Dennis Oppenheim

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DENNIS OPPENHEIM

DENNIS OPPENHEIM

Biography

Dennis Oppenheim was born in Electric City, Washington, in 1938 and passed away in New York in 2011. He attended the California College of Art and Crafts in Oakland and the Stanford University. In 1966 he moved to New York where he discovered the avant-garde artistic circles. From 1967, the year of his first “Earthwork”, until the early ‘70s he performed a series of interventions on the natural landscape (with no permanent consequences) using materials that degrade and show a transitory character. The only evident trace of his work is visible in the photographic and cinematographic documentation. During the ‘70s, he moved from Land Art to Body Art: in 1970 he made the work “Reading Position for Second Degree Burn” for which he lays down with a book open on his chest for several hours in the light of the sun that outlines the trace of its passage on the body. The artist also experiments with video and performance, realizing works that deal with lights and sounds and that reflect on the concepts of time and genetics. During the ‘80s and the ‘90s he carted large-scale installations that represent common but distorted objects that defy the limits of physics. His interest in three-dimensional space and perception can also be found in more recent works, such as “Radiant Fountains” (2010) installed at the entrance of the Bush International Airport in Houston (Texas) with LED light strings and acrylic spheres.

Dennis Oppenheim first solo exhibition was held in 1968 at the John Gibson Gallery, New York, followed by numerous solos in public and private institutions all over the world: Guild Hall, East Hampton NY (2018), Art Institute of Chicago (2016), MAMCO, Geneva (2015, 1996), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton (2013), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint-Etienne (2011), MARCA, Catanzaro (2009), Neuberger Museum, New York (2006), Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2005), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2003), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2001), Kunsthalle Hamburg (1999), Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (1998), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1997), Rijksmusuem Kroller-Muller, Otterlo and Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim (1996), Musée d’Art Moderne de Lille (1994), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1992), Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Island City (1991), Tel Aviv Museum and Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (1984), Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (1983), Vancouver Art Gallery (1982), Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva (1982, 1980), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1979), Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal (1978), Museum Boymans-van-Beuningen, Rotterdam (1976), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1975), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1974), Tate Gallery, London (1972).

Among the most recent collective shows held in institutions: MAMAC, Nice (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille (2017), Tate Modern, London and National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (2016), Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, Villeneuve d’Ascq (2015), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2014), Centre Georges Pompidou, Metz (2013), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011, 2007), Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2010), The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2009), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2006), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2005), The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (2004), Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf (2003), Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux (2002), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2001), Centre de Culture Contemporaine, Barcelona (2000). Dennis Oppenheim took part in prestigious international events such as: Valencia Biennial (2003), Venice Biennale (1997, 1980), Johannesburg Biennial (1997), Documenta, Kassel (1977, 1972). The collaboration with Galleria Fumagalli began in 2010 on the occasion of the first personal exhibition “Material Interchange. Works 1968-1974”, with a catalog curated by Alberto Fiz. A second solo exhibition was organized in 2013 at Pecci Museum in Milan, in collaboration with Spazioborgogno.

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Biography

Dennis Oppenheim was born in Electric City, Washington, in 1938 and passed away in New York in 2011. He attended the California College of Art and Crafts in Oakland and the Stanford University. In 1966 he moved to New York where he discovered the avant-garde artistic circles. From 1967, the year of his first “Earthwork”, until the early ‘70s he performed a series of interventions on the natural landscape (with no permanent consequences) using materials that degrade and show a transitory character. The only evident trace of his work is visible in the photographic and cinematographic documentation. During the ‘70s, he moved from Land Art to Body Art: in 1970 he made the work “Reading Position for Second Degree Burn” for which he lays down with a book open on his chest for several hours in the light of the sun that outlines the trace of its passage on the body. The artist also experiments with video and performance, realizing works that deal with lights and sounds and that reflect on the concepts of time and genetics. During the ‘80s and the ‘90s he carted large-scale installations that represent common but distorted objects that defy the limits of physics. His interest in three-dimensional space and perception can also be found in more recent works, such as “Radiant Fountains” (2010) installed at the entrance of the Bush International Airport in Houston (Texas) with LED light strings and acrylic spheres.

