The McManus in Dundee is staging two exhibitions of Scottish paintings from
the city’s fine art collection.
Out Of The Frame: Scottish Abstraction (until April 23) showcases Scottish artists, from the early protagonist (1915-97) to the contemporary painter, who have turned their back on realistic representation, focusing instead on colour, shape, form and gestural marks. Featured artists include William Gear RA RBSA, Wilhelmina Barns- Graham, Callum Innes and Victoria Morton, whose three works are the city’s latest ne art acquisitions.
Sense of Place: Twentieth Century Scottish Painting (until the end 2017) focuses on landscapes, starting with the pioneering work of the Glasgow Boys who, inspired by the French practice, left their studios to paint ‘en plein air’. With this new spirit of naturalism, artists were able to capture the ever-changing effects of light and the weather. The exhibition also includes vibrant, colourful paintings by the Scottish Colourists, inter-war works by the likes of William McCance and William Johnstone and contemporary artists such as Graeme Todd, whose work borders on abstraction.