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Patrick Ireland

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“Patrick Ireland” is a pseudonym adopted by Irish-born Brian O’Doherty in 1972, “until such time as the British military presence is removed from Northern Ireland.” This miniretrospective of his work, curated by Russell Panczenko, was a revised version of a show Panczenko originally curated for the Elvehejen Museum in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ireland’s oeuvre is the expression of an elegant mind. Some of the works involve references to the artist’s original profession as a medical doctor. Kip’s Bay: The Body and Its Discontents, 1964, for example, is a stacked array of little boxes with medical terms on them, somewhat in the spirit of Flux-boxes and of certain early analytical works by Robert Smithson. Portrait of Marcel Duchamp, Lead 1, 1966–67, is based on an electrocardiogram of Duchamp, which the artist-as-doctor took in the last years of Duchamp’s life.

Another group of works—drawings,

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