Ireland, Patrick

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/1117
  • First Name: Patrick
  • Last Name: Ireland
  • Variant Names: O'Doherty, Brian
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 01/01/1934
  • Place of Birth: Roscommon
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
    • Time Based Art
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Installation
    • Performance Art
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Size: 20+
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin.
    • Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin.
    • Other


1963 √Čire Society Gold Medal


Baker, Kenneth, 'Patrick Ireland: Limits of the Eye', Art in America 72 (Summer 1984): 130-133


No Date University College Dublin, Medecine


Ireland is an artist and writer based in New York. Much of his work was conceived as sculpture, installation, drawing and performance. Whilst involving the viewer in an active way visually, it is also loaded with theoretical significance. In 1972 Ireland changed his name from Brian O'Doherty to Patrick Ireland in response to the Bloody Sunday incidents in Derry, Northern Ireland. His intention is to retain the name until British military presence is removed from Northern Ireland and all citizens granted their civil rights. Ireland is internationally recognised as one of Ireland's foremost minimal modernist artists. He worked in New York as an art critic for the New York Times from 1961-1964. Examples of his works are in many United States collections, including the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Wife of art historian and critic Barbara Novak, Ireland has written and published several important articles and documents on art and art theory. In 1976 he published a series of articles based on the ideology of the gallery space for Artforum magazine. These articles were entitled 'Inside the White Cube.' File contains an extensive collection of newspaper articles, essays, catalogues and images of the artist's work.

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