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Gallery of big names step out for exhibition

It was a busy week in the Irish art world, with an exhibition and a new gallery introduced to the masses in the capital.

Dublin's Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn lifted the curtain on Dublin Divided: September 1913 at the Hugh Lane Gallery on Wednesday evening, officially opening a collection featuring paintings, sculpture and drawings by names including John Lavery, Sarah Purser, John and Jack B Yeats, Casimir Markievicz, Auguste Rodin, Sarah Cecilia Harrison and Maurice MacGonigal.

Chatting over a glass of champagne, former provost of Trinity College John Hegarty and his successor Paddy Prendergast, director Barbara Dawson and writer Pádraig Yeates were also admiring the works.

Performance artist Amanda Coogan provided additional entertainment, while curator of the exhibition Margarita Cappock walked guests through the history of the catalogue.

Meanwhile, filmmaker Jim Sheridan joined art dealers Oliver Sears and Catherine O'Riordan to cut the ribbon on SO Fine Art Editions, a new creative hub on Dublin's South Anne Street. Several well known faces turned out for the occasion, among them Hughie O'Donogahue, Patrick O'Reilly and Stephen Lawlor.

American artist Jeff Sneider also flew in specially.

– LB

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