Modern Art in Ireland – Dorothy Walker
Dorothy Walker traces the work of Ireland’s best artists over half a century up to present day, looking back to the Irish pioneers who helped lay the ground. She tells the story of political and cultural developments including the expansion of corporate and state patronage and the opening of new galleries and museums – that have contributed to the flowering of visual culture in Ireland at the end of the twentieth century.
The text is sumptuously illustrated with over two hundred reproductions and installation shots, mostly in colour, of the works of all the important figures – from the cubism of Jellett through the landscapes of Tony O’Malley and Camille Souter, the expressionism of the late Jack B. Yeats and Patrick Graham, and the Pop Art of Robert Ballagh and Michael Farrell, to the abstract painting of Felim Egan and Ciaran Lennon, the performance art of Nigel Rolfe, the surrealism of Dorothy Cross and the conceptual art of James Coleman and Kathy Prendergast. It constitutes a remarkable visual record of the past half century of art in Ireland.