|Self Portrait II|
Mighta helped, if I was, ya know, Catholic and believed in all that patron saint stuff. Details, details…
After about an hour of fruitless wandering, I stopped into a bakery. Of course I did – cookies AND directions – win/WIN. The wonderfully kind, patient baker lady with beautiful handwriting, wrote down how to get unlost and off I went.
My off course peregrinations began at 11 AM when I set out from my hotel for a tour of all the places carrying Cian McLoughlin’s work (hotels, pubs, theaters, a museum and a gallery). When I looked on the Google map back in my WiFied room, each place appeared closeby-ish and near each other. Also, it looked like a mostly straight line down to the general area.
Turns out Dublin is very similar to home – “straight” is wholly relative AND there’s a rock solid dearth of street signs. I thought I was all set with my trusty iPhone – I could just plug the address in and *PING* I’d be smoothly GPSed there. Turns out my connection only works if I’m in a WiFied joint. Step outside and *POOF* it’s gone, baby, gone. grumble, grumble, grumble
|Head of a Woman|
|Head of a Man|
Brushstrokes are the fingerprints, tripped out on sugar and endorphins, of a painting. They can turn a straight ahead, bland repro into an utter masterpiece. Think of John Singer Sargent’s society portraits – often dull, staid figures but his wild brushwork makes them live.
The Molesworth’s abso-lovely gallery worker GAVE me the book, selling for 10 Euros, which accompanied McLoughlin's show. The exhibit they've up now is very nice...attractive but, compared to Cian’s, it’s just wall decoration.
There are a few more places that I want to check out – the Dean Hotel (which he recommends for rooftop cocktails), the Westbury Hotel (good for lunch) and Neary’s Bar (they do a great Guinness which is a bonus). Sheesh, it’s like Cian totally knows me. Jen should be here for this art tour – we’d have a blast.
Today I’m hitting the National Gallery where there’s a shows of Frederic William Burton’s work AND Käthe Kollwitz too! Bonus Cian here – he was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize and that shows up NOW. Psyched!