Thinking Long : Contemporary Art in the North of Ireland

Liam Kelly
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This book examines art practice in, and in relation to Northern Ireland during a period of acute political and social change - from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.

The author discusses thematic issues, tendencies and preoccupations by artists who were born in or who lived and worked in Northern Ireland during this time, and others whose work relates to the region.

Kelly expertly addresses themes such as place and identity; landscape, city, land and language; memory and the body; as well as matters of artistic style and context. Much of the art produced is concerned with imagery of the Troubles. The book focuses on the work of eighty key artists, with an illustrated discussion of each artist's work, detailed biographic notes and a well-annotated text. Thinking Long is an essential reference book to art practice in Northern Ireland, documenting a period of turmoil and change in the region's complex history.

"Thinking Long is a beautifully produced book, clearly laid out, generously illustrated and durably bound. Kelly is scrupulously open to the work of the artists he discusses: he tries to articulate what is in the work, rather than dictate his own view.

For these reasons, it is an indispensable reference." - Aidan Dunne, Sunday Tribune "Excellent layout and content in each chapter ... combine to make a brilliant book." - Waterstone's Guide to Irish Books "A handsome volume from the ever-busy Gandon Editions ... the text is extremely rich and the author has distilled many years' hard thought into a manageable form which is both informative and readable ... The images are well chosen and very well reproduced " - Ann Cremin, Irish Arts Review "Easily the most handsome of recent publications on art..." - Circa art magazine "The most substantial account of this art to be published recently ... beautifully illustrated ... Kelly's book is indispensable." - Very Ryan, Irish Examiner

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ISBN/EAN 9780946641666
Author Liam Kelly
Publisher Gandon
Publication date 1 Nov 1996
Format Hardback
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