5 pages

‘Review: Fionna Barber’s Art in Ireland Since 1910’, Artefact: The Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians, Issue 6, 2013.

Please download to get full document.

View again

of 5
All materials on our website are shared by users. If you have any questions about copyright issues, please report us to resolve them. We are always happy to assist you.
‘Review: Fionna Barber’s Art in Ireland Since 1910’, Artefact: The Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians, Issue 6, 2013.
  Kate Antosik-Parsons  Artefact: The Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians Issue 6, 2013.Book Review: Fionna Barber   Art in Ireland since 1910 Reaktion Books, 2013, 318 a!esI"B#: $%81%80230368Fionna Barber&s  Art in Ireland since 1910  is an a'bitious stu() t*at tra+es t*e(eveo'ent o Iris* 'o(ern art a!ainst t*e ba+k(ro o t*e tu'utuous oiti+a,e+ono'i+ an( so+ia +*an!es t*at o++urre( over t*e +ourse o t*e twentiet* +entur).ver t*e ast (e+a(e or so, s+*oars o art *istor) an( +utura stu(ies *ave e'barke(on a nu'ber o resear+* ro/e+ts to re+over an( reassess t*e +ontributions o t*evisua arts in Irean(. A nu'ber o tets su+* as  Eire/Ireland Special Issue Visual Arts 1$$$, Third Text  : Special Issue Ireland   200, t*e se+ia se+tion on Iris* Art4istories o t*e  Journal of Art Historiograph 2013 a++ount or t*ese a+tivities."i'iar), t*e'ati+ anes *e( at t*e Annua 5oneren+e o t*e Asso+iation o Art4istorians K, in+u(in! one +o-or!anise( b) Barber in 200$, as we as a nu'ber o ot*er +oneren+es an( s)'osia, rovi(e( ator's or s+*oars en!a!e( wit*'et*o(oo!i+a aroa+*es an( +riti+a ra'eworks ike *istorio!ra*), 7aris',e'inis', s)+*oana)sis, se'ioti+s an( ost+ooniais' in t*e stu() o Iris* art*istor).  Art in Ireland since 1910  is a ti'e) ubi+ation t*at a++or(in!) ree+ts t*esestrate!i+ aroa+*es to t*e visua arts in Irean( a(otin! a ost+oonia an( e'inist erse+tive t*rou!*out. enerous) iustrate(, wit* 222 o t*e tota 266 iustrationsrero(u+e( in +oour, it is +o'ose( o eeven +*ronoo!i+a +*aters, ea+* rou!*)sannin! a (e+a(e. 9*is book is ai'e( at bot* !enera an( a+a(e'i+ au(ien+es, rovi(in! a broa( intro(u+tion to visua art in Irean( or t*e 'ore +asua rea(er,w*ie resonatin! wit* t*ose workin! at t*e interse+tions o Iris* *istor), +uturastu(ies an( art *istor). 9*e oiti+a +*ronoo!) o Irean( 1$00-2010 rovi(e( as auseu reeren+e at t*e ront o t*e book, inoints t*e 'a/or events t*at ra'e t*e(eveo'ent o 'o(ern art in Irean(. 9*e 'otivation or t*is resear+* is o+ate( int*e voi( et b) ".B. Kenne()&s  Irish Art and !odernis"# 1$$0%19&0  1$$1 an(orot*) ;aker&s  !odern Art in Ireland   1$$%, w*i+* unti now *ave been t*e two'ost +o're*ensive surve) tets on t*e sub/e+t. Barber ar!ues or t*e +riti+a  i'ortan+e o evauatin! t*e ()na'i+s between nation an( 'o(ernit) in s*ain! artin twentiet*-+entur) Irean(. In (oin! so, s*e robe'atises t*e estabis*e( 'eta-narratives o 'o(ern art b) o+usin! on t*e +oni+t in #ort*ern Irean(, t*e roe o wo'en artists an( t*e i'a+t o ar!e-s+ae e'i!ration, +onten(in! t*at 'o(ernit)ree+te( in Iris* art is <a (istin+tive eerien+e o 'o(ernit) un(a'enta) (ierentro' t*at ive( out wit*in +entres o +utura an( oiti+a ower.& 5onse=uent) b)o+usin! on t*e erio( ro' 1$10 to t*e en( to t*e e+ono'i+ roserit) o t*e 5eti+9i!er, t*is tet rovi(es a uer a++ount or t*e i'ortan+e o art in reation to t*e oiti+a, e+ono'i+ an( so+ia or+es t*at s+ute( 'o(ern Irean(. 9*e book irst) a((resses *ow Iris* nationais' visuaise( t*e reations*i between nation an( i(entit), an( t*e ee+ts t*is *a( on art ro(u+tion. Barber oersres* erse+tives on t*e oiti+a an( +utura a+tivities o +ertain artists, +onten(in!t*at art ro(u+tion s*ou( not be evauate( in isoation, but or t*e wa)s in w*i+* it broa() 'irrors t*e +on+erns o a +onservative so+iet) on t*e brink o i'en(in!