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IMMA x 2

Posted on Jan 27, 2011

I revisited ‘The Moderns’ at IMMA with a shrewd dealer from the North the other day, he was equally impressed. A few thoughts we shared: the Paul Henry room shows the artist at his magnificent best in two particularly fine figurative works. However, some of the landscapes, specifically two from the Bank of Ireland Collection are very poor indeed. It just proves my point that all artists have off days.

We also agreed that Louis le Brocquy is a great Irish artist and his recent price collapse in the salerooms is nonsense. It’s true he had been overpriced in a heated market, but it has now gone to the other extreme now. A hidden gem at the exhibition is a small landscape by Phelan Gibb, very much in the style of Roderic O’Conor.

Finally, Bonhams sale of Irish Art takes place on February 9th, the catalogue arrived yesterday. On their own admission they travelled the world collecting and yes they have a few good paintings in the 108 lots. However, it certainly illustrates the difficulty in tracking down good stock.

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Clearance Auction on March 6th 2011

Posted on Jan 25, 2011

We’ve been having a good clearout of the storeroom for our auction on March 6th. Many ‘old friends’ have resurfaced and will be entered without reserve. Of particular interest are a little gem of a Tony O’Malley and a large Tim Goulding. Also came across a print by Victor Pasmore, the British artist and architect, who in the 1940s and 50s helped drive abstract art in Britain.

I’ll keep digging…

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