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The Artist's Eye: Photographic Portraits of Artists

curated by Fiona Kearney and Marco Pierini
in partnership with the Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy

Gallery 2, 29 March - 7 July 2013


The Artist’s Eye presents photographic portraits of artists working, relaxing, and sometimes deliberately posturing for the camera. It is anopportunity to see into the intimacy of the studio environment as many artists are depicted in the dynamic and personal creation of the work of art. We glimpse the surrealist Max Ernst smoking in an ornate chair, the neatly arranged ceramics of Pablo Picasso and the intense performances of Joseph Beuys.

The Artist’s Eye is produced in partnership with the Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy, and features over eighty artworks drawn from their extensive collection which includes both historic and contemporary photographic images. From August Sander’s 19th century documents of the artist as a professional worker, to the knowingly dramatic stance of Salvador Dali, and from the iconic picture of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in bed together to the thoughtful self-portraits of Francesca Woodman and Elina Brotherus, The Artist’s Eye will give Irish audiences an insight into the many ways in which artists create their artworks, and develop an artistic persona.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available from the gallery shop or by emailing

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A series of Perspectives talks accompanies this exhibition. It considers the question: How to Document Performance?