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Dennis Oppenheim – Parallel Stress, Ten Minute Performance Piece

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    Dennis Oppenheim – Parallel Stress, ten minute performance piece, 1970

    Intended partly as a protest against the minimalist fixation on the essence of the object, this piece tested the capacity of the artist’s body to suspend itself from fingertips and toes between two masonry walls. The performance repeated the same position on the stomach in the notch between two gravel hills. Photographs were taken at the greatest stress position prior to collapse.

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    Dennis Oppenheim An artist who moved heaven and earth

    From his Minimalist earthworks created in remote places in the 1960s to Pop-Surrealist public sculptures for urban settings in the 1990s and 2000s, Dennis Oppenheim was dedicated to the proposition that art should be open to the world rather than cloistered in galleries and museums. So it is appropriate that he should be this year’s featured artist at the Storm King Art Center in the Hudson Valley, where sculptures by Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, Alice Aycock and scores of other artists dot the beautiful, 500-acre landscape of hills, fields and forest.

    Created an archive for Dennis Oppenheim.

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    Cones on Park Ave.

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