Dennis Oppenheim died of liver cancer over the weekend, Charlie Finch of Artnet has reported. Read Finch’s memorium to Oppenheim on Artnet here, and Artforum’s obit here (the NYT has not published theirs yet). Oppenheim’s “Attempt to Raise Hell” can currently be seen in the exhibition “Without You I’m Nothing” at the MCA Chicago.
Dennis Oppenheim. Attempt to Raise Hell, 1974 Cast iron bell suspended from the ceiling, seated figure with colored cast aluminum head and hands, clothe and felt suit, wooden base with timing mechanism which forces the head to lunge forward and strike the bell at eye level every sixty seconds, producing an echo lasting half of that duration.
Claudine Isé has worked in the field of contemporary art as a writer and curator for the past decade, and currently serves as the Editor of the Art21 Blog. Claudine regularly writes for Artforum.com and Chicago magazine, and has also worked as an art critic for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to Chicago in 2008, she worked at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH as associate curator of exhibitions, and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as assistant curator of contemporary art, where she curated a number of Hammer Projects. She has Ph.D. in Film, Literature and Culture from the University of Southern California.
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