An exhibition that celebrates well known Glasgow artist Alasdair Gray’s view of his own city will open at the Gallery of Modern Art on Saturday (August 27). This exhibition presents a large selection of the artworks by Alasdair Gray owned by Glasgow Museums. A selection of artworks from the Videonale.13 Festival for Contemporary Video Art, 2011 – the 13th edition of a biennial exhibition and festival held in Bonn, which have been chosen by the festival’s curator, Georg Elben, also opens to the public at GoMA on Saturday.
Alasdair Gray: City Recorder begins with printed illustrations relating to Gray’s most famous novel, Lanark: A Life in Four Books. The exhibition also focuses on the City Recorder series, a large body of work that Gray created as an ‘artist recorder’ for the City of Glasgow in 1977. It includes paintings, drawings and collages and forms a unique portrait of the city at that time. These works were commissioned for Glasgow Museums by Elspeth King who was Curator at the People’s Palace. They explore the social history of Glasgow and other works from the series can be seen at the People’s Palace.
Videonale has been running for 27 years and is characteristically international and topical in scope and content. It demonstrates the quality and variety of work being produced and highlights shared interests in content and working methods. It has remained engaged with the changing nature of the production, content and display of video art, particularly in relation to the impact of the internet. For this year’s festival the curator and jury had to select from more than 1,700 applications by artists from more than 70 countries.
Councillor George Redmond, Chair of Glasgow Life said: “Alasdair Gray is one of Glasgow’s best known artists and this exhibition celebrates his view of his home city in 1977 when Glasgow was undergoing huge change. It features the vast majority of his work held in Glasgow’s Museums Collection and is a vivid celebration of this prolific artist.”