Opening 2020 with the impressive exhibition YAN has set the tone and standard for the year ahead. After a settling in period in our new magnificent gallery space in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, we are now here to stay. The gallery got a facelift with freshly sanded floorboards and fresh paintwork and it’s like when a new home suddenly stops feeling like someone else’s, but unmistakably ours!
The exhibition YAN, featuring artwork by Richard Gorman, Yoko Hara, Jin Hirosawa, Mayumi Kimura, Azusa Takahashi and Yasuyoshi Tokida was an honour to show, an honour to join forces with such a prestigious gallery, Yanagisawa Gallery in Japan, and an honour to be showing this work at the same time as the Taylor Galleries exhibition also titled YAN featuring the same Japanese artists plus Johannes Eidt, Fergus Feehily, John Graham, Tjibbe Hooghiemstra, David Quinn and Shin Watanabe. With many of the Japanese artists, along with the gallery director Toshiaki Yanagisawa, coming to Ireland for the openings, it was a story about connections and relationships and one that should be celebrated and continued into the future.
As Aidan Dunne said in his 5 star review in The Irish Times of the shows “YAN is a refreshing, surprising, diffuse and enjoyable event, the kind of thing that should happen more often in the visual arts.” Read the full review here.
And the high continues in the coming months with exhibitions by Barbara Rae, Tom Phelan, Mary O’Connor and Neil Dunne…Watch this space!
Images of works in the exhibition and Catherine O’ Riordan welcoming guests at a dinner in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre the evening of the opening.