The Dock, Carrick-on-shannon, Co Leitrim Until Apr 13
What did Europe ever do for us? Whatever else, it introduced a generation of Irish artists to Cubism, which kickstarted the development of European Modernism and fully fledged abstraction in 20th-century Irish art. Analytical Cubism was an early phase of the Cubist revolution initiated by Picasso, Braque and Juan Gris, with Cezanne as the essential pathfinder.
Imma’s exhibition doesn’t so much analyse Cubism, in any case, as its Irish reception and adaptation. For various reasons, the strand of Cubism that filtered through to Ireland came via Albert Gleizes and André Lhote. In their different ways, both systematised and academicised the adventurousness of Braque and Picasso (who once described himself and Braque as two mountaineers, roped together, in their pioneering aesthetic efforts).
The Irish manifestation was comparatively tame, though nonetheless important in many ways. Worth seeing – and analysing. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am6pm 066-7123055
Future Beauty? Works drawn from Irish Craft Portfolio. National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny Mon-Sat 10am5.30pm Until Mar 13 056-7796147 Gems from the Butler Gallery Collection Echoes of the Past and Whispers of the Future: selected by Butler Gallery Adult Critics and Red Square Critics’ Group. Butler Gallery, The Castle Daily 10am-1pm/ 2-4.30pm Until Feb 24 056-7761106
Fenster: New Paintings Mark Joyce’s explorations of “colour, luminosity and pure light”. Hollis Frampton: Two films by groundbreaking figure in US cinema, Gloria! and Zorn’s Lemma. The Dock, Carrick-onShannon Tues-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm Until Apr 13 071-9650828
Seed Matter Ecological explor-
ANALYSING CUBISM Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Dublin Feb 20May 26 Tues-Sat 10am-5.30pm (Wed 10.30am-5.30pm), Sun noon-5.30pm imma.ie