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San Diego Museum of Art goes 'Beyond Reason' with challenging exhibit

San Diego Museum of Art goes 'Beyond Reason' with challenging exhibit

"Tim Shaw: Beyond Reason" is something new for San Diego Museum of Art — a challenging exhibition by a Northern Irish sculptor who grew up during The Troubles (1968-98), a decades-long period of violent conflict between Catholic republicans and Protestant loyalists. On view here are six of his large-scale, surreal portrayals of Troubles then and now, addressing issues like terrorism, power imbalances and freedom of speech. This is the first time his work has been shown in the United States.

Like "Beyond the Age of Reason" across the way at San Diego Art Institute, Shaw's installations are meant to get viewers thinking and talking. They're highly personal,...

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