Vito Acconci  (American, 1940) 

Vito Acconci (American, b.1940) is a sculptor, video artist, performance artist, and architect born in the Bronx, NY. He earned a BA from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and from 1962 until 1964, he was enrolled in the University of Iowa’s MFA writing program. In 1969, Acconci began producing visual art after originally focusing on writing and poetry. From 1970 until 1974, Acconci performed a series of activities, including Broad Jump ‘71, staged at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, which was a jumping competition for male contestants vying for a woman as the winning prize. Acconci’s works and performances frequently contained incendiary social commentary. Seedbed (1971), a performance piece which is perhaps Acconci’s most notable and infamous work, positioned the artist beneath a wooden ramp at the Sonnabend Gallery, where he masturbated, for eight hours a day over a three-week period, and broadcast his fantasies through a loudspeaker while viewers walked overhead. In the 1980s, Acconci turned to sculptural works and installation pieces. These included furniture made from disparate materials, such as his Garbage Seating (1986), made from trash cans, soil, and tree branches. More recently, Acconci and his Brooklyn-based studio were commissioned by New York’s Metro Transit Authority to create installations within subway stations. Wall-Slide (2002), installed in the 161st Street Yankee Stadium station and made from stone, tile, and fiberglass, gives viewers the impression that they are seeing the stone and steel skeleton of the subway system beneath its glossy tiles. Acconci Studio was formed in 1988 by Acconci and a group of architects, who together design public buildings and structures. Acconci’s work has been exhibited in a variety of venues, including the Barbara Gladstone Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has taught at multiple institutions, such as the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University, and the Parsons School of Design. Acconci currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Find Vito Acconci artworks for sale worldwide, artworks that sold at auction, a detailed biography, and more information on the artist below.
envelope Get email alerts about this artist!  
Artworks for sale (25)
In Art Galleries (22)
Dealers selling (11)
In Upcoming Auctions (3)

Sold Artworks
In Recent Auctions (1)
In Past Auctions (192)

Exhibitions (2)
Auctions (3)
Art Fairs (1)

artnet Magazine
Articles (75)

More Information
artnet Analytics Reports
Market Reports
* paid service

Artworks for sale (25)

View All   

Vito Acconci, Building Blocks for a Doorway


Vito Acconci
Building Blocks for a Doorway

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
View Details | entire auction
Vito Acconci, 2 Wings for Wall and Person


Vito Acconci
2 Wings for Wall and Person

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
View Details | entire auction
Vito Acconci, Blown Up Baby Doll


Vito Acconci
Blown Up Baby Doll

Auction: Apr 18, 2014
Mallet Japan
View Details | entire auction
Vito Acconci, City of Words


Vito Acconci
City of Words

Artware Editions
Vito Acconci, Theme song


Vito Acconci
Theme song

Gallery Automne
Vito Acconci, Conversions 3, association, assistance, dependence


Vito Acconci
Conversions 3, association, assistance, dependence

Gallery Automne
Vito Acconci, Eye opener


Vito Acconci
Eye opener

Gallery Automne
Vito Acconci, Four studies for a meditation chamber


Vito Acconci
Four studies for a meditation chamber

Gallery Automne
Vito Acconci, Fluorescent Furniture: Extendable Fluorescent Ladder-back Chair


Vito Acconci
Fluorescent Furniture: Extendable Fluorescent Ladder-back Chair

Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Past auction results (192)  View All
Vito Acconci, Crash (2 works)


Vito Acconci
Crash (2 works), 1984
intaglio w/aquatint and embossing


View Details
Vito Acconci, Drawing: Voice of America - Portland, Oregon


Vito Acconci
Drawing: Voice of America - Portland, Oregon, 1975
b&w photograph, chalk and wax crayon on cardboard


View Details
Vito Acconci, Hands Up / Hands Down (in 3 parts)


Vito Acconci
Hands Up / Hands Down (in 3 parts), 1980-1989
chalk, photographs and cardboard


