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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
Dimensions Unframed, 297.8 x 246.7 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift by Lochlann and Brenda Quinn, 2008
Item NumberIMMA.2221
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Philip Taaffe, Cape Siren, 2008, Mixed media on linen, Unframed, 297.8 x 246.7 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift by Lochlann and Brenda Quinn, 2008

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Philip Taaffe b.1955

American artist Philip Taaffe attended Cooper Union in New York. Taaffe’s abstract paintings employ symbols drawn from an array of cultural and historical sources, from Islamic architecture and Eastern European textile design, to calligraphy and information technology. Taaffe’s work is represented in major public collections including the MoMA, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid. A solo exhibition of his work took place at IMMA in 2011.

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