Dennis Oppenheim, 1938-2011

January 24, 2011 · Print This Article

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.

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