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 www.imma.ie 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.
Opening on the 11th October and running until 30th March, the Chester Beatty Library www.cbl.ie 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 www.galleryofphotography.ie 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.
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 www.rhagallery.ie until the 20th December. Other artists exhibiting at the Royal Hibernian are Tony O'Malley, Bennie Reilly, Joanna Kidney, Marlene McCarty and Natasja Kensmil.
Tony O'Malley Bennie Reilly Joanna Kidney
Marlene McCarty Natasja Kensmil
Get out there and enjoy some great art!