Category Archives: Lewis Glucksman Gallery

David Kronn at the Lewis Gluckman gallery

Photograph from the Lewis Glucskman website. Click to go to the site.

The Lewis Glucksman gallery in Cork is currently showing a selection of works from the collection of David Cronn. This exhibition was first shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) during the summer of 2011, and has been reworked by the curatorial team at the Glucksman. See the Glucksman website for more details.

We are planning a trip to see the exhibition on Sat 4th February. We’ll be meeting at 1pm at the main gate to UCC on Western Road. Anyone who wishes to join us is more than welcome. It would be great to meet some fellow Cork photographers!

– Rory

Cork Flooded

Strange that I posted a photo of the Glucksman under a post title of “Normal Service to Return Soon”, when literally within a matter of days, normal service ended at the gallery. Following some of the most extreme weather seen in Cork in years, the basement of the gallery was flooded, with damage to a number of works. This piece is from the Visual Artists Ireland website


Following the heavy rains of the past few days, UCC’s Lewis Glucksman Gallery has announced that the gallery in Cork has suffered extensive flood damage to its basement.

The basement area of the gallery houses storage space, a major plant area and kitchens. The art store area of the basement housed a total of 148 artworks, the majority of which were on loan from University College Cork’s Art Collection, with 11 artworks directly on loan from artists. The art in storage at the time of the flooding included works by artists including Hughie O’Donoghue, Louis le Brocquy and Martin Gale.

A recovery operation was initiated as soon as the gallery was alerted, with floodwater being pumped from the basement and ground floor to clear a safe passage to the art store so that gallery staff and a team of conservation experts could access the basement and respond to the damage.

The main exhibition spaces were not affected but the gallery will remain closed until further notice.

– Rory

Normal service to resume soon!

Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork

Apologies for the complete lack of blogging over the past fortnight. Due to holidays and now travel with work, I haven’t been online much. But there are three further sets of notes from the Short History of Photography at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery series to come, some exciting news about upcoming courses at Lismore Gallery and Studio, and we are also preparing to add gallery pages for the members of Cork Analogue Photographers.

– Rory

Glucksman Craft fair


Pinhole by Brian Barry

Reader Brian Barry sent in the following in the comments section –

“…I’m from Cork and I take Pinhole Photos. I exhibited in Lismore a year ago in the same place The C.A.P. did. It was a show about Cuba.

Anyway, I’m writing to let you know that I’m now making Pinhole Cameras and will be selling them for the first time in The Glucksman next weekend (Nov 6,7,8) at the annual Craftsfair. My cameras each contain a photo etching from my Cuba Obscura collection. I’ll also have my prints available over the few days.  …”

I had a look at his website, and the pinhole photographs are great. If you are out and about in Cork this weekend, the Lewis Glucksman craft fair looks like an interesting place to spend some time.

– Rory

A Short History of Photography at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Week 3

Lee Miller, Self Portrait in HeadbandLee Miller – self portrait in headband

Ooops! Should never leave a two week gap to write up notes! I’ll see what I can drag up from my tired ol’ brain cells on this one! Anyway, back on October 14th myself and a few other CorkAP’ers attended A Short History of Photography at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Week 3. Presented by Chris Clarke, Glucksman Curator of Education and Collections, was The Commercial Image, and a very entertaining and informative lecture it was too.

Chris began his lecture by discussing photography in advertising, and how photography is a realistic medium that is easily mass produced. One of the first images he showed was Lee Miller – self portrait in headband (above). Lee Miller was a model who became a photographer. As her career progressed, Miller became a key figure in fashion, war photography (documenting the 2nd World War for Vogue magazine), and contemporary art, as assistant, muse and lover of surealist artist Man Ray.

Edward teichen - Lee Miller, Kotex AdvertisementEdward Steichen – Kotex advertisment

Miller was introduced to Man Ray by Edward Steichen for whom she modelled for Kotex. At the time this was a very controversial advertisement, as it was the first time that an advertisment for a menstrual hygiene product featured a photograph of a person. But a taboo was broken, and advertising and photography broke new ground.

