Reading Position for Second Degree Burn

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Harry N. Abrams Inc., Dennis Oppenheim: Selected Works 1967-90, p. 62

  • Catalogue Essay

    Strongly influenced by the legacy of the Conceptual art movement, Dennis Oppenheim was a key figure in Performance and Body Art in the late 1960s and 1970s. Along with his contemporaries such as Vito Acconci and Marina Abramovic, Oppenheim used his body as both the canvas for and record of his performances, with the physical burns and scars lasting far longer than the performances themselves. Here, in one of his most famous works, Oppenheim documents the before and after effects of a performance on a Long Island beach. Lying in the sun for five hours with a book on his chest, Oppenheim’s performance references the passage of time while the corresponding photographs demonstrate the crucial role that photography played in eternalizing and publicizing these passing events.

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THE ARC OF PHOTOGRAPHY: A PRIVATE EAST COAST COLLECTION

Reading Position for Second Degree Burn

1970
Two color coupler prints and wall text.
Each 39 1/2 x 49 1/2 in. (100.3 x 125.7 cm); wall text, 9 1/2 x 49 1/2 in. (24.1 x 125.7 cm).
Signed and dated in pencil on the wall text.

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

sold for $35,000

The Arc of Photography...

4 October 2011 6PM
New York