+*an!e. 9*e brie +o'arative ana)sis between ra+e 4enr)&s A+*i i'a!er) wit*t*at o *usban( Pau&s estabis*es a sense o *ow reresentations o t*e ;est *ave been +o-ote( into t*e *e!e'oni+, 'as+uine (is+ourse t*at i'a!ines t*e Iris* nation.9*is +areu attention to !en(er t*rou!*out t*e book )ie(s new an( ri+*un(erstan(in!s o t*e si!nii+an+e o t*ese visuaisations. Furt*er'ore, aon!si(e t*ea'iiar i!ures o 4enr), ;iia' ren, >o*n ?aver) an( "ean Keatin!, are t*eoten-'ar!inaise( +ontributions o 5onstan+e 7arkiewi+@, Kat*een Fo, ra+eior( an( stea "oo'ons. 9*e tension between +entre an( 'ar!in is revisite(t*rou!*out t*e tet in subte but innovative wa)s, or instan+e, teasin! out t*e+o'eities o 7ainie >eett as a ivota i!ure or Iris* 'o(ernis' reveas t*at *er avant-!ar(e strate!ies retaine( tra+es o <se-+ons+ious ri'itivis'& enabin!+onne+tions wit* bot* 'o(ern art an( t*e i+ono!ra*) o t*e ;est. 9*is tet e'barks on t*e (ii+ut task o rovi(in! new ase+ts t*ei+ono!ra*) o t*e ;est an( its reation to 'o(ernit), as it is a arti+uar) we-tro((en t*e'e t*at to (ate *as re+eive( 'u+* +riti+a attention ro' various s+*oars.4owever, b) +o'arin! t*e ;est to t*e oiti+a (iver!en+e between #ort*ern an("out*ern Irean(, Barber 'akes a +onvin+in! +ase or ura un(erstan(in!s o 'o(ernit) b) wa) o !eo!ra*i+a o+ation. A++or(in!), t*e oiti+a an( so+iasituation in #ort*ern Irean( is a 'a/or t*e'e t*rou!*out t*e book rovi(in! urt*er insi!*t into t*e 'utii+ities o 'o(ernit) an( 'o(ern art on t*e isan( o Irean(.  Barber observes t*e <et*i+s o Protestantis'& in t*e work o so'e #ort*ern artists int*e 1$30s t*ou!* 'ore +ou( be sai( as to *ow t*e se+ii+s o Protestantis' transateinto t*e visua s*ere. >o*n 4ewitt e'er!es as a ivota i!ure or *is suort o  #ort*ern artists, ese+ia) *is roe in ai(in! t*e or'ation o t*e s*ort-ive( ster nit, t*e ai's o w*i+* <were 'ore ra(i+a t*an an) ot*er art in Irean( at t*at ti'e&.9*e rai( !rowt* in *eav) in(ustries (ue to t*e outbreak o ;or( ;ar II an( t*ese+ii+ event o t*e Beast Bit@ 1$1 *a( a rooun( ae+t on #ort*ern artists.9*at 5oin 7i((eton an( #evie >o*nson aroa+*e( t*eir resonses to su+* eventst*rou!* t*e visua an!ua!e o "urreais' (e'onstrates t*e ran!e o avant-!ar(estrate!ies e'o)e( b) t*ese artists. 7eanw*ie, t*rou!* t*e neutrait) an( se-i'ose( isoation o t*e Iris* Free "tate, 5at*oi+is' an( 'o(ernis' were at o((swit* one anot*er, ea(in! Barber to ar!ue t*at t*e <ossibiities or oiti+ara(i+ais', a re+urrent eature o uroean avant-!ar(is', *a( aso been +o-ote( b)t*e nationaist *e!e'on)&. 9*e 'ention o airine Canston, a so'ew*at eusive artistai!ne( wit* t*e internationa ;*ite "ta! rou, is a re'in(er t*at Canston, ikeot*ers en!a!e( wit* avant-!ar(e art ra+ti+es in Irean(, re'ain ir') on t*e eri*er) o (o'inant narratives o Iris* art *istor).iasora an( t*e +utura ro(u+tion o Iris* artists abroa( is anot*er ke)t*e'e t*at sura+es in t*is book, t*ou!* not unsurrisin!) as 'i!ration was an(re'ains toi+a in evauations o s*itin! ()na'i+s in twentiet*-+entur) Irean(.9*ou!