Dennis Oppenheim first solo exhibition was held in 1968 at the John Gibson Gallery, New York, followed by numerous solos in public and private institutions all over the world: Guild Hall, East Hampton NY (2018), Art Institute of Chicago (2016), MAMCO, Geneva (2015, 1996), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton (2013), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint-Etienne (2011), MARCA, Catanzaro (2009), Neuberger Museum, New York (2006), Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2005), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2003), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2001), Kunsthalle Hamburg (1999), Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (1998), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1997), Rijksmusuem Kroller-Muller, Otterlo and Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim (1996), Musée d’Art Moderne de Lille (1994), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1992), Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Island City (1991), Tel Aviv Museum and Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (1984), Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (1983), Vancouver Art Gallery (1982), Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva (1982, 1980), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1979), Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal (1978), Museum Boymans-van-Beuningen, Rotterdam (1976), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1975), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1974), Tate Gallery, London (1972).

Among the most recent collective shows held in institutions: MAMAC, Nice (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille (2017), Tate Modern, London and National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (2016), Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, Villeneuve d’Ascq (2015), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2014), Centre Georges Pompidou, Metz (2013), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011, 2007), Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2010), The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2009), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2006), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2005), The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (2004), Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf (2003), Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux (2002), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2001), Centre de Culture Contemporaine, Barcelona (2000). Dennis Oppenheim took part in prestigious international events such as: Valencia Biennial (2003), Venice Biennale (1997, 1980), Johannesburg Biennial (1997), Documenta, Kassel (1977, 1972). The collaboration with Galleria Fumagalli began in 2010 on the occasion of the first personal exhibition “Material Interchange. Works 1968-1974”, with a catalog curated by Alberto Fiz. A second solo exhibition was organized in 2013 at Pecci Museum in Milan, in collaboration with Spazioborgogno.

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Works

Dennis Oppenheim, Condensed 220 Yard Dash, 1969. Calco in gesso, terra, stampa fotografica in bianco e nero, misure variabili
Dennis Oppenheim, Condensed 220 Yard Dash, 1969
Plaster cast, soil, B/W photo print, variable sizes
Dennis Oppenheim, Ground Mutations, 1969. Stampe fotografiche a colori e in bianco e nero, testo stampato, firma e data a mano su cartone, 125x389x4 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Ground Mutations, 1969
Color and B/W photo prints, typewritten text, signature and date on cardboard, 125×389x4 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Stomach X-Ray, 1974. Collage di stampe fotografiche in bianco e nero e a colori, testo dattiloscritto, firma e data a mano su carta, 70,3x56 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Stomach X-Ray, 1974
Color and B/W photo prints, typewritten text, signature and date on paper, 70,3x56 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Forming Sounds, 1971. Collage di stampe fotografiche a colori da videotape, testo stampato, firma e data a mano su carta, 174x205 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Forming Sounds, 1971
Color photo prints from videotape, typewritten text, signature and date on paper, 174x205 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Recall, 1973. Collage di stampe fotografiche in bianco e nero, disegno e testo a mano su cartoncino, firma e data a mano, 86x106 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Recall, 1973
B/W photo prints, handwritten drawing and handwritten text on cardboard, signature and date, 86x106 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Untitled Performance, 1974. Collage su cartone di stampe fotografiche in bianco e nero e a colori, testo dattiloscritto, diagramma a matita colorata su carta, testo a mano, firma e data su cartone, 2 pannelli 103,5x78,5 cm cad., 103,5x157 cm totale
Dennis Oppenheim, Untitled Performance, 1974
Color and B/W photo prints, typewritten and handwritten text, colored pencil on cardboard, 2 panels 103,5×78,5 cm each, 103,5×157 cm overall
Dennis Oppenheim, Theme for a Major Hit, 1974. Collage su cartone di stampe fotografiche in bianco e nero e a colori, testo dattiloscritto, diagramma a matita colorata e testo a mano, firma e data su carta, 2 pannelli 104x77,5 cm cad., 104x155 cm totale
Dennis Oppenheim, Theme for a Major Hit, 1974
Color and B/W photo prints on cardboard, typewritten text, colored pencil on paper, handwritten text, signature and date on cardboard, 2 panels 103,5x78,5 cm each, 103,5x157 cm overall
Dennis Oppenheim, Identity Stretch, 1970-75. Collage di stampe fotografiche a colori, matita a olio su fotografia in bianco e nero, mappa topografica con annotazioni, testo dattiloscritto, firma e data su cartone, 102,5x77 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Identity Stretch, 1970-75
Color photo prints, oil pencil on B/W photograph, topographic map with notes, typewritten text, signature and date on cardboard, 102,5x77 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Digestion. Fiberglass Wax Gas, 1990. Matita, matita colorata e olio (pastello e diluito) su carta, firma e data, 73x102 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Digestion. Fiberglass Wax Gas, 1990
Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick on paper, signature and date, 73x102 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Electric Kisses, 2008. Matita, matita colorata e olio (pastello e diluito) su carta, firma e data, 130x200 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Electric Kisses, 2008
Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick on paper, signature and date, 130x200 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Building Poking it's Eyes our Resting on Exposed Kidney Pool 25H', 1995. Matita colorata, olio (pastello e diluito) e glitter su carta, firma e data, 98x127 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Building Poking it’s Eyes our Resting on Exposed Kidney Pool 25H’, 1995
Coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and glitter on paper, signature and date, 98x127 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for appliance spirit, 1989

