Sunday, September 8, 2013

Autumn is Here! Art in Dublin.

We've had a "Long Hot Summer", but unlike Paul Weller's lyrics it did not pass us by. Dubliners got out there in their thousands attending festivals, visiting beaches, lazing in parks and just generally making the most of the good weather. We all look better for it, but with the rain this weekend we are starting to think it may now be over. Autumn is a great time to visit Dublin's galleries; walking the streets is comfortable enough in the cooler weather and you don't feel guilty about being indoors.

Opening on the 18th September at IMMA is a new exhibition of the works of surrealist Leonora Carrington. Running until 26th January, this is the first major retrospective of her work in Ireland.
Leonora Carrington, Ulu's Pants, 1952, Oil and tempera on panel, 55 x 91 cm, Private Collection, © Estate of Leonora Carrington / ARS

Opening on the 11th October and running until 30th March, the Chester Beatty Library has a new exhibition for autumn. Costumes Parisiens consists of fashion plates from 1912 to 1914 taken from Journal des Dames et des Modes.

The Gallery of Photography is always worth a visit and a new exhibition opened on 24th August which runs until 1st October. Mark Curran's The Market takes floor stock traders from around the world as its subjects.

Despite the ongoing renovations in the old building of the National Gallery at Merrion Square, new exhibitions continue via the Clare Street entrance. August saw the opening of The World of Performance which is on until 8th December in Room 1. An exhibition dedicated to works portraying ballet, theatre and opera. Also still running until the end of September is Shades of Grey; painting without colour in Room 13.
The World of Performance   Shades of Grey

I'm a great fan of the work of Stephen Brandes who has exhibited widely but whom I first saw in the Douglas Hyde gallery. His work can be seen in the foyer of the Royal Hibernian Academy until the 20th December. Other artists exhibiting at the Royal Hibernian are Tony O'Malley, Bennie Reilly, Joanna Kidney, Marlene McCarty and Natasja Kensmil.
12. Stephen Brandes August_27th Stephen Brandes

09. Tony O’Malley, Crooked CircleBennie Reilly_Brolly Bat13. Joanna Kidney MAIN
Tony O'Malley                          Bennie Reilly                            Joanna Kidney

Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 10.27.451   Natasja Kensmil, Elizabeth I, 2009, Oil on Canvas,  200cm x 200cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie Paul Andriesse
Marlene McCarty                         Natasja Kensmil

Get out there and enjoy some great art!

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