Archive for January 15th, 2010

Catch it before the end of the month… Light in Darkness exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland

15 January 2010

By Lisa Marie Griffith

One of my recommendations for January was to go and see the Tuner exhibition at the National Gallery ‘A light in the Darkness Turner’s watercolours & silhouettes and miniatures The Mary A. McNeill bequest’. For those of you not familiar with the exhibit, and I have to admit that I was not until recently, the collection is unique because when the bequest was made to the gallery strict terms stipulated that the paintings be exhibited in January only. The dark winter month, it was hoped, would mean that the paintings would not have to suffer the light and be saved from fading. Each January the gallery exhibits the collection and to update it and keep regulars interested they add to the exhibit in some way; this year the exhibition was accompanied by a bequest from Mary A. McNeill of eighteenth and nineteenth century silhouettes and miniatures.

I will have to admit that I had not seen the exhibit when I recommended it at the beginning of the month but I waded through the snow last Saturday (for fear the following week would be worse as predicted) to see the exhibit and follow through on my own January ‘to do list’. I have no grounding in history of art so bear in mind this review is not written by a connoisseur. Indeed, wallowing in my ignorance I prefer to go to galleries and point at what I like and what I do not like. It may be my lack of training but I was disapopinted and found Turner’s watercolours very dull. A couple of watercolours of stormy seas certainly stood out but on the whole it would have been a forgetful event without the addition of the wonderful McNeill bequests. Read More