Art: Private View: George Wyllie Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London W1
Saturday 24 April 1999
Wyllie is well-known in Scotland where his pronouncements appear regularly in the popular press. Works like the giant straw locomotive that he suspended over the Glasgow Garden Festival, or the 80ft paper boat which he set sail from the Clyde to New York, have an enduring place in the visual memory of the nation, yet there's nothing of his work in the major public collections and he rarely appears in surveys of sculpture today.
It's a shame, because he is a philosopher as well as a joker, a bit of a poet and always an artist. He makes things wherever he goes and a good number of them linger in the imagination long after the event. The current exhibition "Air and Stone and all that's in between" is a sort of retrospective, as well as introducing some new work that suggests a mind that's as fresh as ever.
`George Wyllie', Rebecca Hossack Gallery, 35 Windmill Street, London W1 (0171-436 4899) to 22 May
And why are 'southern' ways of speaking spreading north?
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