Katie Holten

Hugh Lane Gallery

Katie Holten’s exhibition is the sixth installment in “The Golden Bough,” a suite of solo shows by different artists at the Hugh Lane that borrows its title from James George Frazer’s 1890 study of mythology and religion. Curator Michael Dempsey’s statement frames the series as a reflection on the institutional dynamics of the art world, envisaging the museum as a sacred site assailed by generations of artists—referring to myths discussed by Frazer, such as the “King of the Wood,” according to which a sacred tree is guarded by a pagan priest who has murdered his predecessor and is doomed to the same fate. Holten’s exhibition, which is accompanied by a sister show, “The Golden Bough II,” at LMAKprojects in New York, makes direct reference to this source material. Small tree branches partly covered in gold paint are displayed around the walls; copies of Frazer’s book are laid out on a wooden

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