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8 September 2010 – 2 January 2011
GSDAD marks the gift of more than 30 fine art prints to the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of Graphic Studio Dublin’s 50th anniversary, which IMMA is delighted to receive to add to its holding of modern and contemporary prints as part of the National Collections of Ireland. The donation comprises prints by members, artists-in-residence and guest artists from the Visiting Artists’ Programme, who have worked with the studio. It includes work by artists new to the Museum’s collection, as well as works by artists who have works in other media in the collection. In 2009 the Museum received a significant donation of prints by Mary Farl Powers, the Graphic Studio’s third director, from the Powers family. Some of these works are included in the exhibition.
Graphic Studio Dublin’s print archive dates from 1960 to 2009 and comprises almost 1,000 fine art prints which present an extraordinary insight into the role of fine art printmaking in the development of contemporary art in Ireland. Drawn from this archive, the exhibition includes works by John Behan, Brian Bourke, Dorothy Cross, William Crozier, Charles Cullen, Jan de Fouw, Barry Flanagan, Martin Gale, Richard Gorman, Ronnie Hughes, Eithne Jordan, Ciarán Lennon, Gwen O’Dowd, Tony O’Malley, Geraldine O’Reilly, A.R. Penck, Dermot Seymour, among others. It also features works by the Graphic Studio Dublin’s founding members Patrick Hickey, Leslie McWeeney, Liam Miller, Elizabeth Rivers, Anne Yeats and Mary Farl Powers.
The Graphic Studio Dublin was established as means of providing studio space and to teach various fine art print techniques, which were thriving in Europe at that time but not yet provided in educational institutions in Ireland. The studio has 62 artist members, hosts international artists-in-residence, as well as its Visiting Artists’ Programme which has featured 250 Irish and international artists since its establishment in 1980. The latter is a major collaborative initiative involving artists whose main work methodology is not fine art print, but who work with master-printers to make a body of work. Today, Graphic Studio Dublin occupies two premises: the Graphic Studio Gallery, Cope Street, Temple Bar, which showcases ten Irish and international fine art printmaking exhibitions annually, and since 2007 the print studios, housed in an impressive converted granary building, Distillery House, Dublin 1, comprising 700 square meters of studio space and pioneering world best practice in fine art print studio facilities.
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