Monday, September 12, 2011

Dublin Contemporary 2011 - Iveagh Gardens In Dublin

A NEW VISUAL arts exhibition has opened in Dublin which features over 90 artists from five continents.

A major exhibition called The Office of Non-Compliance is housed in Earlsfort Terrace and I hope to publish some photographs later this week. The Iveagh Gardens are being transformed into a sculpture garden throughout the six-week event and I took the opportunity to photograph some go them. I assume that more are to be added, I will check on a regular basis.


The title and theme of Dublin Contemporary 2011 is Terrible Beauty—Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance. Taken from William Butler Yeats’ famous poem “Easter, 1916”, the exhibition’s title borrows from the Irish writer’s seminal response to turn-of-the-century political events to site art’s underused potential for commenting symbolically on the world’s societal, cultural and economic triumphs and ills.

The second part of the exhibition’s title underscores Dublin Contemporary 2011’s emphasis on art that captures the spirit of the present time, while introducing the exhibition’s chief organizational engine: The Office of Non-Compliance. Headed up by Dublin Contemporary 2011 lead curators Jota Castro (artist/curator) and Christian Viveros-Fauné (critic/curator), The Office of Non-Compliance will function as a collaborative agency within Dublin Contemporary 2011, establishing creative solutions for real or symbolic problems that stretch the bounds of conventional art experience.

Venues and Programme

The main exhibition hub at Earlsfort Terrace, former home of University College Dublin, will provide a range of unusual spaces for mini solo exhibitions that range from large-scale installations to smaller intimate hangings. The Office of Non-Compliance, located within the Earlsfort Terrace exhibition site, will function as a promoter of ideas around a laundry list of non-conformist art proposals. This element of the exhibition will include ad-hoc, accessible structures for discourse around art and its place in society.

Extending its reach across the city, Dublin Contemporary 2011 will partner with four important Dublin galleries: The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The National Gallery of Ireland and The Royal Hibernian Academy.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane will present a retrospective of the work of renowned Irish artist Willie Doherty. An exhibition of American painter Alice Neel’s striking, psychologically penetrating portraits will take place at The Douglas Hyde Gallery.

The National Gallery of Ireland will host works by a number of international artists as well as a new commission by the distinguished Irish artist Brian O’Doherty. The Royal Hibernian Academy will host an exhibition of works by American painter Lisa Yuskavage and a new commission by Irish artist James Coleman.

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