BRIAN O’DOHERTY has had a remarkable and multifaceted career as artist, critic, novelist, and more. After working as a medical doctor and researcher in the UK, O’Doherty relocated to the US, where he hosted two network television shows on art; held posts as critic for the New York Times and editor of Art in America; edited and designed the groundbreaking “conceptual issue” of the multimedia magazine-in-a-box Aspen, a touchstone for Triple Canopy; authored the seminal essay series Inside the White Cube; and, as a director for the NEA visual arts and media programs, helped make Soho a magnet for artists, coining the term “alternative space” and championing early video art. From 1972 to 2008, he worked as an artist under the pseudonym Patrick Ireland.
Have doctors lost their culture? I will ignore the smart student in the back row who whispers loudly “Did they ever have one?” Let me answer that medical student, who may well be the young Oliver Gogarty.