November 15

Today marks my first full week at Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Decided to take the train to Dublin to see a few museums. First stop was to see  Lucian Freud at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art). The exhibition, IMMA Collection: Lucian Freud Project 2016-2021 featured 50 works. Also on view, to my delight was William Crozier: The Edge of the Landscape , a major retrospective of the Scottish-born, Irish artist  (1930-2011). Hodges Taylor had the pleasure of selling his prints years ago. Now that I am familiar with the Irish coast, I am even more of a fan!


Next stop was the Sean Scully Gallery at the Hugh Lane. ( I keep a few of his catalogues on my bedside table) Great collection but unfortunately the skylight was broken so didn't get the see the work in natural light. A dull yellow haze fell over the room. The work suffered.



Enjoyed viewing a survey of Irish painters and a rather bizarre installation of Francis Bacon's studio.  At the end of the day, my favorite image was found in the children's exhibition room. This delightful "tee-shirt" by a young child summed up my day - a little Sean Scully with the sophisticated wit of William Crozier.