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23 March – 12 June 2011

This survey exhibition of the work of the American painter Philip Taaffe, features 34 mixed media, mostly abstract paintings from the last ten years. Taaffe’s work has been celebrated in museums around the world for its rich fusion of abstraction with ornamentation, combining elements of Islamic architecture, Op Art, Eastern European textile design, calligraphy and botanical illustration. The exhibition includes many of the most striking examples of the vivid, complex images that result from Taaffe’s highly individual use of line and colour.

Born in 1955 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Philip Taaffe studied at the Cooper Union in New York City. His first solo exhibition was in 1982, and his work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including the Carnegie International, two Sydney Biennials and three Whitney Biennials. In 2000 the IVAM museum in Valencia staged a retrospective survey of his work. Taaffe’s work is also collected by some of the world’s leading, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York, and the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue featuring texts from Colm Tóibín and an interview with Philip Taaffe.  There is also a Limited Edition print for sale to IMMA Members.

Supported by the American Friends of the Arts in Ireland and The Clarence Hotel.


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A Limited Edition print by Philip Taaffe , Composition with Ornamental Fragments 6, 2011, is available to buy, for more information please follow the link to  IMMA Editions

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.