Artist Brian O'Doherty (a.k.a. Patrick Ireland) and his wife, art historian Barbara Novak's Italian House called Casa Dipinta (Painted House) belongs to them for almost 40 years. It opened to the public on 11th Oct 2012. O’Doherty, author of the seminal Inside the White Cube (1976) created this unique ‘anti-white cube’ museum in a lived environment over decades. It will serve as a permanent record of Ireland’s art, and through the donation of their individual libraries, as a research resource for artists and students of 20th century art.
This work was specifically made for the exhibition "Dublin Contemporary 2011", through the collaborative efforts of Brian O'Doherty, Joe Stanley and Christina Kennedy. It explores the themes of death and resurrection in a highly creative and engaging installation created in tribute to Samuel Beckett. Photographs taken by Fionn McCann
After the Derry Massacre of 1972, the artist Brian O’Doherty undertook to sign his works ‘Patrick Ireland’ until such time as the British military presence was removed from Northern Ireland and all citizens were accorded their civil rights. Those conditions are now fulfilled, thereby terminating Patrick Ireland’s existence. The burial (2008 IMMA) is a gesture of reconciliation to celebrate the restoration of peace in Northern Ireland.
Artist and author Brian O’Doherty spent part of 1966–7 assembling the legendary Aspen 5+6 (1967), a multimedia magazine-in-a-box. Its stellar cast of contributors includes Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Morton Feldman, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Hans Richter, Robert Rauschenberg, Alain Robbe-Grillet and Susan Sontag, and it also contained the first publication of Roland Barthes’ seminal essay ‘The Death of the Author’.