David Ireland

American, 1930–2009

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David Ireland

American, 1930–2009

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A prominent figure in the Bay Area’s Conceptual art movement, David Ireland made sculptures and installations from crude everyday objects such as cement and disused parts of furniture. Ireland’s work was sometimes described as espousing a “dumb-object” style, in which the artist announced a material’s meaninglessness with deadpan humor, assigning a voice to objects that had been overlooked. In the mid-1970s, while in graduate school in San Francisco, Ireland met other figures in the Conceptual art movement, including Tom Marioni, Paul Kos, and Terry Fox. An artist who merged art and life, Ireland was well known for his house, 500 Capp Street in San Francisco, which he bought in 1975 and spend more than 30 years transforming into a work of art. “I got into the house and saw it not in an architectural way, but a sculptural way,” he once said.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Biography

A prominent figure in the Bay Area’s Conceptual art movement, David Ireland made sculptures and installations from crude everyday objects such as cement and disused parts of furniture. Ireland’s work was sometimes described as espousing a “dumb-object” style, in which the artist announced a material’s meaninglessness with deadpan humor, assigning a voice to objects that had been overlooked. In the mid-1970s, while in graduate school in San Francisco, Ireland met other figures in the Conceptual art movement, including Tom Marioni, Paul Kos, and Terry Fox. An artist who merged art and life, Ireland was well known for his house, 500 Capp Street in San Francisco, which he bought in 1975 and spend more than 30 years transforming into a work of art. “I got into the house and saw it not in an architectural way, but a sculptural way,” he once said.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Articles Featuring David Ireland
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Oct 23rd, 2017
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