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Reading in Public: A Conversation with Shane Cullen
by Brian McAvera

Shane Cullen is an artist from the Republic of Ireland currently living and working in Dublin. He was born in 1957 and has been exhibiting internationally since 1979. He represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1995. Two elements dominate his work: massive scale and the use of text. Probably his best known works are the controversial Fragments sur les Institutions Républicaines, a monument to the secret communications between Republican prisoners and the IRA High Command, which were smuggled out of the Maze Prison during the Hunger Strikes in 1981, and The Agreement, which some saw as a monument to the peace process and others as its tombstone. This latter work was destroyed in a freak accident but is likely to be remade.

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Fragments sur les Institutions Républicaines, 1993–97. Acrylic on Styrofoam, 96 panels, 96 x 30 in.



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