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(American, 1938 - 2011)
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A key figure in several art movements, including Land Art, Conceptual Art and Body Art, Dennis Oppenheim has made works that range from a self-inflicted sunburn to epic landscape-based interventions and, more recently, violent sculptural installations. His work is represented within the permanent collections of such institutions as the LA County Museum, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and London’s Tate Gallery.
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Applying two thumb prints stretched to one thousand feet on a field in upstate New York, Dennis Oppenheim set his mark on the history of contemporary art and came to play a key role in the Land Art movement in the late sixties. Later, ambitious installations such as an upside-down church with its steer pointing towards the ground and a chamber made with translucent petal-shaped walls, placed the artist in the visible public space. These are just two of the visionary works that continue to amaze the passers-by. From the series of early ‘Earthworks’, Identity Stretch (1970-1975) is one of his most ambitious land art projects, existing today only as documented by Oppenheim; aerial photographs of the thumb prints, a location on a map, and a description.
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