Having posted my own recently published commentary on last year’s Dublin Contemporary exhibition, I was reminded of my NCAD colleague Francis Halsall’s response from November 2011, written for Paper Visual Art. It’s worth a look. [Click the image below for link]
‘What Else?’ On Dublin Contemporary (The Irish Review, Issue 45, Winter 2012) Checking his stance as he prepared to take a critical swing at a collection of pre-millennium prophesies by Conor Cruise O’Brien, Christopher Hitchens found himself pondering a problem of tone: ‘few things are harder to write’, Hitchens suggested, ‘than a sincere treatment in […]
A long-ish review-essay that I wrote on ‘Dublin Contemporary’ has just come out in issue 45 of the Irish studies journal ‘The Irish Review’ (Cork University Press).
The new issue of Source magazine includes my reviews of two recent photography books: one is Paul Graham’s ‘The Present’, a wonderful series of photographs of New York, and the other is a career-spanning collection of photographs by Jan Kempenaers that traces his investigations into the notion of the ‘picturesque’.
The Works Myself and Edel Coffey on RTE’s The Works reviewing Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’ (a wonderful, strange film) and Coens-scripted caper-comedy remake ‘Gambit’ (a truly dire film).
Every means and every weapon is valid to save oneself from death and time. If a straight line is the shortest distance between two fated and inevitable positions, digressions will lengthen it; and if these digressions become so complex, so tangled and tortuous, so rapid as to hide their own tracks, who knows, perhaps death […]
“I envy the mind hiding in her words, like an ‘I’ counting up to a hundred waiting to be found … her way of seeing …was like a big pocket magnifying glass. Of course it would have hurt to have to use it for ordinary looking” — Mary McCarthy writing about Elizabeth Bishop(i) * According […]