Willie Doherty

  • Nick Relph, Raining Room, 2012, car wheels, 2' 1“ x 5' 9 1/4” x 10' 6 1/4".

    THEIR FAVORITE EXHIBITIONS OF THE YEAR

    To take stock of the past year, Artforum asked an international group of artists to select the single image, exhibition, or event that most memorably captured their eye in 2012.

    RITA ACKERMANN

    Gang Gang Dance (September 22, Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn) If materialism is the unwanted fat on our spirits, Gang Gang Dance’s music is the blade that cuts it all off. Their sounds burn up that heaviness of need and greed and lift the spirits to other dimensions. A hundred years ago, Rudolf Steiner wrote The Philosophy of Freedom and feverishly lectured about protective space and other visionary ideas to

  • SAME DIFFERENCE: A PROJECT FOR ARTFORUM

    PLACE IS IMPORTANT in the work of Willie Doherty, place and a political predicament—the so-called “Irish Problem”—that disallows a simple formal reading of his conceptually oriented image/text pieces. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1959, Doherty chooses to live and work there, and this choice inflects his pieces, even when they appear in another context.

    Naming is a way of knowing the world, of gaining mastery of it. Doherty knows this to be a complex conceptual maneuver, especially when an exclusive right to name is claimed by the state—in this case the British government, which for two