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DUBLIN CONTEMPORARY AT VARIOUS VENUES

Alice Neel, Richard at Age 5, 1945, oil on canvas. Copyright Estate of Alice Neel. Photo credit: Malcom Varon. (Click on image to enlarge).

Dublin Contemporary, one of the most ambitious art exhibitions ever staged in Ireland, runs over the next eight weeks. It features paintings, sculpture, photography, installation art, performance art, videos and 12 street artists.

Willie Doherty, Dead Pool II, 2011, c-print, mounted on aluminium. Courtesy of the Kerlin Gallery. (Click on image to enlarge).

The former university site at Earlsfort Terrace is the hub and other venues include the Iveagh Gardens, the Douglas Hyde Gallery, the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and the Royal Hibernian Academy.  It features new and recent works from artists including Willie Doherty, Dexter Dalwood, Jim Lambie, Thomas Hirschhorn and Teresa Margolles.
There is a Willie Doherty retrospective at the Dublin City Gallery, an exhibition of American painter Alice Neel at the Douglas Hyde Gallery and works by international artists and a new commission by the Irish artist Brian O’Doherty at the National Gallery. There is work by American painter Lisa Yuskavage and  a new commission by Irish artist James Coleman at the RHA.
The Dublin Contemporary theme is Terrible Beauty—Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance.  Work by over 90 international and Irish artists is on show at multiple locations in Dublin until October 31. Curated by New York-based curator and writer, Christian Viveros-Fauné, and Franco-Peruvian artist and curator, Jota Castro, the title is taken from William Butler Yeats’s poem, Easter, 1916.  The plan is to hold Dublin Contemporary every five years.

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