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This exhibition is the first large-scale survey of the work of the acclaimed Irish artist Dorothy Cross  and forms part of a strand of programming at IMMA focusing on senior figures in Irish art, which has already included  Kathy Prendergast and Willie Doherty. The exhibition will comprise some 45 works including sculpture, installation, performance, photography and film, covering the period from the 1980s to date. Works  are drawn from international museums and private collections and include iconic pieces such as the sculptures, Virgin Shroud, 1993, from the Tate Collection, and Shark Lady in a Ball Dress, 1988, from the Hugh Lane Collection. The exhibition will also show a number of Cross’s films, such as Teacup, 1996, Eyemaker, 2000, and Medusae, 2003.

Born in Cork in 1956, Dorothy Cross is one of the most respected artists working internationally today. Over the past few years she has devoted increasing amounts of time to the development of large-scale public events and projects, most memorably the IMMA-commissioned, Nissan Art Project, Ghost Ship, an ethereally illuminated light-ship which haunted Dublin Bay for a number of weeks in 1998.

Selected works from the show will travel to CAC, Malaga, Spain.

A large publication accompanies the exhibition with essays by Marina Warner, writer and critic, Enrique Juncosa, Director, IMMA, Ralph Rugoff, Director of What If, Institute of Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA and Patrick Murphy, Director, Royal Hibernian Academy.


About the Artist

Dorothy Cross b.1956

Working in sculpture, film and photography, Dorothy Cross examines the relationship between living beings and the natural world. A sense of place pervades her practice. Living in Connemara, a rural area on Ireland’s wild west coast, the artist sees the body and nature as sites of constant change, creation and destruction, new and old. — View Artist »

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