Vito Acconci

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VITO ACCONCI

VITO ACCONCI

Biography

Since the late Seventies Vito Acconci (New York 1940 – 2017), part of a generation of artists that came on the heels of Minimalism, worked in reaction to the “father-art” to overcome the past with new solutions and approaches. After studying Literature at the University of Iowa (1962-64) and co-founding the independent magazine 0 to 9, he embarked on a research of expanded writing focusing on his body as expressive mean, on the relation between himself, the others and the architectonical space. Some of his best known works from this period are streets works that the artist documents with written text, photographs, sounds and videos. Vito Acconci’s work kept evolving in the ‘70s becoming those on an unconventional architect involved in the design of public structures and works, buildings, gardens – some never realized – such as the cultural center and the gallery Storefront in Manhattan (1993) and the Muri Island in Graz (2003).

Vito Acconci was a teacher in prestigious institutions such as: The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia; Cooper Union, New York; School of Art Institute, Chicago; Yale University, New Haven; Parsons School of Design, New York. In 2016, one year before passing away, Vito Acconci and his wife Maria conceived for the MoMA PS1 his retrospective of early works from 1968 to 1976 “Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?)”. Important solo exhibitions in international museums and institutions has preceded this last: Museum of Contemporary Art Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2010), Argos Center for Art & Media, Brussels (2009), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2006, 1978), Musée des Beaux-Art, Nantes and MACBA, Barcelona (2004), Milwaukee Museum of Art (2002), Musée d’art moderne, Saint-Etienne (1994), Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato and Center National of Contemporary Art, Grenoble (1992), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1988), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1980),Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1978).

Vito Acconci’s work is recognized all over the world as testify the Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award (1997), two New York City Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design (1999 e 2004), and the several group shows held in institutions such as: FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Brooklyn Museum, New York (2018), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017), Belvedere, Vienna (2015), Le Tripostal, Lille (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2010), National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2009), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2006, 2002), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2004), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2001, 1992, 1989). Among the international exhibitions: Lyon Biennial (2003, 1995), Sydney Biennial (2002), Documenta VII, VI, V (1982, 1977, 1972), Venice Biennale (1978, 1976), Sao Paulo Biennial (1975). Galleria Fumagalli devoted to Vito Acconci a solo exhibition in 2011 entitled “Space of the Body – works and videos 1969/1986” and in 2013 collaborated in organizing the group show “BODIES IN ACTION / BODIES IN VISION. Artistic experiences and investigations 1965/1980” at Pecci Museum in Milan.

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Biography

Since the late Seventies Vito Acconci (New York 1940 – 2017), part of a generation of artists that came on the heels of Minimalism, worked in reaction to the “father-art” to overcome the past with new solutions and approaches. After studying Literature at the University of Iowa (1962-64) and co-founding the independent magazine 0 to 9, he embarked on a research of expanded writing focusing on his body as expressive mean, on the relation between himself, the others and the architectonical space. Some of his best known works from this period are streets works that the artist documents with written text, photographs, sounds and videos. Vito Acconci’s work kept evolving in the ‘70s becoming those on an unconventional architect involved in the design of public structures and works, buildings, gardens – some never realized – such as the cultural center and the gallery Storefront in Manhattan (1993) and the Muri Island in Graz (2003).

Vito Acconci was a teacher in prestigious institutions such as: The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia; Cooper Union, New York; School of Art Institute, Chicago; Yale University, New Haven; Parsons School of Design, New York. In 2016, one year before passing away, Vito Acconci and his wife Maria conceived for the MoMA PS1 his retrospective of early works from 1968 to 1976 “Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?)”. Important solo exhibitions in international museums and institutions has preceded this last: Museum of Contemporary Art Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2010), Argos Center for Art & Media, Brussels (2009), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2006, 1978), Musée des Beaux-Art, Nantes and MACBA, Barcelona (2004), Milwaukee Museum of Art (2002), Musée d’art moderne, Saint-Etienne (1994), Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato and Center National of Contemporary Art, Grenoble (1992), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1988), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1980),Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1978).

Vito Acconci’s work is recognized all over the world as testify the Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award (1997), two New York City Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design (1999 e 2004), and the several group shows held in institutions such as: FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Brooklyn Museum, New York (2018), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017), Belvedere, Vienna (2015), Le Tripostal, Lille (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2010), National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2009), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2006, 2002), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2004), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2001, 1992, 1989). Among the international exhibitions: Lyon Biennial (2003, 1995), Sydney Biennial (2002), Documenta VII, VI, V (1982, 1977, 1972), Venice Biennale (1978, 1976), Sao Paulo Biennial (1975). Galleria Fumagalli devoted to Vito Acconci a solo exhibition in 2011 entitled “Space of the Body – works and videos 1969/1986” and in 2013 collaborated in organizing the group show “BODIES IN ACTION / BODIES IN VISION. Artistic experiences and investigations 1965/1980” at Pecci Museum in Milan.

