Emeritus Professor of Irish Visual Culture UU, Belfast. Research has focused on modernist/contemporary Irish art and architecture by way of publications and curating national and international exhibitions.
Selected Books include The City as Art (ed.), 1994
Thinking Long: Contemporary Art in the North of Ireland, 1996
Art and The Disembodied Eye, 2007 The School of Art and Design, Belfast 1960-2009, 2009
The Collected Essays of Brian O’Doherty, UCLA Press, California (ed.), 2018.
Since 1980 I have authored some 36 essays/articles as well presented some 30 conference papers at various conferences world wide including International Association of Art Critics (various global locations); Association of Art Historians (UK); and College Art Association (USA).
Papers presented at ACIS:
Drew University, 2010
New Orleans, 2012
Invited Keynote speaker, Manhattan College, New York, 2011
Paper presented at CAIS, Montreal, 2011
Invited speaker (selected) at:
Mediation of Comtemporary Art: European Perspectives for Artistic Teaching and Education, Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2000
Harry Irwin Foundation, Edinburgh Festival, 2004
National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, 2005
Pace University, New York, 2007
Colloquium on Conspiracy Dwellings, South Hill Park, Bracknell, England, 2008
Royal Irish Academy, 2009
Organised exhibition and contributed essay for book on L’imaginaire Irlandais, Paris, 1996
Organiser/Co-organiser of five international conferences in Ireland.
AICA annual conference in Derry/ Belfast ‘Art and Centres of Conflict: Outer and Inner Realities’, 1996
‘Contestations,’ Association of Art Historians (UK) in Belfast, 2007
Director of the Orchard Gallery. Derry, 1996-1999. The gallery was internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for the visual arts. Developed international outreach programme with exhibitions of Irish artists in New York, Paris and Ljubliana.
Former President of the International Association of Art Critics ( AICA Irish Section).
Former Vice- President of AICA International.
Former member of the Visual Arts committee, Arts Council N.Ireland.
Former member of the Audience Council, BBC, N Ireland.
Former Board member of Ormeau Baths Galley, Belfast
In 2005 I co-organised the exhibition ‘Prepossession’ at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales.The exhibition and related colloquium brought together artists whose works intersected with key debates on the representation of trauma related to political violence, racism and colonialism.