Tuesday, 13 July 2010


The top image is the catalogue cover for an exhibition of modern art called "Art Spectrum", which took place in Dundee on 28th August to 11th September 1971.
This was 1 of 7 regional exhibitions which had been organised to run simultaneously throughout all of the UK under the same Art Spectrum banner, the idea behind it being to gauge what was happening in the art scene outside of London, then to select artwork from the 1971 shows to feature in a major exhibition of British Contemporary Art planned for London's Hayward Gallery in summer 1972.
Dundee was part of the Art Spectrum Scotland region, which included stop-offs at Aberdeen and Glasgow.
The show in Dundee showcased around 30 Scottish artists, each exhibiting 4 works.
So to give you an example of the catalogue content, I've plucked out a piece on Dundee artist James Howie, who's 4 works were painted the same year. Unfortunately, all the images in the catalogue are in black & white, but anyway the one above is called "Island".
You can read a brief overview of Jimmy's career above, which includes many exhibitions around the world, a stint as lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone, and he has also been the subject of a TV documentary called "Private View", an episode of BBC's "Monitor" art series broadcast in 1960.
Click onto image to read the enlarged version.


  1. See Howie was at John Moores in Livepool 1957, think John Lennon and Stu Suttcliffe were students there at that time.

  2. Here is Jimmy in the Monitor episode "Private View" 1960 http://youtu.be/A5qKgYgRvPA

  3. Excellent, Mike.
    Never thought I'd ever see that!!
    Thanks a lot.