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This artwork is being auctioned in conjunction with the Brooklyn Artists Ball, celebrating women artists and the fifth anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Museum's education, exhibition, and outreach programs .The artwork in this auction will be on view at the museum from April 13-18 and will be showcased at the Brooklyn Artists Ball Benefit on Wednesday, April 18th. For more information please call (718) 501-6423 or email auction@brooklynmuseum.org


Agnes Denes (b. 1931 Budapest, Hungary) is a pioneer of the environmental and conceptual art movements. In one of her most well-known and highly acclaimed works, entitled “Wheatfield – A Confrontation,” Denes planted and harvested a two-acre field of wheat in a lower Manhattan landfill. The 1982 earthwork critiqued the vast urban landscape that surrounded it, raising questions about the sustainability of urban development and the consequences of our actions as a contemporary industrial nation. Denes is also a revered scholar, researching topics including the physical and social sciences, linguistics, philosophy, art history, poetry, ecology and music. Her works of art are another manifestation of her complex and extensive research endeavors.

Denes has participated in over 300 solo and group exhibitions, including three Venice Biennales and a retrospective at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; National Museum of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art; and Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.; Kunsthalle, Nurnberg,; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, and many others.

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  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 25 x 36 in. (63.5 x 91.44 cm.)

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