In Residence II
Building on a hugely successful first year, the gallery returned to London during the art fair season with In Residence II expertly curated selection of contemporary fine and applied art. Once again, we selected a private, domestic signature residence setting for In Residence II - No. 33 Fitzroy Square - one of the most beautiful houses on the whole square. As opposed to joining the melee of Frieze-related art fairs, we wanted to show work in the context of a Georgian townhouse, as opposed to a white booth.
For the second edition of our London exhibition, given the four large floors of available space, we wanted to take the opportunity to mount a show that would contextualize Irish modern and contemporary art within a broader western canon. Curator Brian Kennedy divided In Residence II into six themes: Abstraction, Figuration, Landscape, Portraiture, Still Lives and Gender/Politics/Identity. In each section were examples of internationally established artists alongside home-grown Irish talent. Some 75 artists were included in the exhibition, representing a dozen countries, working in 14 different media. International artist featured Diane Arbus, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Pablo Picasso, Grayson Perry and Anselm Kiefer to name but a few.
In Residence II was opened by The Rt Honourable Ed Vaizey, former Minister of State for Culture, Communications and The Creative Industries.
A catalogue of the exhibition is available.