Edward Steichen - Gary CooperEdward Steichen – Gary Cooper

Steichen was a also cross over photographer between art and advertising, (and a war photographer during WW1). Advertising at this time (and ever since) promoted as much as anything else an aspirational lifestyle, and in photographs such as the one above, we see Gary Cooper depicted in a suave, wealthy, healthy, manner – very aspirational. That said, the difference between how men were depicted in advertising compared to women was stark enough. In both cases, very aspirational, artistic images are used, but images of women were much more objectified than those of men – “Lisa as V.O.G.U.E” by Horst P. Horst, below, being a case in point!

Horst P Horst - Lisa as V.O.G.U.EHorst P Horst – Lisa as V.O.G.U.E

Robert Piguet - Brigand PerfumeRobert Piguet – Brigand Perfume

The way objects were depicted were also aspirational, sexualised, graphic. Robert Piguet’s ad for Brigand perfume is nothing short of phallic!

blow in her face and she'll follow you anywhere!blow in her face and she’ll follow you anywhere (!!)

Cigarette advertising was probably the most explicit in terms of aspirational advertising, with explicit sexual conoctations, emphasising the point that, really, you want these. Of course, cigarette advertising has since been banned (at least in this part of the world – is it banned everywhere?), and to modern eyes the one above for Tipalet is shocking, objectional, and, well, kinda hilarious. Did they really get away with this stuff?!

Silk Cut advertSilk Cut advert

By the 80’s cigarette advertising was very much curtailed, and advertisers had to become much cleverer. The advertisments became much more subliminal, pushing people on a subconcious level. The Silk Cut adverts, designed by Charles Saatchi were very clever, depicting a puple silk with a single slash in the fabric. Sublime, but not condoned!

David LaChapelle - EvianDavid LaChapelle – Evian

Art photographers used advertising as a way to sell their work, as well as the product being advertised. David LaChapelle’s work is big, colourful and garish. The scenes he depicts are very much set up, not quite realistic. His advert for Evian is selling what he does as much as it is selling water. Advertising has always been used by many art photographers as a valid platform to show their work – Jurgen Teller and his Marc Jacobs ads, Oliviero Toscani  and Benetton, Ed Ruscha Absolut Ruscha, Annie Leibovitz – Keith Haring. The list goes on, art photographers selling themselves and their work as much as the products they are commissioned to sell.

Juergen Teller - Marc JacobsJuergen Teller – Marc Jacobs

Toscani - BennetonToscani – Benneton

Absolut RuschaAbsolut Ruscha

Annie Leibovitz - Keith HaringAnnie Leibovitz – Keith Haring

It could be asked given a series of images such as these, are these photographers entirely promoting their own thoughts and ideas, or are they being influenced by their work in advertising, and is this affecting or changing how they work? Advertisers such as Benetton and Marc Jacobs are very keen to work with artists, designers, musicians and photographers. The association is seen, I guess, as mutually beneficial. Similarly, Keith Haring is an artist who alligns himself with photographers. The photograph that Leibovitz took of him definatley must have been mutually beneficial to both the artist and photographer. Of course, most photographers produce their own work as well as the commissions they do for advertisers. William Klein, a painter turned photographer, worked commercially for Vogue, and also took photos, such as “Supermarket and Gun”, which depicted the underlying conditions of the society we live in.

William Klein - Supermarket and GunWilliam Klein – Supermarket and Gun


At the end of the lecture (which didn’t end there, but it’s gone too late to write anymore! ), Chris set us all a task, dividing us into groups and electing people to speak. It was a bit of a jolt to those of us who expected to sit and listen, but it was fun to partake, think a bit about what had been discussed, and have a bit of banter back and forth. All in all a great couple of hours. Tomorrow evening is lecture number 5, The Photographer as Artist. Looking forward to it!

– Rory