Iván Argote wins the land art commission – Announcements


Sculpture Dublin is pleased to announce Ivan Argote as a laureate of the Sainte-Anne park land art commission. Argote proposed a terracing that engages with the biosphere view of Dublin Bay, linking St. Anne’s Park to the panoramic view of Howth Head to the north, across the lagoon, Bull Island and over the city, dramatically backdrop by the Dublin – Wicklow Mountains. With a single emphatic gesture, the work will play with perspective and allow park visitors to experience a familiar landscape in a new way. Inspired by ancient monuments, architecture and historic garden follies in the park, it offers a simple ritual that can be repeated, each time creating a new encounter with land, sea and sky.

Iván Argote is a Colombian artist and director based in Paris. Through his sculptures, installations, films and interventions, he questions our relationship to others, to power structures and belief systems. He develops strategies based on tenderness, affect and humor through which he generates critical approaches to dominant historical narratives. In his interventions on monuments, ephemeral and permanent public works of art on a large scale – such as his upcoming commissions for the new campuses of the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, at Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies), or his installations for Désert X 2019 and in Douala, Cameroon – Iván Argote proposes new symbolic and political uses of public space.

Recent solo exhibitions and projects include: ChaflierplatzDortmunder Kunstverein, Germany, 2021; A place for usPerrotin, New York, 2021; All here togetherArtpace, San Antonio, Texas, 2021; Juntos togetherASU Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, 2019; radical tendernessMALBA, Buenos Aires, 2018; Somos TiernosMuseo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico, 2017; SomosGallery Vermelho, Sao Paulo, 2017; Love’s RevengePerrotin, New York, 2017; Let’s write a story of hopesGallery Vermelho, Sao Paulo, 2014; The EstrategiaPalais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013; Sin heroisms, por favorCA2M, Madrid, 2012. Argote is currently completing a one-year residency at the Villa Medici: the French Academy in Rome, and was recently nominated for the prestigious 2022 Marcel Duchamp Prize.

Sculpture Dublin: commissions

In 2021, Sculpture Dublin unveiled three new commissions. RGB wall lamp, hold your nose through Alan Phelan is a 5.5 meter high freestanding wall light, covered in eco-plastic and paper, commissioned for the O’Connell plinth outside the town hall. Although markedly different from the monumental marble sculpture supported by the plinth before, the work takes its context from the surrounding buildings and recent stories nearby.

Smithfield Utah through Alan Butlercommissioned for Smithfield Square Lower, references the “Utah Teapot”, an iconic virtual teapot shape, designed by mathematician Martin Newell in 1975. The shape was chosen as a symbol of human connection, while historically standing at the intersection of mathematics, architecture, animation, cinema and visual art production.

THE BRIDGE: Fiacha Dhubha Fhionglaise ar Foluain (Finglas Ravens Soar) through Sara Cunningham Bellcommissioned for Kildonan Park in Finglas, was created in collaboration with local people and celebrates the region’s history and identity.

In 2022, orders for Bushy Park, the new People’s Park at Ballyfermot and St. Anne’s Park will be completed by Corban walker, Breda Brown and Ivan Argote respectively.

Experience! Winner of the Sculpture Prize, Rory Tangneyis currently working in residence at Fire Station Artists’ Studios to create new works to be exhibited at LAB Gallery in March.

Sculpture Dublin: public engagement

Public engagement with sculpture continues in the form of tours, lectures, workshops and a range of associated activities. Writer, curator and art historian, Padraic E. Moore is the guest curator of a series of “conversation pieces” with each of the artists commissioned. Recordings of Alan Phelan in conversation with Pavel S. Pyś, Curator of Visual Arts at Walker Art Center, Minieapolis, and Alan Butler in conversation with Dag Spicer, Senior Curator at the Computer History Museum, California, can be viewed at website. A series of lectures by Professor Paula Murphy on the history and practice of sculpture in Dublin are also available, as well as published articles, information on the city’s public sculpture collections, temporary exhibitions and much more!

Sculpture Dublin is an initiative of Dublin City Council designed to raise awareness of sculpture in Dublin and to commission six new works for parks and public spaces across the city.

For more information, contact Sculpture Dublin Program Director Karen Downey at =(c=c.charCodeAt(0)+13)?c:c-26);});return false”>karen [​at​] sculpturedublin.ie.


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