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The Shed

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Slip, hbk, 9 x 11.75 in. / 384 pgs / 330 color / 15 bw.

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Catalog: FALL 2019 p. 102   

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ISBN 9781732494701 TRADE
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New York, NY
The Shed, 10/09/19–01/19/20

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Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates

Edited by Emma Enderby. Foreword by Alex Poots. Text by Giampaolo Bianconi, Agnes Denes, Emma Enderby, Lynn Gamwell, Renee Gladman, Caroline A. Jones, Lucy R. Lippard, Dan Mills, Timothy Morton, Klaus Ottmann. Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates

"Agnes Denes, the queen of land art, made one of New York’s greatest public art projects ever in 1982. Now, the world might be catching up with her." –Karrie Jacobs, New York Times

Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates accompanies the largest exhibition of the artist’s work in New York to date, held at The Shed in fall 2019 as part of the arts space’s opening season. Presenting more than 130 works, this comprehensive publication, presented in an embossed slipcase, spans the 50-year career of the path-breaking artist dubbed “the queen of land art” by the New York Times, famed for her iconic Wheatfield—A Confrontation (1982), for which she planted a two-acre wheatfield in Lower Manhattan on the Battery Park Landfill, in the shadow of the then recently erected Twin Towers.

A major undertaking, this superb catalog includes a comprehensive text by the exhibition’s curator, Emma Enderby, an interview with Denes by Hans Ulrich Obrist, essays by prominent scholars and curators including Caroline A. Jones, Lucy R. Lippard and Timothy Morton that examine Denes’ multifaceted practice in new ways, writings by the artist and reflections by curators who have worked with Denes over the course of her career. New works by Denes commissioned by The Shed for the exhibition are presented in a special insert.

Budapest-born, New York–based artist Agnes Denes (born 1931) rose to international attention in the 1960s and 1970s as a leading figure in conceptual, environmental and ecological art. A pioneer of several art genres, she has created work in many mediums, utilizing various disciplines—such as science, philosophy, linguistics, ecology and psychology—to analyze, document and ultimately aid humanity.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Artforum

Lauren O'Neill-Butler

Denes’s ecological artworks, which she commenced in the late 1960s, are just as prescient as this early diagnosis of climate catastrophe. Over the ensuing decades, she has been called a visionary. But such encomiums risk eliding the depth and complexity they celebrate. Denes has never been just one thing.

Artforum

Jeffrey Kastner

An overdue introduction to a formally audacious and technically exquisite oeuvre that defies easy art-historical and ethnographic classification.

Architectural Record

Josephine Minutillo

[Absolutes and Intermediates showcases Denes'] varied body of work, which “spans many mediums, interdisciplinary modes of thinking, experimentation, and pushing boundaries..."

WWD

Maxine Wally

[The exhibit] examines Denes’ breadth of work over the span of 50 years... “Absolutes and Intermediates” covers the multidisciplinary nature of her [art], and her manner of thinking.

Artsy

Alina Cohen

Denes has created land art, drawings, and sculptures that advocate for greater attention to our planet. Her first-ever retrospective in New York City, “Absolutes and Intermediates,” ...positions Denes as a prophetic figure in the history of environmental activism.

New York Times

Holland Cotter

[Agnes Denes] has basically carved out an independent, label-free niche for herself and has been occupying and expanding it for over 50 years. Visionary is one label that does apply...

Hyperallergic

Louis Bury

Spanning half a century, this retrospective reveals Denes’s art to be so forward-looking that some of it remains ahead of its time even today.

4 Columns

Jeffrey Kastner

A half-century’s worth of propositions arguing for the interconnectedness of the systems that underlie both the natural world and the structures of human thought designed to understand it, Absolutes and Intermediates feels like a sharp thorn of care and conscience planted in the paw of an immense plutocratic beast.

New York Times

Holland Cotter

tautly beautiful...

Artblog

Andrea Kirsh

A fitting place to start in appreciating an artist who has taken the entire world into her compass.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/19/2020

Gorgeous, substantial, slipcased 384-page 'Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates' is NEW from The Shed

Gorgeous, substantial, slipcased 384-page 'Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates' is NEW from The Shed

"Studies of Time—Explorations of Time Aspects" (1970) is reproduced from Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates, the most substantial and comprehensive monograph ever published on the artist. "For me art must be constant probe," Denis is quoted, "a desire to locate the center of things—the true inner core of inherent but not yet understood or exposed meaning to be split open for exposure and analyses—to puncture the heart of matter and see what oozes out, and if nothing does still not assume that it was hollow or empty, for nothing is truly empty; even the silent universe is alive with hidden creativity. To do art is to question—creativity is obsessive and so is our desire to know our importance or insignificance in the universe." continue to blog


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