Canon and Gender

Canon and Gender

Recently, Dublin gallery-owner Oliver Sears was interviewed by the paper I write for regarding his display of Irish art in a pop-up gallery in a Georgian house in London. He outlined to The Sunday Times the laudable motives behind this bold and expensive move: “People...
The Artist’s Eye – Hunt Museum

The Artist’s Eye – Hunt Museum

Painter Donald Teskey’s consummate selection of thirty works from 3,000 strong AIB Collection is a mini masterclass in contemporary Irish art. Whether by coincidence or design, some of the best pieces date from 2007, including Diana Copperwhite’s superb Sleeping...

Alice Maher – Cell

A re-making of a sculpture first produced for a show at Kilmainham Jail in 1991, this giant ball of still-green brambles fills the room with the smell of fresh-cut ditches. It barely fits the space, a confined bundle of energy, prickly determination and unexpected...

Alice Maher – Becoming

In 2002 Johnny Cash recorded the Nine Inch Nails song, Hurt. The lyrics include a devastating promise, a cross between an apology and a threat: “And you could have it all/My empire of dirt/I will let you down/I will make you hurt.” It’s a sobering opening...

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