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Philip Taaffe, b.1955

Cape Siren2008

‘Cape Siren’ is the fourth in a series of works by Taaffe with imaginary capes in the title. ‘Cape Siren’ features decorative motifs used by the native population of western Canada, where capes are a dominant geographical feature. Forms from this shamanic culture are alternated with Chinese heads and heads of mermaids and sirens of Greco-Roman origin. This work was donated as a heritage gift to IMMA’s collection in 2008.

MediumMixed media on linen
Dimensions297.8 x 246.7 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift by Lochlann and Brenda Quinn, 2008
Item NumberIMMA.2221
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Philip Taaffe, Cape Siren, 2008, Mixed media on linen, 297.8 x 246.7 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift by Lochlann and Brenda Quinn, 2008

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About the Artist

Philip Taaffe b.1955

American artist Philip Taaffe (born 1955) studied at Cooper Union in New York. Taaffe’s vivid, abstract paintings employ symbols drawn from a vast array of cultural and historical sources, from Islamic architecture and Eastern European textile design, to calligraphy and information technology. Taaffe has exhibited extensively in Europe and the US, including a solo exhibition at IMMA in 2011. Taaffe’s work is represented in major public collections including those of the MoMA, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid.
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