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Vito Acconci (American, b.1940)
LOT ID: 69237
Reception Room, Naples (3 images), 1973

Silver Print
6 х 9 in. (15.24 x 22.86 cm.)
Stamped, titled and dated on verso.
Print/Casting Year 1973
Lot description
Vintage prints stamped Fabio Donato.

From:
Reception Room
Vito Acconci
1973-2004, 8:26 min, color, sound

These three images are from the newly edited historical video work documents Acconci's 1973 performance Reception Room, which was presented at the Modern Art Agency in Naples, Italy. Acconci lies naked on a gurney-like table, rocking back and forth as a tape-loop of his voice describes his anxieties about exposing his body and his artwork. Writes the artist: "My voice functions as a scenario that keeps me confined to the bed: once I've exposed my fears and shames publicly, then I might be able to face them in private."

Vito Acconci (b. 1940) is one of the foremost pioneers of performance, video, installation, and the exploration of architectural space in printmaking. By the 1980s, Acconci's interests shifted from investigating his own body in spatial contexts to more proto-architectural constructions, moving out of the traditional gallery space to integrate both private and public spaces and push the structural boundaries of his work. His interest in the relationship of visceral space in printmaking has created a complex dialogue between the artwork and the empirical world at large. Acconci has received numerous awards over the course of his career including multiple National Endowment for the Arts Awards, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award, and an American Academy in Rome Award, among others. He has exhibited at numerous venues with retrospectives at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, NL) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL).

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Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
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Reception Room, Naples (3 images) by Vito Acconci
  • Reception Room, Naples (3 images) by Vito Acconci
  • Reception Room, Naples (3 images) by Vito Acconci
  • Reception Room, Naples (3 images) by Vito Acconci
  • Reception Room, Naples (3 images) by Vito Acconci
  • Reception Room, Naples (3 images) by Vito Acconci
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