 50 years of Briti sh art about people, to Nov 17. Newcastle: Hatton Gallery, University, James Dodds, John Atkin , to Nov 2. Polytechn ic Gallery, Library Building, Sandyford Rd: Jewellery & Silver-smithing by graduates from 23 colleges, Oct 8-Nov 1. Sheffield, Polytechnic, Psalter Lane: Percy Peacock , to Oct 30.

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