Willie Doherty
Irish, born 1959
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Alexander and Bonin at ARCOmadrid 2018,
Alexander and Bonin
2017
Willie Doherty, Mona Hatoum, and Rita McBride,
Alexander and Bonin
2016
Willie Doherty: Passage,
Alexander and Bonin

A photographer and video and installation artist, Willie Doherty explores the histories embedded in specific terrains, frequently returning to the subject of his native city of Derry, a locale in many ways defined by decades of fraught political conflict in Northern Ireland. Doherty’s early work often overlaid images with words and phrases, and incorporated pictures from media coverage of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, suggesting the slippery meaning underlying an image. In other works he combines elements of film noir, allusions to contemporary surveillance culture, and landscape imagery, to unsettling effect. His video installation The Only Good One is a Dead One (1993) turns the viewer into both assassin and target, while his film Secretion (2012) addresses the landscape of Kassel, Germany as a repository of its traumatic past. Doherty considers Richard Long, Barbara Kruger, and Jenny Holzer to be major influences on his work.