Willie Doherty: Requisite Distance


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Ghost Story and Landscape

Charles Wylie; With a contribution by Erin K. Murphy

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The art of Willie Doherty (b. 1959), one of Northern Ireland’s most important artists, joins history, memory, and language into an enveloping experience. This catalogue features two bodies of Doherty’s 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 region’s Troubles, Doherty’s art is nonetheless universal in effect and can be seen independent of any specific context. Charles Wylie’s 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.

Distributed for the Dallas Museum of Art

Exhibition Schedule:

Dallas Museum of Art (5/23/09 – 8/16/09)

Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana (fall 2010) 

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.


Dallas Museum of Art (5/23/09 – 8/16/09)

Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana (fall 2010) 

ISBN: 9780300152555
Publication Date: July 7, 2009
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Dallas Museum of Art
96 pages, 10 x 8 1/2
65 color illus.
Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas

Edited by Charles Wylie; With contributions by Yve-Alain Bo

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On Kawara

10 Tableaux and 16,952 Pages

Texts by Charles Wylie, Ervin Laszlo, and Takafumi Matsui

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