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Tom Marioni

American, b. 1937

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Tom Marioni

American, b. 1937

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A pioneer of Conceptual art, Tom Marioni creates sculptures, drawings, prints, and works that incorporate sound, video, and light. In 1970 Marioni produced his seminal performance-installation work The Art of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art (1970), for which he installed a bar and hosted a party in a gallery space; in the same year he opened the Museum of Conceptual Art, an alternative San Francisco art space. Influenced by Eastern philosophy, Marioni also produced a series of action drawings in which gestural marks were the product of the artist running, jumping, or rotating his arm in a circular motion, using his body as a compass to record his farthest reach and marry physical effort with mark-making. “There’s the tradition of the ensō [“circle”] in Japan,” Marioni has said of the eastern influence on these drawings. “It’s about breathing, mark-making, and picture-writing.”

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Hammer Museum
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Biography

A pioneer of Conceptual art, Tom Marioni creates sculptures, drawings, prints, and works that incorporate sound, video, and light. In 1970 Marioni produced his seminal performance-installation work The Art of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art (1970), for which he installed a bar and hosted a party in a gallery space; in the same year he opened the Museum of Conceptual Art, an alternative San Francisco art space. Influenced by Eastern philosophy, Marioni also produced a series of action drawings in which gestural marks were the product of the artist running, jumping, or rotating his arm in a circular motion, using his body as a compass to record his farthest reach and marry physical effort with mark-making. “There’s the tradition of the ensō [“circle”] in Japan,” Marioni has said of the eastern influence on these drawings. “It’s about breathing, mark-making, and picture-writing.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Hammer Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Biennale de Lyon
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