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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British sculptor Antony Gormley works with elemental materials such as lead, iron, clay and steel, and often casts 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 has exhibited internationally, including a major solo exhibition at IMMA in 1994.View Artist
Irish artist Janet Mullarney attended the Accademia di Belle Arti and Scuola Professionale di Intaglio, Florence. Incorporating a 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 public collections including that of the Arts Council, the OPW, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.View Artist
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso is 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. Picasso’s prolific output included painting, 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 held at IMMA in 2000.View Artist