Modern ireland in 100 artworks

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Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks by Fintan OToole

100 artworks have been chosen for this beautifully illustrated book to represent each year from 1916 to 2015. They trace the story of Irelands creative output from the revolutionary period until today. The story that emerges through these 100 works is not one of artists gradually finding their place of honour in the republic; on the contrary, it is a story of never-ending argument, of works that are disliked, rejected, fought over, even painted over. Instead of the artists supporting the state and the state supporting the artists, it is a case of the artists challenging and upsetting the community and the community looking warily at the artists. This is what makes Irish art, at its best, so edgy, so embattled, and so vital. The included works were compiled by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in partnership with The Irish Times. The visual artworks were chosen from the RIAs five volume publication, Art and Architecture of Ireland. Most artists and writers featured in the series have been profiled in the RIAs Dictionary of Irish Biography which outlines the lives at home and overseas of prominent men and women born in Ireland, north and south, and the noteworthy Irish careers of those born outside Ireland. [Subject: Art History, Irish Studies, Irish History]
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We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest Academic honour in Ireland. The story that emerges through these works is not one of artists gradually finding their place of honour in the republic. Especially in the visual arts it is, on the contrary, a story of never-ending argument, of works that are disliked, rejected, fought over, even painted over.

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Registered in Ireland: Des Breen looks at a landmark book which not only shines a light on the creativity of Irish artists and writers, but also on the philistinism of the nation. However, a landmark publication from the Royal Irish Academy and The Irish Times undermines any self-regarding myths we may cling to concerning our creative credentials. Modern Ireland in Artworks — an ambitious attempt to appraise our society and culture over the past century through its paintings, buildings, novels and poetry — shines a light on a stagnant-minded political elite wedded to orthodoxy, and a hidebound population too easily moved to outrage. The consequence of this meant that not only was Ireland a cold house for many of its artists and writers but, on numerous occasions, it froze them out altogether with a hostility few democratic nations have inflicted on their most gifted individuals.

Milberg lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University. He has written books on Irish history, politics, society and culture. Catherine Marshall is an art historian, curator and critical writer. Modern Ireland in Artworks. They trace the story of Ireland's creative output from the revolutionary period until today.

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  1. The collective works in our series show how molten and defiant Irish artworks can be.

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