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The DMA Getting Some Photos, Getting Some NYT Respect


by Jerome Weeks 18 Mar 2009

The Dallas Museum of Art recently announced a new summer exhibition of works by noted Irish photographer and video artist Willie Doherty, short-listed twice for England’s Turner Prize. The show, Willie Doherty: Requisite Distance premieres May 24 and runs through August 16, and it includes eleven landscape photos of Northern Ireland, plus his 15-minute Ghost […]

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1199994832image_webThe Dallas Museum of Art recently announced a new summer exhibition of works by noted Irish photographer and video artist Willie Doherty, short-listed twice for England’s Turner Prize. The show, Willie Doherty: Requisite Distance premieres May 24 and runs through August 16, and it includes eleven landscape photos of Northern Ireland, plus his 15-minute Ghost Story (above) from 2007, which is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Stephen Rea and which the DMA has acquired for its collection. Doherty’s work is known for what DMA curator Charles Wylie calls its mix of “beauty and apprehension.” (One portrait of a skinheaded,  confrontational man staring levelly at the camera is titled “Non-Specific Threat.”)

Tomorrow, you’ll be reading about it in the print version of the  New York Times’ special museum section, its survey of noteworthy summer events (including the Kimbell’s Art & Love in Renaissance Italy).

Benjamin Genocchio writes:

“Willie Doherty: Requisite Distance.” This show offers a concentrated view of the work of Willie Doherty, one of the more influential conceptual artists to emerge from Northern Ireland in the past decade. Photographs and video make up the show, including a powerful 15-minute film, “Ghost Story,” a hit of the 2007 Venice Biennale

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