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Dennis Oppenheim: Land and Body Art from the 1960s and '70sBorn in California in 1938, Dennis Oppenheim is one of the key figures of American Conceptual Art of the last 50 years and is one of a small group of important artists, which included Walter de Maria, Michael Heizer and Robert Smithson, who took American art out into the vast spaces of the West, away from the New York art scene and its galleries.
This exhibition of 16 works focuses on Oppenheim's Land and Body art from the 1960s and '70s and comprises video installations, such as The Gingerbread Man, 1970, and Condensed 220 Yard Dash, 1969; a range of mechanised sculpture, such as Attempt to Raise Hell, 1974, and Theme for a major
Hit, 1974; and large photo and text works which document seminal pieces, such as Landslide, 1968, Saltflat, 1969, and Parallel Stress, 1970. A video programme, documenting 65 works, provides an essential historical context to the exhibition.
Dennis Oppenheim has completed many public art commissions in Europe and the US. He lives and works in New York.
A book on Oppenheim's Land and Body Art is been published by Skira Editore to concide with the exhibition.
For further information please contact Philomena Byrne or Monica Cullinane at
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15 June 2000
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