Movers & Shapers: Irish Visual Art 1960-2000

Author Vera Ryan
Condition Very Good
Cover Type Softback

Art history is based on many sources: images, documents, voices. How do the voices of non-artists who worked for the arts sound? What is their memory of the successes and inevitable frustrations? This collection of interviews with individuals, significant in the world of Irish art, is an oral history of the visual arts in Ireland since 1960. The interviewees range from C.J. Haughey, who initiated tax concessions for artists resident in Ireland, to Michael D. Higgins, first minister for arts and culture in Ireland. Also featured are Dorothy Walker, recently deceased writer and critic, Colm O Briain, Director of NCAD and former Arts Council Director and advisor to M.D. Higgins, Declan McGonagle, former Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Patrick Murphy, art collector and chairperson of the Arts Council, Anne Crookshank, the first professor of Art History at Trinity College Dublin, and Brian Fallon, art critic with The Irish Times for many years. Artists are also interviewed, e.g. Vivienne Roche and Paul O Reilly, but as commentators on the art scene rather than artists. Taken as a whole these penetrating interviews combine elements of the personal and the period to offer a fascinating combination of serious insight and anecdote of interest to both specialist and general readers