Indepth Arts News: |
"Kathy Prendergast : The End and the Beginning"
1999-12-01 until 2000-03-26
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Kathy Prendergast, born in Dublin in 1958, now lives and works in London. She has studied at the
National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and the Royal College of Art, London. In 1995 she was
awarded the prestigious Premio 2000 prize at the Venice Biennale, and in 1997 she exhibited at the Tate
Gallery, London in the Art Now Series.
This exhibition examines Prendergast's practice over an eight year period from 1992-1999, taking 'The
City Drawings' as its starting point. This ongoing drawing project transcribes in pencil the anatomy of
every capital city in the world. The series has been purchased by the Irish Museum of Modern Art in its
entirety, and 113 drawings will be included in the exhibition. This will be the first time that 'The City
Drawings' will be exhibited in Ireland. The exhibition also includes approximately 14 other large and small
scale sculptures and drawings made over the same period.
Prendergast is widely regarded as one of Ireland's leading artists of her generation. She began exhibiting
in the early 1980s, producing work which dealt with issues such as the body, mapping, landscape,
power, sexuality and identity. This exhibition is her first solo museum show and will be accompanied by a
fully-illustrated 120 page catalogue, published by IMMA in association with Merrell Holberton, London,
with an essay by Francis McKee, Head of Programming at the Centre for Contemporary Art. Glasgow.