Leith Tonight was hosted by Jonathan Hartley (produced by Fin, bien sur). Podcast on its way …
Claudia Heide, Art Historian
First up, Claudia Heide. Dr to you. Not like, ‘I’ve got a lump’, but ‘How was Dali influenced by Goya’.
Claudia is an expert in Spanish Art, and in particular, the Alhambra-mania of the UK in the 19th century.
Such an interestin guest. We learnt that the romantic movement fell in luv with the exotic, irational, oriental, dilapidated Al-Hambra. And Islamic architecture in Spain has no domes. Minarettes, but no domes.
The British adventurers came to find the exotic, the other, and fell in love with Islamic Art (8th – 15th century Spain). She speaks Spanish, lived in Spain for 7 yrs, but German of origin. Lectures at the Ed Uni. I thought Jonathan was never going to let her go, him being such a hispanophile.
Her lecture “Alhambra-mania in Britain” is at National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Hawthorndon Lecture Theatre, 12.45 hr, 8th September. Check http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibition/5:368/6532
Ian Reddie, Artist
Next came cheeky Ian Reddie. He’s not really cheeky, but his photo makes him look like a wee imp.
He’s been painting for 3 years, after a 25 year break from art college. “I wanted to start painting when I finally had something to say”. His solo show runs until Tuesday 15 September.
Michael Maclennon, Singer-Songwriter
Christina Jensen, Director of The Scottish Gallery
Finally, Jonathan finished the show with Christina Jensen.
Christina is Director of Scottish Gallery in Dundas St in charge of ‘Objects’ and in particular, the new exhibition Colour Vision opening on Wednesday. In other words, not only hot, but smart n arty.
Onyhoo, Christina is curating Colour Vision, the contemporary glass exhibition at The Scottish Gallery from 9 September – 3 October. She even brought an object along, made by Richard Jackson. She held on to it tightly but Momo (giving technical assistance) kept moving it around to make sure the webcam picked it up, much to Christina’s alarm, as she valiantly continued the interview between clenched teeth, snatching it back … sorry, I’m exagerating …
Seriously beautiful pieces. Check them out onhttp://www.scottish-gallery.co.uk/pages/artists.aspx?categoryID=3
Thus ended another terrific show. Next one being lined up as we speak. Got any suggestions? Comments? Guest suggestions? We are regularly on Sundays and Mondays for September on
www.leithfm.co.uk/listen or 98.8 FM if yer local to Edinburgh.
Here’s some more photos for yer scrap book