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Aidan Dunne Reviews Vue National Contemporary Art Fair in The Irish Times

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Featuring most of the main Irish galleries, North and South. Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Pl Fri Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 2-5pm Ends Sun 01-6612558

When Louis O’Sullivan’s annual Interiors Fair at the RDS began to incorporate the National Contemporary Art Fair, it seemed as if the idea was really taking off. Then came the economic collapse.

Now the Art Fair is back as VUE at a really exciting venue, the revamped RHA building in Ely Place, right in the heart of the city. It’s a terrific opportunity to get a sense of what goes on in the majority of contemporary Irish art galleries, including the Kerlin, the Rubicon, Green on Red, the Taylor and the Peppercanister.

While many people are still wary about going into a commercial art gallery, the fair provides a perfect setting for familiarising yourself with the distinctive character and policies of each one. There is a wealth of work on view and prices are more competitive than ever.