View Details

1940   Born in Bronx, NY
1962   B.A. Holy Cross College Worcester, Worcester, MA
1964   M.F.A. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  Instructor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA; The Cooper Union, New York, NY; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Yale University, New Haven, CT; and Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
  Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
2012   Vito Acconci:Vito Acconci - Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011   Vito Acconi - Galleria Fumagalli, Bergamo
2010   AAA Talk Vito Acconci + Ai Weiwei: Artist in Conversation, Agnès b. Cinema, Wanchai, Hong Kong
2009   Vito Acconci: Language Works- Video, Audio and poetry, Argos, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2008   Vigilancia y control, Centro de Arte La regenta, las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (solo)
Vito Acconci : Power Fields, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
2006   Medium Fotografie, Stampa Galerie, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2005   Mapping Space, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (solo)
Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Self/City/Sound, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool, UK
Vito Hannibal Acconci Studio, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Gran Canary Island, Spain (solo)
Vito Hannibal Acconci Studio, Stedelijk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
No Time in No-Land, Kenny Schachter Rove, London, UK (solo)
2004   Diary of a Body, Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Vito Hannibal Acconci, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Nantes, France; MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
Video Screening 1 - Vito Acconci, Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan (solo)
2003   Rehearsals for Architecture, Kenny Schachter Rove, Perry St., New York, NY (solo)
Acconci Studio - Slipping into the 21st Century, Pratt-Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Selected Videos by Vito Acconci, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY (solo)
2002   Vito Acconci: Acts of Architecture, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI (solo)
Vito Acconci: Acts of Architecture, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (solo)
2001   Vito Acconci, 11 Duke Street, London, UK (solo)
Vito Acconci / Acconci Studio, Architectural Models, The Institute for the Cooperation of Art and Research, New York, NY and Paris, France (solo)
Para-Cities : Models for Public Spaces, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK
Playing Amongst the Ruins, Royal College of Art, London, UK
VITO ACCONCI : Performance Documentation & Photoworks, 1969–1973, Ubu Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000   Vito Acconci: Skatepark, Inst. Francais d’Architecture, Paris, France (solo)
Video Time, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1997   Acconci, Old, Refreshed and Re-viewed, Stroom, The Hague, The Netherlands (solo)
Vito Acconci, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1996   Vito Acconci, CGAC, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (solo)
1994   Vito Acconci : House of streets, Parks and Plazas, Le Consortium, Dijon, France (solo)
1993   Vito Acconci: Models and projects for streets, squares and parks, Stroom, The Hague, The Netherlands (solo)
1992   Vito Acconci, Centro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy (solo)
1988   Vito Acconci: Domestic Trappings, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (solo)
Vito Acconci : Part 2, Sculpture, Installations and Video 1972-1987, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
Vito Acconci, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
Vito Acconci : Part 1, Early Works, Photographs 1969-1972, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1987   Vito Acconci: Domestic Trappings, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA (solo)
1985   Vito Acconci, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1983   Vito Acconci: Video tapes:De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
  Public collections:
  Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
Generali Foundation, Vienna
Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAK), Vienna
  MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp
SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent
  Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, ON
National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  Kiasma - Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
  Le Musée de l’Objet, Blois
FRAC - Pays de la Loire, Carquefou
FRAC - Bretagne, Châteaugiron
Le Consortium, Dijon
FRAC - Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque
FRAC - Limousin, Limoges
Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne
  Museum Ludwig, Cologne
  National Museum of Contempory Art, Athens
  CAMeC - Centro de Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia, La Spezia
Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia
MART- Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto
Galleria Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - GAM, Turin
  Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
  Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona
CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
  Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
  United Kingdom
  Tate Britain, London
  University Art Museum , Albany, NY
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL
Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
Wright State University Art Galleries, Dayton, OH
The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Exit Art, New York City, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Laumeier Sculpture Park, Saint Louis, MO
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
2004    Volk, Gregory, and Vito Acconci. Vito Acconci: Diary of a Body 1969 -1973. Milan-New York: Charta, 2004
2001    Acconci, Vito, and Gloria Moure. Vito Acconci: Writings, Works, Projects. Barcelone: Poligrafa, 2001
2001    Vito Acconci. Acconci Studio acts of architecture (exh. cat.). Milwaukee: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2001
1998    Contemporary Visual Arts, 20, pp. 36-38, Unbuilt Roads, Obrist, Hans Ulrich
1990    Critical Inquiry, 16, 4, Summer, pp. 900-918 Public Space in a Private Time, Acconci, V.
1988    ARTFORUM, XXVI, March, pp. 126-128, Projections of Home, Acconci, V.
1988    Vito Acconci: Public Places. New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1988
1980    Vito Acconci, A Retrospective: 1969 -1980 (exh. cat.). Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1980
1978    Vito Acconci: Catalogue of headlines and images. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1978
1976    October, Spring, pp. 50-64, Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism, Krauss