Dennis Oppenheim

1938–2011

Dennis Oppenheim, ‘Salt Flat’ 1968
Salt Flat 1968
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Biography

Dennis Oppenheim (September 6, 1938 – January 21, 2011) was an American conceptual artist, performance artist, earth artist, sculptor and photographer. Dennis Oppenheim's early artistic practice is an epistemological questioning about the nature of art, the making of art and the definition of art: a meta-art which arose when strategies of the Minimalists were expanded to focus on site and context. As well as an aesthetic agenda, the work progressed from perceptions of the physical properties of the gallery to the social and political context, largely taking the form of permanent public sculpture in the last two decades of a highly prolific career, whose diversity could exasperate his critics.

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  • Dennis Oppenheim

    Dennis Oppenheim's practice includes actions, performances, installations, sculptures, film and architecture. Seminal early works include a field harvested in the ...

Features

  • Art Term

    Land art

    Land art or earth art is art that is made directly in the landscape, sculpting the land itself into earthworks ...
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    Conceptual photography

    Conceptual photography is photography that illustrates an idea
  • Essay

    Cruel and tender

    Carter Ratcliff

    What is the place of documentary photography in art? This is the central question raised by Tate's first major exhibition ...

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