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Spring 2017
Vol. 34, Issue 1

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In the Spring 2017 Edition of the Irish Arts Review:

Return to form Sculptor Kevin Francis Gray returns to his home town of Armagh for a mid-career retrospective at the Market Place Gallery in March, writes Riann Coulter
Reality check Donal Maguire discusses the work of Gerry Davis, winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize, whose portrait Seán is on view at the National Gallery of Ireland until 26 March
The last wilderness  Michaële Cutaya introduces new work from Galway-based Swedish artist Cecila Danell, who explores notions of national identity with wit and invention, at the Galway Arts Centre
Iomhramh Gerry Walker finds traces of poetry and music in a new suite of paintings from Dermot McNevin at Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, County Meath

Shadows of Sodeisha Audrey Whitty explores the avant-garde ceramic movement ‘Sodeisha’ through the work of Irish practitioners and their Japanese counterparts on view at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks

Ireland at Venice An artistic bewitching of the established rule of law is the subject of Jesse Jones’ art project for this year’s Venice Biennale, writes Sarah Kelleher

Needlework Mic Moroney samples the heady mix of etching on offer at Dublin’s tatto parlours from heavy metal to bespoke creations
Talking heads ‘Portraits are so often surface. A portrait has a job to do, a defined purpose’ Colin Davidson tells Brian McAvera
Of birds and beasts Eoghan Nolan visits sculptor Ronan Halpin at home in Achill as he prepares for exhibitions in Westport and Dublin this spring
Beacon in the dark Photographer Mike Bors shares his impressions of the Irish Lights Collection created by Robert Ball and donated to the National Photographic Archive
Temples to Mammon The architectural style evolves but the message remains constant, writes Frank McDonald in his review of bank architecture
Spirit level Deirdre Kelly focuses on writer and social reformer AE Russell’s dream paintings as Armagh County Museum hosts an exhibition marking his 150th anniversary.
Time and tide Julian Campbell selects a number of County Clare coastal views to mark the centenary of one of Ireland’s most prolific landscape artists, Nathaniel Hone
No hot house flower Artist and writer Edith Blake led a long and eventful life, here Peter Murray shares anecdotes from her diaries illustrated by her unpublished botanical art
History today The National Museum of Ireland represents the most significant of our cultural institutions, writes Kevin V Mulligan in his assessment of this architectural gem
In favour of follies Sandra Andrea O’Connell assesses the achievements of conservation body Irish Landmark Trust as they mark their quarter century
Between art and science Matthew Jebb explores the ways in which the National Botanic Gardens bridges the art-science divide
Johnstown Castle looks to the future Peter Pearson highlights plans to improve the fabric and content of Johnstown Castle, County Wexford’s greatest surviving country estate

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