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© Agnieszka Kurant Photo: Jean Vong, courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Polish artist Agnieszka Kurant investigates what she calls “phantom capital”—the invisible or imagined forces that economically and politically influence society. She is interested in how fiction, myth, and rumor masquerade as material reality, trump logic, and impact how people live. Kurant’s conceptual body of work includes sculpture, installation, film, photography, and works on paper, often supplemented with extensive research and writing. Phantom Library (2011–12), a shelf of seemingly real hardcover and paperback books, is in fact a collection of volumes with blank pages attributed to authors with names borrowed from fictional literary characters.

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2019
₡ U R ₹ € ₦ ₢ ¥: Collective ShowNome
2017
Agnieszka Kurant: Assembly LineCenter for Contemporary Art - Tel Aviv
2015
Storylines: Contemporary Art at the GuggenheimGuggenheim Museum
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Phantom Library (detail), 2011-2012

Embossed canvas, silkscreen on paper and cardboard, thermochromic pigment on paper, gold leaf, silver leaf, and offset print on paper, 112 books
11 4/5 × 194 9/10 × 7 9/10 in
30 × 495 × 20 cm
Edition 3/3
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Location
New York
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© Agnieszka Kurant Photo: Jean Vong, courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Polish artist Agnieszka Kurant investigates what she calls “phantom capital”—the invisible or imagined forces that economically and politically influence society. She is interested in how fiction, myth, and rumor masquerade as material reality, trump logic, and impact how people live. Kurant’s conceptual body of work includes sculpture, installation, film, photography, and works on paper, often supplemented with extensive research and writing. Phantom Library (2011–12), a shelf of seemingly real hardcover and paperback books, is in fact a collection of volumes with blank pages attributed to authors with names borrowed from fictional literary characters.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim
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