Art Kate Linker Vito Acconci

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Vito Acconci

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Noted and notorious for his conceptually based body art and performance pieces of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Vito Acconci has uniquely invigorated the American art scene for more than two decades and has exerted a profound influence on the current generation of artists. This first full-scale study of the artist's career traces the shift from his early "language pieces" to his first visual art in 1969 (photographs that recorded the actions of his body - bending, throwing, jumping - in a landscape) to the filmed live performances and provocative installations of the 1970s and to his sculptural furniture and architecture and the public projects of the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Text: Italian, English
Original Language: Spanish

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Linker, an independent critic whose work appears frequently in Artforum, does a commendable job of elucidating the concepts behind the varied but consistently provocative work of Vito Acconci, one of the most influential artists of the last 20 years. As Linker vividly describes Acconci's startling 1970s performance pieces, she explains how they relate to his ongoing effort to define the "nature of the self." Acconci's tactics include breaching the boundary between self and society, emphasizing the self as a repository for experience, and objectifying the body. His early works include documentation of the artist trying to catch a ball blindfolded, making marks in his flesh, and, in Seedbed, masturbating beneath a ramp on a gallery floor, an example of his willingness to takes puns to unsettling extremes. Acconci shocks his viewers to incite thought: he doesn't want empathy, he wants action. This desire for action inspired his more playful and sculpturally complex works during the 1980s, including his clever mobile units, "self-creating architecture," and the wonderfully disorienting Bad Dream House series. A philosophical confrontationist with a keen sense of the dramatic and the kinetic, Acconci has altered and expanded our perceptions of art and its role in our increasingly fractured culture. Donna Seaman

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