Richard Demarco's countdown to 80
The Edinburgh institution that is Ricky Demarco continues to blow like a hurricane through Auld Reekie. Marking the 40th anniversary of Telford College, Demarco has put on an exhibition, which opened last night, of items from his Demarco European Art Foundation. It includes posters, drawings, pastels, designs and sculpture dating from both the past and the present.
The twists and turns, highs and - dare I say it - lows, of Demarco’s contributions are many and varied. What can never be in question are his internationalism, commitment to art and artists and his boundless energy. How many can say they have attended every Edinburgh Festival since its inception? Demarco's focus now is the countdown to the events planned for his 80th birthday in July 2010.
Demarco, fittingly for an exhibition in the ‘North Edinburgh’ home of Telford, includes a plan of his own from the early 1970’s for galleries on the Edinburgh waterfront linked via a tram system. A huge poster image of Joseph Beuys dominates one end of the gallery as a reminder of the breadth of his outlook. The exhibition includes untitled works from his collection alongside works from current students to drive home his commitment to both the current 21st Century generation and the future – a point he makes repeatedly. This is no retrospective.
Perhaps by the end of the countdown, the elusive home he seeks for his Foundation will have become a reality. North Edinburgh seems to be beckoning.
Telford College, 350 West Granton Rd, Edinburgh E5 1QE. 0131 559 4000. Open till March (end date to be confirmed)