previews

  • “What We Call Love: From Surrealism To Now”

    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
    September 12 - February 7

    Curated by Christine Macel and Rachael Thomas

    Wittgenstein famously noted that love is not a sensation but a disposition; it is “put to the test” in ways that the feeling of pain, for instance, is not. This sweeping survey proposes to further probe the shifting and often elusive grammar of love, as figured in nearly two hundred artworks (dating from the 1920s to the present, and including several new commissions) in various media. The sixty-odd featured creators range from canonical Surrealists and fellow travelers (Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Méret Oppenheim) to a diverse group of more and less familiar contemporary figures (VALIE EXPORT, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Annabel Daou, Garrett Phelan). The show and accompanying catalogue will incorporate perspectives from art history, neuroscience, and sociology; it remains to be seen how—or indeed whether—these differing approaches demonstrate the emphasis on language at work in the show’s intriguing curatorial premise.