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Noel Sheridan, 1936–2006

Everybody Should Get Stones2005

As Conceptual Art emerged through the late 1960s, its credo that ‘art is ideas’ challenged notions about art, society, politics and the media. Conceived in Wicklow in 1971 and installed for the first time at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, in 1975, Everybody Should Get Stones is indebted to the avant-garde Irish literary tradition of Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Flann O’Brien. Using stones as a simile, Sheridan encourages the viewer/participant to question how our perceptions of reality and knowledge of art are acquired.

MediumMixed Media
Dimensions Unframed, 12 x 40.5 x 28.5 cm
Sheet size, 60 x 42 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2006
EditionEdition of 3
Item NumberIMMA.1975
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Noel Sheridan, Everybody Should Get Stones, 2005, Mixed Media, Unframed, 12 x 40.5 x 28.5 cm|Sheet size, 60 x 42 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2006

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

About the Artist

Noel Sheridan 1936–2006

Dublin born artist Noel Sheridan attended Trinity College, Dublin, and Columbia University, New York. He exhibited at the Dawson Gallery in the late 1950s and represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1960. He won the Carroll Prize for Painting at the Living Art Exhibition in Dublin in 1965 and 1969. Sheridan was Director of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, from 1980 to 2002. He was a founding member of Independent Artists, a committee member of Rosc and was elected to Aosdána.

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