Joyce in Art

Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin

10. June - 28. August 2004

International exhibition of Joycean inspired art to celebrate the centenary of Bloomsday, the day on which Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses is set.

Featuring Dieter Roth, Joseph Beuys, Josef Kosuth, Man Ray, Matisse, Patrick Ireland and John Cage.

The Academy has four galleries. Three on the first floor are dedicated to curated exhibitions of Irish and international art: The main gallery is 6000 sq.ft with 17ft. ceilings and louvred daylight. Galleries II and III are 1500sq.ft each.

The Royal Hibernian Academy is an artist based and artist orientated institution dedicated to developing, affirming and challenging the public's appreciation and understanding of traditional and innovative approaches to the visual arts. The Academy achieves its objectives through its exhibition education and collection programmes.

The Lilliput Press, Dublin, will publish a well illustrated and researched, lavish volume with a foreword by Fritz Senn and an envoy by James Elkins to accompany the exhibition – designed by artist Ecke Bonk, also featured in the show. The book offers exciting and convincing new perspectives on visual art over the last 90 years. Its author, Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Lecturer at the University of Ulster, Belfast, author of Joyce as a Source of Inspiration for Joseph Beuys, is curator of the exhibition, in association with Patrick T. Murphy, director of the RHA.

Researched and Curated by Mia Lerm Hayes, in association with the Academy's Director Patrick T. Murphy, Joyce in Art will showcase the work of world-renowned artists never before seen in this country, but will also be a unique gathering of the work of artists who have never been shown together in a singular context, the influence of, and inspiration from, James Joyce. Over sixty artists have been selected.

Joyce in Art is the first assessment of the breadth of Joyce-inspired art, providing many new and existing insights. The focus is on conceptual artists’ perspectives on the writer, while also showing many other approaches and styles. At once comprehensive and selective, the exhibition features on the most original, provocative, and the best-informed artists with an interest in Joyce. He provided artistic precedence, motifs, and material to be pillaged by a vast array of different artists. Joyce’s thinking – through the Joyce-trained minds of artists – has been instrumental in shaping art at many artistic turning points for almost 100 years.

The exhibit will include seminal, new works, and installations by artists including Joyce himself, Man Ray, Matisse, Motherwell, Jess, Tony Smith, Patrick Ireland, Cage, William Anastasi, Kathy Pendergast, Ciaran Lennon and many more.

'Joyce may not have been the only source of inspration for major innovations in visual art, but he surfaced with great regularity at turning points in art history. His attraction diminished for some only when the works had entered the canon and that the air of the daring andthe forbidden had all but vanished. Others turned to different facets of the writer's texts and life, reinventing him and their own oeuvres in the process. As a guiding light for the use of personal experience, Greek mythology, Irishness, feelings of dislocation (or "dislocution"), time, humour, obscenity and even the cult status itself, no modern writer has been as fruitful a whetstone and a quarry as Joyce or, as he put it in relation to his own sopurces, a scaffolding for visual artists.

The show can be enjoyed on several levels, not least for the sheer visual pleasure of the works.'