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Dennis Oppenheim
Device to Root Out Evil (1997) sculpture by Dennis Oppenheim at its former location in
Vancouver, Canada
Born 1938
Electric City, Washington
Nationality American
Field Sculpture, Performance art
Training California College of Arts and Crafts.
Stanford University.

Dennis Oppenheim is an American conceptual artist, performance artist, earth artist, sculptor and photographer who was born in Electric City, Washington in 1938. In 1964, he earned his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California and an MFA from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California in 1965. He moved to New York in 1966 where he first taught nursery school and then high school art while working toward his first one-person exhibition in New York, held in 1968 when he was 30 years old. Oppenheim's early work tended to focus on human and animal performances. In the early 1970s, he was in the vanguard of artists using film and video in relation to performance. He was included in both the Venice Biennale and the Johannesburg Biennale in 1997. He lives and works in New York City.


A statue, Monument to the Escape, by Dennis Oppenheim in Memory Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was dedicated in October 2006. It is a memorial to the victims of the military regime during the Argentine Dirty War, a period of Argentinian state-sponsored violence from 1976 to 1983.
  • Coppola, Regina, In vivo, works by Rebecca Horn, Jon Kessler, Dennis Oppenheim, Alan Rath, Amherst, MA, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, 1996.
  • Fels, Mathias, Dennis Oppenheim, 1967-1971, Paris, 1972.
  • Fox, Howard N., Metaphor, new projects by contemporary sculptors, Vito Acconci, Siah Armajani, Alice Aycock, Lauren Ewing, Robert Morris, Dennis Oppenheim, Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982.
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Machineworks, Vito Acconci, Alice Aycock, Dennis Oppenheim, Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art, 1981.

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