Kathy Prendergast

IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art

Although it was billed as a midcareer retrospective, only two of the works included in “The End and the Beginning” dated from before the past three years, but one of these was the result of many years of Herculean labor. Kathy Prendergast has been a notable presence in Irish art since the early ’80s, when, as a student, she produced her first map works—a time when the trope of the map was by no means as ubiquitous in contemporary art as it was subsequently to become. The inevitable centerpiece of this show was the most extensive presentation to date of Prendergast’s series of pencil drawings of all of the world’s capital cities, begun in 1992 and now part of the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Faint filigrees bereft of annotation, these delicately drawn maps resemble impossibly detailed anatomical drawings, suggesting a view of the contemporary city as an often fragile,

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