Brian Maguire

Hugh Lane Gallery

“Around me the images of thirty years.” In his poem “The Municipal Gallery Revisited,” W.B. Yeats surveyed, with a mixture of pride and wonder, a collection of images that charted the course of the first three tumultuous decades of twentieth-century Irish history. The country Yeats chose to reflect on was “an Ireland the poets have imagined, terrible and gay.” As the twenty-first century dawns, Dublin’s Municipal Gallery has temporarily consigned a sizable chunk of its permanent collection to the storerooms in order to devote an unusually generous amount of exhibition space to an extensive survey of the work of Brian Maguire. “Inside/Out” is made up almost entirely of work from the ’90s in a variety of media and characterized throughout by Maguire’s fierce but humane engagement with national politics and his unremitting concern with the mechanics of social injustice and exclusion, both at

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