Agnes Denes

Hungarian, b. 1931

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Agnes Denes

Hungarian, b. 1931

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A pioneering artist who emerged in the 1960s, Agnes Denes works in a wide range of media, producing art that crosses numerous movements, most notably Land Art. Denes draws inspiration from a heady range of disciplines, including philosophy, mathematics, poetry, and science, and her concerns for the environment and land reclamation are among the driving forces of her work. She is best known for a powerful environmental intervention called Wheatfield – A Confrontation (1982). For this project, Denes planted a field of golden wheat on a two-acre vacant lot situated between Wall Street and the former World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Over the course of four months her crop grew to maturity, yielding more than 1,000 pounds of wheat, which was harvested at the end of the project and disseminated around the world.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

A pioneering artist who emerged in the 1960s, Agnes Denes works in a wide range of media, producing art that crosses numerous movements, most notably Land Art. Denes draws inspiration from a heady range of disciplines, including philosophy, mathematics, poetry, and science, and her concerns for the environment and land reclamation are among the driving forces of her work. She is best known for a powerful environmental intervention called Wheatfield – A Confrontation (1982). For this project, Denes planted a field of golden wheat on a two-acre vacant lot situated between Wall Street and the former World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Over the course of four months her crop grew to maturity, yielding more than 1,000 pounds of wheat, which was harvested at the end of the project and disseminated around the world.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Agnes Denes
Articles Featuring Agnes Denes
These 10 Artists Are Making Urgent Work about the Environment
Apr 20th, 2020
Agnes Denes’s Manhattan Wheatfield Has Only Grown More Poignant
Oct 15th, 2019
10 Female Land Artists You Should Know
Jul 18th, 2017
Documenta 14 Struggles to Make a Statement about Our Uncertain Times
Jun 9th, 2017
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