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IMMA seeking to locate three key works for forthcoming Barrie Cooke exhibition

PRESS RELEASE – 31 January 2011

Following the launch of the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s programme for this its 20th anniversary year, the hunt is on for three key paintings by the distinguished Irish artist Barrie Cooke. The Museum wishes to include the paintings in a major exhibition of Cooke’s work, being organised to celebrate his 80th birthday and opening to the public on 15 June next.

IMMA is appealing to collectors and members of the gallery-going public in an effort to locate three nude paintings all completed in the 1980s. They are Hibernia Gloriosa Californiensis (1986), 140 x 140 cm; Nude with TV (1987), 144 x 144 cm; and Orange/Yellow Nude, (1988/9), 92 x 122 cm. The works were sold via the Hendricks Gallery, which represented the artist at the time but which has since closed.
The exhibition includes some 70 paintings and sculptural works from the early 1960s to date. It draws on IMMA’s own significant holding of his works, including Slow Dance Forest Floor (1976); Megaceros Hibernicus (1983) and Electric Elk (1996), as well as on loans from various private and institutional collections.

For further information and images please contact Vanessa Cowley or Patrice Molloy at Tel: + 353 1 612 9900; Email: [email protected]

31 January 2011