10 talking points from the visual art world in 2021

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1. Crawford’s Rembrandt

The reopening of art galleries across the country this summer was a welcome relief for those who were tired of watching the Portrait Artist of the Year on TV. One of the most popular exhibitions was the Rembrandt Imprint at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork in September.

Perhaps the greatest artist of the 17th century, Rembrandt van Rijn, himself a portrait painter, is best known for epics such as the Watchman. He is also an excellent printmaker and his etching 314 survives. 50 of the best examples were rented from the Ashmorian Museum in Oxford for an exhibition in Cork.

  • Printed Rembrandt will continue until January 9, 2022.


2. Artist’s basic income

Rembrandt was a huge success as an artist, but suffered from the ignorance of being buried in the tombs of the poor, politely known as the “money management problem.” Over the past few years, many Irish artists have been worried that the COVID-19 pandemic will reduce their income and end up in the same way.

In response, the government announced in October that it would allocate € 25 million to a new Basic Income Guarantee pilot scheme for artists and art workers starting in the spring of 2022. This scheme has the potential to pay about 2,000 creatives. The basic income for three years is 325 euros a week.

Welcome, and this is for those who have access to it, but there are other initiatives to seriously consider. Prior to being demolished in 2018, the former FÁS building in Cork’s Sullivan’s Key had affordable studios and exhibition spaces for artists, and the city center was vacant for such purposes. There are many buildings.

There may also be a serious reassessment of the percentage of art schemes. This should show the percentage of public funding for development projects used to outsource new art projects. Sadly, this scheme is currently rarely used.

Re-welcome seems to be housing plans that encourage artists to continue to live in the heart of the city. The Barking and Dagenam Autonomous Region is an A House for Artists initiative designed to provide creatively affordable rent and manages it in East London.


3. Eileen Healy lays bricks

In Cork, the lack of affordable living and studio space was highlighted by artist and musician Eileen Healy’s Laya Brick project.

Healy wants the sale of her work from her studio to help her buy a home in the city, rather than staying dependent on rental space.

Her paintings are currently available for purchase on Sullivan’s Key and Douglas Pig’s Back Keycorp, as well as on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.


4. Cork’s Ardu Street Art

A mural by artist Asbestos created for Ardu 2021 on South Main Street in Cork.

The importance of artists to the heart of our city was emphasized by Cork’s Ardu Street Art Project. Ardu (meaning Rise) began in October 2020, as many of the city’s artistic activities face cancellations, postponements, or the transition to online. With the theme of the 100th anniversary of the burning of cork, we asked seven artists to draw new murals. City center.

Works include Deardle Breen on One Desford Key, Maser on Kino, James Early on Henry Street, Peter Martin on Kyle Street, Shane O’Driscol on Harley Street, Ash on Anglesey Street, and Liberty. Completed by Gareth Joyce on the street. In 2021, four more murals were completed by Connor Harrington at Bishop Lucy Park, Fritz at St. Finber’s Road, Shane O’Malley at Lower Gran Mere Road, and Asbestos at South Main Street.


5. Non-fungible token (NFT)

A man sees a digital painting by American artist Beeple at a crypto art exhibition entitled
A man sees a digital painting by American artist Beeple at a crypto art exhibition entitled “Virtual Niche: Have You Seen Memes in a Mirror?”

If the world of art was slow to recognize the value of street art, it was completely astonished by the emergence of non-fungible tokens. NFTs are unique digital files traded in Ethereum cryptocurrencies and use blockchain technology to provide proof of ownership.

Their presence became Cause Celebrity in March when American digital artist Mike Winkelmann, who works as BEEPLE, sold an NFT called EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000DAYS for $ 69,346,250 million. This work (a collage of digital images created by BEEPLE over 13 and a half years) was the first pure digital artwork to be auctioned at Christie’s.

NFTs may turn out to be trendy, but their current popularity among crypto investors such as Vignesh Sundaresan, who bought BEEPLE’S EVERYDAYS, gets prices that most artists can dream of. I’ve seen Irish digital artist Kevin Abosch was one of the participants in the proceedings, claiming to have sold € 1 million worth of NFTS in 2021. French investor, also 1 million euros.


6. Jack B Yeats

Jack B. Yeats, circa 1925.Photo: Prime Minister of the National Museum of Dublin
Jack B. Yeats, circa 1925.Photo: Prime Minister of the National Museum of Dublin

Forty-four years after his death in 1957 at the age of 85, Jack B. Yeats fails to gain a reputation as one of Ireland’s most beloved and most well-funded artists. The “Painting & Memory” exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland coincides with his 150th anniversary and includes more than 40 years of career achievements. It will continue until February 6, 2022.

Yeats’s cry, an oil work from 1950, was auctioned at the Whites in Dublin on November 29th. Expected to earn at least 2 million euros, it has become the most expensive artwork ever sold in Ireland. As it was, it earned € 1.4 million in 2019, equal to the price previously paid for his painting Reverie, the whistle of the jacket in 2001.


7. IMMA and Crawford collect Irish artists

Mary McCarthy at Crawford Art Gallery and artists Debbie Godsell and Tom Climent at the unveiling of some of the gallery's newly acquired works.
Mary McCarthy at Crawford Art Gallery and artists Debbie Godsell and Tom Climent at the unveiling of some of the gallery’s newly acquired works.

Another initiative announced by the government in October 2020 was to allocate € 1 million to the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork to collect the works of Irish artists.

In April of this year, the gallery announced the purchase of 400 works by 70 artists. Crawford’s purchase included works by local artists Tom Clymento, Sarah Baume, and Fiona Kelly. IMMA contains works by Alice Maher, Nigel Rolfe and Amanda Coogan.



8. Elections for Aosdana

Amanda Kugan.
Amanda Kugan.

Amanda Coogan, mentioned earlier, was one of Ireland’s most famous sign language interpreters and was widely celebrated for her performance at the Late Rate Short Show in November, marking the beginning of music by DJ Calum.

Kugan was elected to Aosdana in the same month for his status as one of Ireland’s leading performance artists. Aosdána is an honorary association of artists whose members are selected by their peers. Those who want to work full-time in their art can take advantage of Kunua (or scholarships).

Cougin, along with sculptor Rachel Joynt and painter Diana Copperwhite, testified to the rude health of Irish visual arts.

Kugan’s achievements include his participation in the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2003 and his solo exhibition “Singing from the Town” at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin in 2015.

9. Map by Alice Maher and Rachael Fallon

In Ireland, one of the most talked about art projects in 2021 was the map of Alice Maher and Rachel Fallon.

Invited by Maeliosa Boyle, curator of Dublin’s art space Red Rua, Maher and Fallon use a mapping language to rethink Mary Magdalene’s life in a monumental way to address Mary Magdalene’s heritage. I spent more than two years sewing, knitting and crocheting textile artwork. Celebrate the invisible labor of women inside and outside the house.

Maher and Fallon are multimedia artists whose common interests include feminism and mythology. The exhibition will be complemented by a sound installation by author Sinéad Gleeson and musician Stephen Shannon. The Magdalen series also includes works by Jesse Jones, Grace Diaz, and Amanda Kugan. The map will be displayed until January 29, 2022.


10. Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas

  Sean Scully.
Sean Scully.

Sean Scully is a monumental artist whose huge abstract canvas is included in collections around the world. His reputation as Ireland’s greatest living artist was cemented by his major retrospective “The Shape of Ideas” at the Fort Worth Museum of Contemporary Art, Texas, which ended in October.



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