Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011). Straight Red Trees, Alternative Landscape Components, 2006. Painted square tube, steel drums, perforated metal, acrylic. 9 x 9 ½ x 9 ½ feet. Courtesy Dennis Oppenheim Estate. Photo: Jenny Gorman.—————————-
Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011)
Straight Red Trees, Alternative Landscape Components
Guild Hall is pleased to present the featured sculpture for 2018, Straight Red Trees, by Land Art pioneer and long-time East Hampton resident, Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011). Straight Red Trees comes from Oppenheim’s Alternative Landscape Components series created in 2006.
The nine-foot sculpture made of steel, acrylic, and expanded metal is a selection from Oppenheim’s large body of public works. Oppenheim described these works as “installation that takes the place of nature.” Extremely accessible, these public works integrate art, nature and the viewer.
The Alternative Landscape Components series began at the Garden for the Accused (in lower Manhattan) and Central Park in 2006. This was followed by installations at American University, The Bass Museum, The Franklin Conservancy, SCAD Atlanta, City of Potsdam, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Storm King Art Center in 2016, and now sited at Guild Hall.
Dennis Oppenheim’s prolific five-decade career included conceptual art, performance art, earth works, sculpture and photography. He received an MFA from Stanford University in 1967 after which he moved to New York City. Oppenheim’s work is in collections of most major museums around the world. His first retrospective was in Amsterdam in 1974, followed by Montreal in 1979, New York at PS 1, and at MoMA in 1992. To date, there have been over 300 solo shows including a solo exhibition at Guild Hall Museum in 2001: Dennis Oppenheim: New Works as well as participation in over 800 group shows. He purchased a home in Springs in 1985, were he worked part-time in solitude or with family and friends year round. The most recent showing of Oppenheim’s work took place in February of 2018 at Marlborough Contemporary in New York.
Straight Red Trees from Alternative Landscape Components, 2006 will be on view through April 2019 and is on loan from the Dennis Oppenheim Estate, which extends special thanks to Microearth, Inc. and James Salomon of Salomon Contemporary.
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All Museum Programming supported in part by Crozier Fine Arts, Gerry Charitable Trust, The Lorenzo and Mary Woodhouse Trust, The Melville Straus Family Endowment, The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and public funds provided by Suffolk County. Free Admission sponsored by Landscape Details and Bridgehampton National Bank.