* t*e 'obiit) o artists in t*e earier art o t*e +entur) 'eant t*at 'an) weretravein! abroa( to un(ertake urt*er trainin!, Barber i(entiies t*e erio( ro' t*e'i(-1$0s onwar( as a ti'e w*en t*e 'ove'ent o artists a+ross bor(ers +*aen!e(ubin an( Beast as t*e +entres o t*e Iris* art wor(. ;it* t*is +o'es a (uaarti+uation or (oube awareness o <*ere& an( <t*ere&, reresente( visua) an(eerien+e( ersona), as eature in t*e work o a (isarate !rou o artists su+* as7ar) "wan@), 9on) &7ae), erar( ion, F.. 7+;iia' an( ;iia' "+ott.uait) is aso si'utaneous) 'anieste( in w*at Barber i(entiies as t*e+ontra(i+tions o 'o(ern art !roun(e( in a +uture steee( in ')t*i+ an( ro'anti+notions o tra(ition, one w*i+* s*e ersuasive) ar!ues +o'i+ates w*at it is to be<Iris* an( 'o(ern&. A si'iar tension is reveae( w*en ar!uin! or a nuan+e(un(erstan(in! o t*e +o'eities o Iris* i(entit) wit* re!ar( to in+u(in! an artistike Fran+is Ba+on in t*e narratives t*at s*ae t*e (eveo'ent o Iris* art. A+o'arison o t*e work o Brian &o*ert) an( ?ouis e Bro+=u), bot* o w*o'   ro(u+e( a ar!e bo() o work outsi(e Irean(, +ontributes to new un(erstan(in!s o t*e si!nii+an+e o <(iasori+ (istan+e& on t*eir visua ro(u+tion.Barber&s observations on t*e reations*i between visua art an( t*e oiti+aan( so+ia strie o t*e erio( known as t*e 9roubes 1$6$-1$$ are +ru+ia toun(erstan(in! t*e see'in!) eri*era in Iris* art. "*e insists t*at t*e +oni+t wasnot 'ere sub/e+t 'atter, but a ive( reait) t*at er'eate( t*e ever)(a) eisten+e o artists, as re!uar bo'b s+ares t*reatene( *)si+a an( s)+*oo!i+a we bein! w*iet*e a+tua (estru+tion o !aeries an( stu(ios b) bo'bs resute( in (ii+ut e+ono'i++ir+u'stan+es. In site o t*e stru+ture i'e'ente( on #ort*ern reations b) t*eownin! "treet e+aration 1$$3 an( t*e oo( Fri(a) A!ree'ent 1$$8, t*einterse+tion between ower, sa+e an( visuait) re'aine( an i'ortant ais or  #ort*ern artists su+* as ;iie o*ert), Ci+tor "oan, Rita u), P*ii #aier an("an(ra >o*nston. As wit* an) book t*at ai's to a++ount or se+ii+ (eveo'ents t*rou!*out a+ertain ti'e ra'e, t*ere so'e o'issions, or ea'e #i!e Roe an( An(re "tittsee' arti+uar) strikin! !iven t*at eror'an+es ike Roe&s The 'ope that (inds)s !a*es The" +ree 1$86 an( "titt&s (estru+tive  Art is ,ot a !irror It-s a +uc*ing  Ha""er   1$%8, a'on!st ot*er ear) eror'an+e works, e'bra+e( avant-!ar(e!estures o <ost'o(ern& art an( subse=uent) inuen+e( 'an) +onte'orar) Iris* eror'an+e artists. 9*e use o ter's ike <Bau(eairean 'o(ernit)& 'entione( in assin! severa ti'es t*rou!*out t*e book, resu'e a +ertain eve o t*eoreti+aawareness about 'o(ernit) an( its +on(itions a'on!st rea(ers*i, an( s*ou( bees*e( out or t*ose not a'iiar wit* t*e +on+et. 9*ose a'iiar wit* Barber&ss+*oars*i   wi be aware o t*e e'inist +o''it'ent t*at un(erins *er work. ;*iea +earer t*eoreti+a !roun(in! o *er e'inist strate!ies wou( be 'ost we+o'e, one+an *ar() in( aut wit* t*e inte!rate( !en(er ana)sis t*at is woven t*rou!*out t*etet wit* arti+uar inesse. 7oreover, Barber ri!*tu) raises a nu'ber o +ore issuesabout t*e +ontributions o wo'en to Iris* +uture over t*e +ourse o t*e twentiet*+entur) an( t*e o+us on wo'en artists in t*e 1$80s an( ear) 1$$0s is ese+ia)stron!. vera Barber&s ai' o rea(in! t*e (eveo'ent o 'o(ern art as bein!s*ae( b) an( reson(in! to t*e ()na'i+s o t*e or+es o +utura +*an!e in Irean(is ar!e) su++essu. B) +onsi(erin! t*e reations*i between er+eive( +entre an(t*e 'ar!ins,  Art in Ireland since 1910  troubes resu'e( +ertainties in Iris* art w*ie  oerin! ri+*) nuan+e( insi!*ts an( oenin! u urt*er avenues or utureinvesti!ations.
Related Documents
View more...
We Need Your Support
Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in our free products and services. We are nonprofit website to share and download documents. To the running of this website, we need your help to support us.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

No, Thanks

We need your sign to support Project to invent "SMART AND CONTROLLABLE REFLECTIVE BALLOONS" to cover the Sun and Save Our Earth.

More details...

Sign Now!

We are very appreciated for your Prompt Action!