Richard Hamilton, Bronze by Gold, 1985.


High Falutin Stuff

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
April 8–August 1

Curated by Catherine Marshall

You can almost hear Stephen Dedalus’s voice echoing in the halls of this hospital-turned-museum located on the edge of Phoenix Park. To commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of Bloomsday (June 16, 1904, as all Ulysses fans know), the IMMA presents an exhibition of seventy-five works—drawings, book illustrations, paintings, lithographs, and a number of recent artworks—related to James Joyce, the literary giant of Dublin who lived almost his entire adult life abroad. This show gathers works by fifteen artists, including Matisse, Lucy Richardson, Richard Hamilton, and Sean Scully; the catalogue features an essay by Joyce scholar Terence Killeen. And what of the exhibition’s humorously dismissive title? It’s from Leopold Bloom’s interior monologue in Ulysses’s windy “Aeolus” chapter.