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News and views on the arts in Ireland.

Anne Crookshank’s achievements

Although the foundation of the History of Art department in TCD was undoubtedly the major achievement in Anne Crookshank’s long and distinguished academic career, she will probably be best remembered for the landmark publication in 1978 of Painters of Ireland c. 1660-1920, with Desmond FitzGerald, the Knight of Glin.

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Alex Pentek down under

The last time Alex Pentek was mentioned in these pages (Spring 2014 p8), he had just secured a commission for a giant violin cast in Corten steel to be partially submerged on a bank of the N5 Longford bypass. Now he has moved on to a much larger commission for the City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia with a budget of €220,000.

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Threat to the National Museum Update:

‘The National Museum on Kildare Street was built by the firm of J and W Beckett, respectively grandfather and granduncle of Samuel Beckett. This seems somehow apt. There is a black and bleak humour to the way the Seanad is moving in on the building – and this Beckettian tone is about the only part of this disgraceful saga that shows any awareness of Ireland’s artistic and cultural heritage.’ Read Fintan O’Toole’s article in the Irish Times here.

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The Irish Times joins Irish Arts Review Appeal!

An editorial in The Irish Times today (1 November 2016) castigates the proposal to move the Seanad into the National Museum building as ‘an atrocious decision verging on vandalism which must be reversed’.

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Luke Kelly for Raglan Road?

Whatever happened to Dublin City Council’s open competition for a statue to be erected in memory of Luke Kelly, the iconic Dubliner? Meanwhile the sculptor John Coll has just completed a bronze sculpture of the much-lamented musician which was privately commissioned and is now being offered free to DCC.

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