Magazine article Art Monthly

Burial of Patrick Ireland

Magazine article Art Monthly

Burial of Patrick Ireland

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A marker of changed times: the artist Patrick Ireland, an alter ego of Brian O'Doherty since 1972, will be buried on May 20 in the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. 'The burial is 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. "We are burying hate," says the artist, "it's not often you get the chance to do that".' As recently as 2006, when Ireland's Some Electronic Residues of the Corpus of M.D., based on recordings of Duchamp's heartbeat, was selected by Caomhin MacGiolla Leith for an exhibition at The Drawing Room, London, it could not be shown there and was installed in Edinburgh instead (see AM301). O'Doherty changed his name in a performance at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art at Project Arts Centre: masked and clothed in white, he was painted in green and orange, for a while appearing as the Irish tricolour before the colours ran into each other. …

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