You likely know Brian O’Doherty by several other names. He is notable for many things, not least of which are the multiple identities he assumed and performed over a sixty year career to give voice to various aspects of his creative and political expression.

This spring marks the 10th anniversary of the “death” of Patrick Ireland, and the man himself will be returning to his homeland for a number of exhibitions of his work.

IMMA, Dublin: April 26–September 16, 2018

Brian O’Doherty – Language and Space in association with Stoney Road Press

This exhibition will coincide with the 10th anniversary of The Burial of Patrick Ireland (1972–2008), a performance which took place at IMMA in which Patrick Ireland, the artistic alias adopted by Brian O’Doherty in 1972, was waked and buried, in a gesture of celebration of peace in Northern Ireland.

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork: March 2–May 27, 2018

BRIAN O’DOHERTY: ‘There is no thing here but much else’

This three-month screening series examines the important role that film has played in the sixty-year career of internationally renowned, New York-based Irish artist Brian O’Doherty (Patrick Ireland). Taking its title from O’Doherty’s review of Patrick Ireland’s exhibition at the Charles Cowles Gallery (1990), O’Doherty playfully and succinctly critiques his alter ego’s installation.

SIRIUS ARTS CENTRE, Cobh, County Cork: April 20, 2018–April 2019

ONE HERE NOW: The Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland Project

In the stunning light-filled centre gallery of Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, County Cork, behind two layers of liner paper and twenty years of white emulsion, lies a very well-kept secret. ‘One, Here, Now’ is a nine-part series of spectacular floor-to-ceiling wall paintings by the eminent New York-based Irish artist Brian O’Doherty (formerly known as Patrick Ireland), that were made over twenty years ago and subsequently covered up and almost forgotten about, until now.

Image from Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, County Cork

In addition to expressing himself through his alternate personae, O’Doherty is distinguished through his own proto-Minimalist, conceptual, and unorthodox art practice, his extraordinary writing as a critic and intellectual in which he became an inside guide to the working and thinking of a host of artists over the years, as art critic for the New York Times, editor of Art in America, and author of the highly influential Inside the White Cube (along with several novels, including one shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2000).

In June the long-awaited volume of his most powerful writing, including essays on major figures such as Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol, a substantial follow-up to his iconic Inside the White Cube, and new pieces specifically authored for this collection, will be published by UC Press.

“Hard to pigeonhole and much the better for that fact, Brian O’Doherty writes with superb insight and eloquence on a wide span of topics. Indeed, the very range of O’Doherty’s subjects reflects a mind that has not been stymied by the narrow ‘discourse’ of academe.”—David Anfam, critic, curator, and writer

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