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for appliance spirit, 1989

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Appliance Spirit #2, 1989
Silkscreen, paint stick and paint on paper, signature and date, 193,5x127 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for appliance spirit, 1989

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for appliance spirit, 1989

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Revolving Kisses Racks, 1990
Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick on paper, signature and date, 127x98,5 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Second Generation Image, 1988. Matita, matita colorata, olio (pastello e diluito), serigrafia su carta, firma e data, 107x73 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Second Generation Image, 1988
Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and silkscreen on paper, signature and date, 107x73 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Spinning Dancers, 1989. Matita, matita colorata, olio (pastello e diluito), serigrafia su carta, firma e data, 97x127 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Spinning Dancers, 1989
Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and silkscreen on paper, signature and date, 97x127 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Spinning Dancers, 1989. Matita, matita colorata, olio (pastello e diluito), serigrafia su carta, firma e data, 96x126 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Spinning Dancers, 1989
Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and silkscreen on paper, signature and date, 96x126 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for High Energy Expression, 1988. Matita, matita colorata, olio (pastello e dliluito), serigrafia su carta, firma e data, 95x61 cm
Dennis Oppenheim, Study for High Energy Expression, 1988
Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and silkscreen on paper, signature and date, 95x61 cm

Works

Dennis Oppenheim, Condensed 220 Yard Dash, 1969. Plaster cast, soil, B/W photo print, variable sizes

Dennis Oppenheim, Condensed 220 Yard Dash, 1969. Plaster cast, soil, B/W photo print, variable sizes

Dennis Oppenheim, Ground Mutations, 1969. Color and B/W photo prints, typewritten text, signature and date on cardboard, 125×389x4 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Ground Mutations, 1969. Color and B/W photo prints, typewritten text, signature an

Dennis Oppenheim, Stomach X-Ray, 1974. Color and B/W photo prints, typewritten text, signature and date on paper, 70,3x56 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Stomach X-Ray, 1974. Color and B/W photo prints, typewritten text, signature and d

Dennis Oppenheim, Forming Sounds, 1971. Color photo prints from videotape, typewritten text, signature and date on paper, 174x205 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Forming Sounds, 1971. Color photo prints from videotape, typewritten text, signatu

Dennis Oppenheim, Recall, 1973. B/W photo prints, handwritten drawing and handwritten text on cardboard, signature and date, 86x106 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Recall, 1973. B/W photo prints, handwritten drawing and handwritten text on cardbo

Dennis Oppenheim, Untitled Performance, 1974. Color and B/W photo prints, typewritten and handwritten text, colored pencil on cardboard, 2 panels 103,5×78,5 cm each, 103,5×157 cm overall

