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Self-portrait by Alex Katz

Visual Art: Personae at Butler Gallery

14 Jan - 26 Feb 2017 (Past)

Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

For the Butler Gallery’s 2017 collection exhibition, a very special group of works are on loan
from the Permanent Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

This group incorporates a seminal sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, self-portraits by Chuck Close and John Coplans, prints by Alex Katz and Paula Rego, and a photographic portrait by Thomas Ruff.

The theme of Personae running through the exhibition focuses our eye on portraits, figures or other forms that either readily reveal or camouflage an identity. Narratives indisputably evolve upon viewing works as diverse as the openness and glamour of Diane Arbus’s Girl in a shiny dress, NYC 1967 to the enigma of Jackie Nickerson’s portrait of a young bride in the Oman, whose upper body is covered by a transparent veil barely revealing her identity.

The works from IMMA have been selected in response to, or in sympathy with, the works chosen for this exhibition from the Butler Gallery Permanent Collection. The IMMA selection adds freshness and maintains currency in the viewing of beloved works in the ever-evolving collection maintained in Kilkenny.

The Butler Gallery has an outstanding resource in its fine permanent collection. Established in 1943, the collection has continued to flourish through gift, loan and purchase. The gallery has an ongoing commitment to make sure this collection is exhibited and enjoyed by the public. Including loans from the Sir Basil Goulding Collection and from private collections, the Butler Gallery Collection is an eclectic catalogue of diverse genres that can be read and appreciated on many levels.

Personae: Butler Gallery Collection featuring loans from the IMMA Collection

January 14th – February 26th, 2017

Discovery Pens will be available to visitors, giving access to additional information. This is facilitated in partnership with Arts & Disability Ireland, with funding from the Arts Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland
Email: info@butlergallery.com
t + 353 56 7761106

Aideen Barry, Hoover Housewife, 2010.
Pen and ink on paper, 32 x 25 cm.
Butler Gallery Collection.
Donated by the artist, 2010.

John Coplans, Self Portrait (Back and Hands), 1984.
Gelatin silver print, 60.2 x 50.5 cm. 
Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Donation, The Novak/O'Doherty Collection at IMMA.

Gift, The American Ireland Fund, 2014.

Alex Katz
Untitled, 2007, Silkscreen, 131x 95 cm.
Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art
IMMA Editions, Donated by the artist, 2007.


Aideen Barry
Alex Katz
butler gallery
Irish Museum of Modern Art
John Coplans