with a talk by editor Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes at 8pm (sharp!)
Brian O’Doherty’s / Patrick Ireland’s seminal work comprises his visual art practice, art criticism, institutional leadership and -critique, media work, and literary writing. O’Doherty’s role in conceptual art and minimalism in New York e.g. through publication of a box-shaped journal, Aspen 5+6 (1967), his seminal critique of the Modernist white cube gallery (Inside the White Cube, 1976), his art-historical ventures, and key role in creating funding mechanisms for conceptual and live art in the US (as a Program Director of the National Endowment for the Arts) are topics this evening. He differentiated and called into question many categories, such as landscape, drawing, the senses, and word and image relations. In doing so, he anticipated many now current concerns, especially art writing and artistic research.
A volume, edited by Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes (Amsterdam: Valiz), newly investigates his work through a diversity of historical and theoretical responses. The focus lies on his mode of systemic thinking, embracing the paradox of being situated between institution and institutional critique, both inside and outside the white cube, and in both word and image. He sits in the most fruitful place: between all the stools – and he has thought through what it may mean when those working in and with art find themselves there.
The volume will have its Amsterdam launch at San Serriffe this evening. Mia Lerm Hayes will speak about Brian O’Doherty (born 1928), about his practice and its relevance in both the current socio-political climate - and in an art bookshop.
Mia is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History, University of Amsterdam. Until 2014 she worked at the University of Ulster, Belfast, leading a Research Graduate School there (2007-11). Her books include: Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland: Word, Image and Institutional Critique (ed., Valiz 2017), Post-War Germany and ‘Objective Chance’: W.G. Sebald, Joseph Beuys and Tacita Dean (Steidl 2011), Beuysian Legacies in Ireland and Beyond: Art, Culture and Politics (ed. with Victoria Walters, LIT 2011), Joyce in Art (Lilliput 2004), and James Joyce als Inspirationsquelle für Joseph Beuys (Olms 2001). She has curated exhibitions at: RHA, Goethe Institut, Dublin; Tolstoy Estate, Russia; MoA, Seoul; GTG, Belfast; LCGA, Limerick; CCI, Paris; M HKA, Antwerp; www.strijdinfinity.com.