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This exhibition of painting, sculpture and mixed media looked at a variety of themes – from the body in action to gender issues. It included prints by Picasso which deal with the artist/model relationship, Antony Gormley’s Sick, from the Weltkunst Collection, assessing the body in relation to space, and Janet Mullarney’s Straight and Narrow, presenting the figure in motion. Traditional approaches to figuration were set alongside more abstract and experimental interpretations, demonstrating a wide range of approaches.

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Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley b.1950

British artist Antony Gormley is known for his sculptures in elemental materials such as lead, iron, clay or steel which frequently use a cast of his own body as the starting point for a phenomenological or 'psycho-spatial' experience. Increasingly Gormley has created large-scale installations, often outside the gallery, which engage the public in active participation. Gormley had a major solo exhibition in IMMA in 1994, and was awarded the Turner Prize in the same year. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work is included in many significant public collections.
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Janet Mullarney

Janet Mullarney 1952–2020

Irish artist Janet Mullarney (born 1952) studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti and Scuola Professionale di Intaglio in Florence. Incorporating an extensive range of materials including bronze, wood, plaster, foam, cloth, glass and wax, her dynamic sculptural works reference religious iconography, art history and human relationships. Mullarney’s work is represented in many public collections including that of the Arts Council, the OPW, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. She divides her time between studios in Ireland and Italy.
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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso 1881–1973

Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is now considered central to the development of modern art in the 20th century. He left Spain for Paris in 1904, where he met Georges Braque and together they were responsible for the evolution of Cubism. Though painting was his principal medium, Picasso’s prolific output also included print, sculpture, ceramics and theatre design. An exhibition at MoMA, New York in 1939 was the first of many significant exhibitions during his lifetime. ‘Picasso: Working on Paper’ was the inaugural show in IMMA’s New Galleries in 2000.
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