From an Irish perspective, William Crozier is mainly recognized for the vibrant landscapes he painted at his home in West Cork toward the end of his life. Bright pallets and large canvases are familiar to the public, as well as … Continue reading “An incredibly moving experience”: William Crozier’s The Edge of the Landscape @ IMMA Kylie McBride identifies Crozier as an important figure in both Irish art and contemporary art on a larger scale.
Scandal sells, and many key figures in the art world never resent promoting themselves through polemic, especially not Anish Kapoor. For the British superstar sculptor, not a year goes by without its matching heated controversy. In 2015, Kapoor was highly … Continue reading Paint it Black – Amish Kapoor and the extremes of colour Lucie Rondeau du Noyer discusses the ownership of colour in the world of art
Winged figures, blood-drenched landscapes, crucifixions; IMMA’s retrospective of the work of William Crozier (1930-2011) is that of the apocalypse, stripped of its religiosity and set in rural Ireland. Crozier is best known for his lyrical landscapes of his home in … Continue reading William Crozier’s Edge of the Landscape @ IMMA // Review by Stacey Wrenn Crozier’s exhibition at IMMA offers something new in contemporary art.
Although Dave McKean’s name may not be familiar, his work probably is. He’s the concept artist behind the Dementors in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban — arguably his work is the main reason why this is the aesthetically … Continue reading Artists on the Margins – Dave McKean Choy-Ping Clarke Ng discusses the value of McKean’s artwork in November’s instalment of ‘Artists on the Margins’.
It’s difficult to discuss what makes art valuable and whether that value is natural or artificial, because there is no broad consensus on what art is, or how we determine what is art and what is not. The physical value … Continue reading Art: Value and Worth But what is it that transforms a hundred euros of supplies into a hundred million euros of art?
●●●●○ Despite his status as creator of Ireland’s most beloved painting, Irish nineteenth-century watercolourist Frederic William Burton is often a forgotten figure. While The Meeting on the Turret Stairs has been widely acclaimed, his other works evoke significantly less recognition. The … Continue reading Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art The National Gallery of Ireland’s latest major exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to discover the impressive career of this home-grown talent, alongside works of friends, contemporaries and masters.
●●●●○ If visited in a rush, Beyond the Three Perfections, running in the Coach House of Dublin Castle Gardens until December 8th, seems utterly conventional. Sponsored by the Office of Public Works, featuring President Higgins’ verses and aimed at celebrating … Continue reading Beyond the Three Perfections – review Linking poetry, calligraphy and painting.
Initially a model for famed surrealist Man Ray, Lee Miller became an established photographer whose innovative works were both inspired by and in conflict with Surrealism, a movement which has long been criticised for its objectification of women. The fact … Continue reading Artists on the Margins: Lee Miller and the Gendered Canon Despite being a successful photographer, with a vast portfolio, Miller’s own own achievements were repeatedly eclipsed by the presence of the men in her life.
●●●●○ The futility of war is a common theme in the Irish gallery scene at the moment. Both the Chester Beatty Library and the National Gallery of Ireland are hosting exhibitions depicting the repercussions of ‘men fighting for glory’. Life, … Continue reading Käthe Kollwitz’s “Life, Death and War” The National Gallery’s exhibition serves as an overview of Käthe Kollwitz’s career spanning across three rooms, which contain her early sketches alongside some of her more controversial projects.
●●●●● Art that claims to tackle the big issues facing society is nothing new. However, in the rush to inform and highlight, the true power behind the works can be diminished. It is too often the case that art of … Continue reading Potent Imagery: the 8×8 “Freedom” Exhibition The real power of the exhibition lies in the immediacy of its imagery.
●●●○○ The Museum of Modern Comedy in Art (MoMCo), currently located in the Project Arts Centre, describes itself as “either an artwork in the guise of a speculative museum, or a museum dressed up as a contemporary installation.” Presented as … Continue reading Good Punchline, Poor Delivery: Museum of Modern Comedy in Art For a collection that claims to question the ‘surgical’ treatment of modern art, it doesn’t diverge greatly from what you might expect from a typical contemporary art show: high ideas, inaccessible language, and a repetitive video section.
●●●●○ While much of the recent coverage surrounding the National Gallery of Ireland has centred on the remodelling and re-opening of the old wing and the much lauded Vermeer exhibition, a smaller and humbler affair resides, for a short period … Continue reading Forgotten Faces What ties the portraits together to create the exhibition at the National Gallery is the lack of a story behind each portrait.