On 20 May 2008, after 36 years of making art as Patrick Ireland, Brian O’Doherty reclaimed his birth name with the burial of his alter ego in the grounds of IMMA. The burial was a gesture of reconciliation to celebrate the restoration of peace in Northern Ireland, just as his action in assuming the name Patrick Ireland was a protest at the British military presence in Northern Ireland and the failure of the authorities to ensure civil rights for all.
|Medium||Limestone headstone, plaster cast Death Mask by Charles Simonds|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Donation, 2008|
Clare Lymer photography
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Brian O’Doherty was born in Ireland and moved to New York in 1957. A qualified medical doctor, O’Doherty also became renowned as an artist, writer, television host, and educator. Consistently exploring the multiple nature of identity, he adopted various personae, most notably 'Patrick Ireland', who was buried at IMMA in 2008. Major retrospectives of O’Doherty/Ireland’s work were held at the National Museum of American Art, The Elvehjem Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art (1994), Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane and the Grey Art Gallery, New York.View Artist
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