The week’s best art exhibitions: winter shows

Also: Ed Miliano and Michael Hanna

 Ed Miliano, Tateshina Window, oil on canvas diptych

Ed Miliano, Tateshina Window, oil on canvas diptych

 

Ed Miliano: Advent
The Gallery at de Veres Auctions, Dublin, until December 19th
One of Ed Miliano’s best known works is Diary, a set of 366 small paintings documenting the view from his Dublin studio window every day over a year, first shown at the RHA in 2012. Since then he spent several years living and working in Tokyo, which proved enormously important for the development of his work, including his exploration of sculpture. He originally trained and worked as a graphic designer, and the discipline, concentration and clarity he brings to all his projects stems from this background.

Michael Hanna, Looking Backward
Michael Hanna, Looking Backward

Michael Hanna: Looking Backward
PS2 Michael Spencer House, 71 Royal Avenue, opposite Castle Court Shopping Centre, Belfast, until December 21st, pssquared.org
Michael Hanna’s explorations of the utopian, the real and the local take the form of photographs, texts, paintings and moving-image works, referencing Edward Bellamy’s 1888 utopian novel of the same title. Hanna considers how utopian ideas work their way into the real in fraught, unexpected and often unsatisfactory ways. He uses billboards, romantic novels and “non-places” as illustrative examples.

Tom Climent, Glory, oil and plaster on canvas, Solomon Fine Art
Tom Climent, Glory, oil and plaster on canvas, Solomon Fine Art

Winter Group Show
Solomon Fine Art, Dublin, until December 23rd
Solomon’s group show features many strong individual, distinctive voices including sculptors John Behan, Orla de Brí, Rachel Joynt, Michael Quane, Vivienne Roche and Anthony Scott. Among the exceptional painters are Margo Banks, Leah Beggs, Comhghall Casey, Tom Climent, Clifford Collie, Margaret Egan, Carol Hodder and Vida Pain.

Quay Road looking west toward the Custom House, The Quay, Westport, late 19th century.
Quay Road looking west toward the Custom House, The Quay, Westport, late 19th century.

Winter Exhibition 2019
Custom House Studios Gallery, Westport, Co Mayo, until January 19th
Custom House Studios and Gallery is a formidable cultural facility in an exceptional location, and this year’s winter group show marks the conclusion of its 17th busy year. An extensive and fascinating line-up includes artists who have worked in the studios and/or exhibited in the gallery through the year, from Norman Ackroyd to Marie Wood, around 60 in all, from Mayo and much further afield.

Pallas projects, Periodical Review #9  
Pallas projects, Periodical Review #9  

And the days run away like wild horses over the hills: Periodical Review #9
Pallas Projects, 115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8, until January 25th (closed December 22nd-January 8th), pallasprojects.org
Pallas’s annual review, a concise anthology that usually brings a refreshing perspective to bear on a year’s art, fits a lot in to a relatively small footprint. Selected by Seán Kissane, Workhouse Union, Mark Cullen and Gavin Murphy look out for pieces from Lucy Andrews, Colin Crotty, Dorje de Burgh, Laura Fitzgerald, the Graeve Collection, KCET Studio, Brian O’Doherty, Liliane Puthod, RGKS Cribs/Eithne Jordan, Katie Watchorn and more.

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