Peter Burns, Mary DeVincentis, Lizbeth Mitty, Helen O’Leary
The exhibition, featuring works by Peter Burns, Mary DeVincentis, Lizbeth Mitty, and Helen O’Leary, takes its title from musical group R.E.M.’s 1985 masterpiece album of the same name. The album was so deeply imbued with southern narrative that it was originally named The Sound and the Fury, a title it would have shared with William Faulkner’s novel. R.E.M.’s lead singer Michael Stipe said during a radio interview in 1985 that, “Up to the last minute, it was titled something else that we stole from Shakespeare but we decided against it because William Faulkner had already stolen it.” The quote in question comes from Macbeth. (Don’t forget to read it with a hillbilly accent):
O’Leary has participated in group exhibitions around the world including the National Gallery of Art in Limerick, Ireland; the Glasgow Museum of Art in Scotland; the Scott Pfaffman Gallery in New York City; the Galerie le Petit Port in Leiden, The Netherlands; the Contemporary Arts Centre in Sydney, Australia; and in Shanghai, China. The Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago; the Michael Gold Gallery in New York City; the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia; The Beverly Art Centre in Chicago; the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi, India; the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin, and the Catherine Hammond Gallery in Cork, Ireland are among the many venues that have mounted solo exhibitions of her work. Helen O’Leary’s art has been honored with two Pollock-Krasner awards (1989, 1996) and a Joan Mitchell Award for painting and sculpture ((2000), several grants from the Arts Council of Ireland, a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010 and most recently (this spring) a recipient of the Art Purchase award from The Academy of Arts and Letters.
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