Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland, Portrait of Marcel Duchamp: Mounted Cardiogram 4/4/66, 1966, ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2".

New York

Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland

Grey Art Gallery
100 Washington Square East New York University
April 17–July 14

Curated by Barbara Dawson and Christina Kennedy

Adopting, over the years, a string of aliases—of which Patrick Ireland is the longest-lived—Irish-born polymath Brian O’Doherty moved from Boston (where he studied public health at Harvard) to New York in 1961, subsequently working as an art critic for the New York Times. A pioneering Conceptualist, O’Doherty also penned, for these pages in 1976, the three essays that would become Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space. Traveling from the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, this retrospective of the artist’s visual work—curated by Barbara Dawson and Christina Kenedy—comprises approximately seventy-five paintings, sculptures, installations, and drawings that span the past four decades, interrogating perception, language, and the definition of art with a Duchampian wit usefully augmented by the artist’s literary-political heritage. The catalogue includes lively essays by, among others, Hans Belting and Thomas McEvilley.