Dorothy Walker

CriticismCommentary

Life
1929-1002 [née Dorothy Cole]; b. 16 Jan.; dg. of Wlater Cole, owner of fruit & vegetable business, living in Mountjoy Sq., Dublin; ed. Dominican Convent, Wicklow and Eclole du Louvre, Paris, studying art history; remained in Paris and worked for New York Times Sunday cultural section; joined Michael Scott & Partners; m. Robin Walker (d.1991), 1961; involved in Signa, with Michael Scott and Louis le Brocquy; contrib. art criticism to RTE, 1964-67; art Hibernia art critic, 1967-77; contrb. ed. Studio International; contrib. Sunday Times; vice-pres. of International Assoc. of Art Critics, 1979-81, and president of Irish Section; co-fnd. International Centre for Advanced Studies in Art at NYU, 1981; issued Louis le Brocquy (1981); fnd-member of Rosc Exhibitions, 1967 and 1971; sponsored Irish representation at Rosc 1980; member of first board of IMMA, 1990; championed Michael Coleman, Michael Mulcahy, Patrick Scott, Sean Scully and Michael Farrell (who vocally repudiated her criticism and included a message to her in his cut-out work (‘Maintenant Madame D.W. Vous Pouvex les coup vous même’); judge of Peat-Guinness Awards for Emerging Artists, 1980s; moard of dirs. of Gallery of Photography, 1997-2002; her children are Simon, Michan, Corban and their sisters Sarah and Ciannat; d. 8 Dec.

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Works
Michael Scott, Architect in (casual) conversation with Dorothy Walker (Kinsale: Gandon Editions 1995), 253pp., ill., ports.; Modern Art in Ireland, foreword by Seamus Heaney (Dublin: Lilliput Press 1997), 239pp. Also Without the Walls: John Aiken, James Coleman, Felim Egan, Brian King, Ciaran Lennon, Alanna O’Kelly, Michael O’Sullivan, Nigel Rolfe, Noel Sheridan [ICA Main Gallery, The Mall, London SW1, 16 Feb.-16 March 1980; A Sense of Ireland Ser.] (London: ICA 1980), [19]pp, ill. Also catalogue notes for Patrick Ireland and Patrick Scott, et al.

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Criticism
Obituary, The Irish Times (Dec. 2002).

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Notes
Gift tokens: Dorothy Walker received works as gifts from Louis le Brocquy which sold for 153,000 at de Vere’s (See Phoenix, sat. article on Louis le Brocquy, Dec. 2000.)

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