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SIOBHÁN HAPASKA/ STEPHEN MCKENNA Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, Sth Anne St, Dublin Mon-Fri 10am-5.45pm, Sat 11am4.30pm Until Jan 19 kerlin.ie 01-6709093 It’s an unlikely pairing, at first glance. Stephen McKenna’s pictorial meditations on Classical European civilisation and Siobhán Hapaska’s spiky, challenging sculptures. Perhaps McKenna’s pastoral can provide the context, the imaginary landscape, for In the world I live Lawrence Carroll’s works can be both intimate and monumental in a major survey show spanning some 25 years (Until Feb 10). Into the Light: marking 60 years of the Arts Council Collection, selected abstract works, with a new commission from Karl Burke (Until Feb 24). Sleepwalkers: Production as Process: Clodagh Emoe, Lee Welch, Sean Lynch, Linda Quinlan, Jim Ricks and Gavin Murphy (Until Jan 27). Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Parnell Sq Nth TuesThurs 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm 01-8741903 Alice Maher | Becoming Outstanding mid-term retrospective plus new work by one of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists. Imma at NCH, Earlsfort Terrace Tues-Wed 10am5.30pm, Thurs 11am-7pm, Hapaska’s 3D constructions. It doesn’t quite work out like that, but it does work out.
On reflection, McKenna is always more inclined to seek out challenging juxtaposition than cosy certainty.There’s a quizzical, analytical quality to the paintings he shows, works that ask questions of a cultural legacy that blurs from the coolly Classical to heady and dark Romanticism.
They are well matched with excellent new pieces (above) by Hapaska, substantial sculptural constructions Fri-Sat 10am-5.30pm Sun Until Feb 3 12noon-5.30pm The Mart Market Art, fashion, craft, jewellery, antiques and Christmas goodies. Old Fire Station, Rathmines Sat-Sun 11am-6pm Dec 15/16/22/23 New Landscapes Outstanding realist painters Walter Verling and Blaise Smith. Molesworth Gallery Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm, Sat 11am-2pm Until Dec 24 01-6791548 Sidney Nolan: The Ned Kelly Series Nolan’s cycle of 26 paintings traces the story of the notorious Australian bushranger, presented by Etihad Airways. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham Tues-Sat 10am5.30pm (Wed 10.30am-5.30pm), Sun noon-5.30pm 01-6129900
A Piano in the Kitchen & Other employing natural and engineered materials. We can read them as visualisations of the abrasive meeting of culture and nature, control and chaos, but that by no means exhausts the many potential interpretations they allow – and their tremendous energy. To Start with, Let’s Remove the Colour Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin Tues-Sat 11am-6pm Until Feb 2 Stories Una Sealy’s paintings have a fluently narrative, autobiographical quality. Draíocht, Blanchardstown MonSat 10am-6pm Until Feb 16 01-8852622 Raivo Puusemp – Dissolution How a conceptual artist took on a job as mayor of a troubled New York town, a job that became an art project, and oversaw the dissolution of the town. Plus related works by Ben Kinmont. Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar Mon-Sat 11am-7pm Until Jan 12 01-8819613 Reminiscence Senija Topcic’s photographs explore a house unoccupied since 2002. Alliance Française de Dublin, 1 Kildare St Mon-Thurs 8.30am-9pm, Fri 8.30am-7pm, Sat 10am-2pm Until Dec 21 01-6381447
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