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Willie Doherty: Requisite Distance: Ghost Story and Landscape

by Charles Wylie and Erin K. Murphy Dallas Museum of Art
Pub Date:
07/2009
ISBN:
9780300152555
Format:
Hbk 96 pages
Price:
AU$39.99 NZ$41.73
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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The art of Willie Doherty (b. 1959), one of Northern Irelands most important artists, joins history, memory, and language into an enveloping experience. This catalogue features two bodies of Dohertys work: Ghost Story, a tensely beautiful 15-minute media work based on landscape and memory, and a selection of photographs of the borderlands between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Arising from the regions Troubles, Dohertys art is nonetheless universal in effect and can be seen independent of any specific context. Charles Wylies essay deals with how Ghost Story evokes a mind at work trying to recall unsettling things, and the impact of memory on the present. Through vivid imagery, Doherty creates a cinematic tale of quiet suspense whose evocative text (written by Doherty and published here in its entirety) is narrated by the actor Stephen Rea. Critically acclaimed at the 2007 Venice Biennale, Ghost Story is paired with eleven similar yet distinct large-scale color photographs from the 1990s that in still form powerfully depict the famed Irish landscape as a site of unease amidst lyrical beauty.

Charles Wylie is The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art, and author of Robert Ryman and Sigmar Polke: History of Everything.