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Mary McIntyre: A Contemporary Sublime

Mary McIntyre: A Contemporary Sublime
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Mary McIntyre The Lough I (2006) colour lightjet photographic print 80 cm x 100 cm

Mary McIntyre’s images explore the subject of landscape – the picturesque and romantic movements in European landscape painting are a significant influence to her practice.

Her work examines how painting and photography not only portray, but also construct the landscapes we see. She adopts the traditional, formal qualities of landscape painting and re-interprets them within a contemporary context.

McIntyre’s series of images explore elements of natural phenomena and our perceptions of them. By photographing in very specific weathers, such as mist and fog, she produces documents of that which is intangible. In these images, the landscape itself, the supposed ‘site’ of the work, is rendered unknowable; it becomes an absent subject.

This exhibition of McIntyre’s landscape work from 1999 – 2011 is shown for the first time alongside historical paintings which have influenced her practice. The exhibition includes works by Jacob Van Ruisdael, Jean Baptiste Camille Corot and L.S. Lowry.

Artist Talk
6 December, 6pm
Mary McIntyre will discuss her work and how her practice has been influenced by historical painting.

Talk
10 January, 6pm
Christopher Riopelle, Curator, National Gallery London will explore ideas of the sublime with examples from the National Gallery London.

For full information on both talks, visit the Talks page.

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