Dennis Oppenheim, Untitled Performance, 1974. Color and B/W photo prints, typewritten and handwritte

Dennis Oppenheim, Theme for a Major Hit, 1974. Color and B/W photo prints on cardboard, typewritten text, colored pencil on paper, handwritten text, signature and date on cardboard, 2 panels 103,5x78,5 cm each, 103,5x157 cm overall

Dennis Oppenheim, Theme for a Major Hit, 1974. Color and B/W photo prints on cardboard, typewritten

Dennis Oppenheim, Identity Stretch, 1970-75. Color photo prints, oil pencil on B/W photograph, topographic map with notes, typewritten text, signature and date on cardboard, 102,5x77 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Identity Stretch, 1970-75. Color photo prints, oil pencil on B/W photograph, topog

Dennis Oppenheim, Digestion. Fiberglass Wax Gas, 1990. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick on paper, signature and date, 73x102 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Digestion. Fiberglass Wax Gas, 1990. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Electric Kisses, 2008. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick on paper, signature and date, 130x200 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Electric Kisses, 2008. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick on p

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Building Poking it's Eyes our Resting on Exposed Kidney Pool 25H', 1995. Coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and glitter on paper, signature and date, 98x127 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Building Poking it's Eyes our Resting on Exposed Kidney Pool 25H', 1995.

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Appliance Spirit #2, 1989. Silkscreen, paint stick and paint on paper, signature and date, 193,5x127 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Appliance Spirit #2, 1989. Silkscreen, paint stick and paint on paper, s

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Revolving Kisses Racks, 1990. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick on paper, signature and date, 127x98,5 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Revolving Kisses Racks, 1990. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil sti

Dennis Oppenheim, Second Generation Image, 1988. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and silkscreen on paper, signature and date, 107x73 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Second Generation Image, 1988. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and si

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Spinning Dancers, 1989. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and silkscreen on paper, signature and date, 97x127 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Spinning Dancers, 1989. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Spinning Dancers, 1989. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and silkscreen on paper, signature and date, 96x126 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for Spinning Dancers, 1989. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for High Energy Expression, 1988. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil stick and silkscreen on paper, signature and date, 95x61 cm

Dennis Oppenheim, Study for High Energy Expression, 1988. Pencil, coloured pencil, oil wash, oil sti

Press

Domus

April 2010
“Dennis Oppenheim. Da Electric City a Electric Kisses. Una vicenda artistica e architettonica”

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Artforum

December 1991
“The Dark Side of Dennis Oppenheim”

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Press

Domus

April 2010
“Dennis Oppenheim. Da Electric City a Electric Kisses. Una vicenda artistica e architettonica”

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Artforum

December 1991
“The Dark Side of Dennis Oppenheim”

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Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

DENNIS OPPENHEIM
Sculture 1979-2006

Opening 3 October 2013
4 October to 23 November 2013

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DENNIS OPPENHEIM
Material Interchange. Opere 1968/1974

Opening 5 June 2010
8 June to 20 November 2010

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Switch On 3

Opening 23 February 2017
24 February to 1 April 2017

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Summer Show

Opening 15 June 2013
18 June to 15 September 2013

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Corpi in azione / Corpi in visione
Esperienze e indagini artistiche 1965/1980

Opening 18 April 2013
19 April to 15 June 2013

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Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

DENNIS OPPENHEIM
Sculture 1979-2006

Opening 3 October 2013
4 October to 23 November 2013

Exhibition  →

DENNIS OPPENHEIM
Material Interchange. Opere 1968/1974

Opening 5 June 2010
8 June to 20 November 2010

Exhibition  →

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Switch On 3

Opening 23 February 2017
24 February to 1 April 2017

Exhibition  →

Summer Show

Opening 15 June 2013
18 June to 15 September 2013

Exhibition  →

Corpi in azione / Corpi in visione
Esperienze e indagini artistiche 1965/1980

Opening 18 April 2013
19 April to 15 June 2013

Exhibition  →

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