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Works

Vito Acconci, Following Piece, 1969. Two black and white photographs: gelatin silver prints, typewritten text on cardboard, pencil signature on cardboard, 46,5x227 cm

Vito Acconci, Following Piece, 1969. Two black and white photographs: gelatin silver prints, typewri

Vito Acconci, Following Piece, 1969
Two black and white photographs: gelatin silver prints, typewritten text on cardboard, pencil signature on cardboard, 46,5x227 cm
Vito Acconci, Performance Test, 1969. One black and white photograph: gelatin silver print, drawing and text chalk on cardboard, 53,5x84 cm

Vito Acconci, Performance Test, 1969. One black and white photograph: gelatin silver print, drawing

Vito Acconci, Performance Test, 1969
One black and white photograph: gelatin silver print, drawing and text chalk on cardboard, 53,5x84 cm
Vito Acconci, Reaching Piece, 1969. Typewritten text on paper, two black and white photographs: gelatin silver prints, chalk signature on cardboard, 30,5x41 cm

Vito Acconci, Reaching Piece, 1969. Typewritten text on paper, two black and white photographs: gela

Vito Acconci, Reaching Piece, 1969
Typewritten text on paper, two black and white photographs: gelatin silver prints, chalk signature on cardboard, 30,5x41 cm
Vito Acconci, 35 Approaches, 1970. Chalk text on cardboard, one black and white photograph: gelatin silver print, ink signature on photograph, 79x69 cm

Vito Acconci, 35 Approaches, 1970. Chalk text on cardboard, one black and white photograph: gelatin

Vito Acconci, 35 Approaches, 1970
Chalk text on cardboard, one black and white photograph: gelatin silver print, ink signature on photograph, 79x69 cm
Vito Acconci, Connecting Medium, 1971. Collage of 14 black and white photographs: gelatin silver prints, chalk text on cardboard, 76,3x101,5 cm

Vito Acconci, Connecting Medium, 1971. Collage of 14 black and white photographs: gelatin silver pri

Vito Acconci, Connecting Medium, 1971
Collage of 14 black and white photographs: gelatin silver prints, chalk text on cardboard, 76,3x101,5 cm
Vito Acconci, VD Lives | TV Must Die, 1978. Ink, graphite and tape on parchment paper , 81×116 cm

Vito Acconci, VD Lives | TV Must Die, 1978. Ink, graphite and tape on parchment paper , 81×116 cm

Vito Acconci, VD Lives | TV Must Die, 1978
Ink, graphite and tape on parchment paper, 81×116 cm
Vito Acconci, War Memorial, 1986. Pastel on paper, 84×109 cm

Vito Acconci, War Memorial, 1986. Pastel on paper, 84×109 cm

Vito Acconci, War Memorial, 1986
Pastel on paper, 84×109 cm

Works

Vito Acconci, Following Piece, 1969. Two black and white photographs: gelatin silver prints, typewritten text on cardboard, pencil signature on cardboard, 46,5x227 cm

Vito Acconci, Following Piece, 1969. Two black and white photographs: gelatin silver prints, typewri

Vito Acconci, Performance Test, 1969. One black and white photograph: gelatin silver print, drawing and text chalk on cardboard, 53,5x84 cm

Vito Acconci, Performance Test, 1969. One black and white photograph: gelatin silver print, drawing

Vito Acconci, Reaching Piece, 1969. Typewritten text on paper, two black and white photographs: gelatin silver prints, chalk signature on cardboard, 30,5x41 cm

Vito Acconci, Reaching Piece, 1969. Typewritten text on paper, two black and white photographs: gela

Vito Acconci, 35 Approaches, 1970. Chalk text on cardboard, one black and white photograph: gelatin silver print, ink signature on photograph, 79x69 cm

Vito Acconci, 35 Approaches, 1970. Chalk text on cardboard, one black and white photograph: gelatin

Vito Acconci, Connecting Medium, 1971. Collage of 14 black and white photographs: gelatin silver prints, chalk text on cardboard, 76,3x101,5 cm

Vito Acconci, Connecting Medium, 1971. Collage of 14 black and white photographs: gelatin silver pri

Vito Acconci, VD Lives | TV Must Die, 1978. Ink, graphite and tape on parchment paper , 81×116 cm

Vito Acconci, VD Lives | TV Must Die, 1978. Ink, graphite and tape on parchment paper , 81×116 cm

Vito Acconci, War Memorial, 1986. Pastel on paper, 84×109 cm

Vito Acconci, War Memorial, 1986. Pastel on paper, 84×109 cm

Press

artribune.com

28 April 2017
“Addio a Vito Acconci, pioniere contemporaneo”

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nytimes.com

2 June 2016
“Vito Acconci, an Artist as Influential as He Is Eccentric”

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artribune.com

14 February 2014
“Lo studio visit di un genio. Incontro con Vito Hannibal Acconci”

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Press

artribune.com

28 April 2017
“Addio a Vito Acconci, pioniere contemporaneo”

Read article →

nytimes.com

2 June 2016
“Vito Acconci, an Artist as Influential as He Is Eccentric”

Read article →

artribune.com

14 February 2014
“Lo studio visit di un genio. Incontro con Vito Hannibal Acconci”

Read article →

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

VITO ACCONCI
Space of the Body – Works 1969-1986

Opening 12 February 2011
15 February to 30 April 2011

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Switch On 3

Opening 23 February 2017
24 February to 1 April 2017

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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

Exhibition  →

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

VITO ACCONCI
Space of the Body – Works 1969-1986

Opening 12 February 2011
15 February to 30 April 2011

Exhibition  →

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Switch On 3

Opening 23 February 2017
24 February to 1 April 2017

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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