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Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates


Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates

October 9, 2019 – January 19, 2020

On view in The Shed’s Level 4 Gallery and Level 2 Gallery, 545 West 30th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. 

This fall, The Shed will present the most comprehensive retrospective exhibition to date of the work of Agnes Denes (b. 1931), a leading figure in conceptual and environmental art. On view October 9, 2019 – January 19, 2020 across both of The Shed’s expansive galleries, Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates will bring together more than 150 works in a broad range of media spanning Denes’s 50-year career, including three new works commissioned by The Shed.

Denes rose to international attention in the 1960s and 1970s, creating work influenced by science, mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, ecology, and psychology to analyze, document, and ultimately aid humanity. Her theories about climate change and life in an ever-changing, technologically-driven world demonstrate a deeply prescient understanding of society today.

Organized by Emma Enderby, The Shed’s Senior Curator, with Adeze Wilford, Curatorial Assistant, Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

Image: Agnes Denes, Wheatfield—A Confrontation. Two acres of wheat planted and harvested by the artist on the Battery Park landfill, Manhattan, Summer 1982. Commissioned by Public Art Fund. Courtesy the artist and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects.

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