Image rights: © Agnieszka Kurant Photo: Jean Vong, courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
"Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim"
Venue: Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Purchased with funds contributed by the Young Collectors Council with additional funds contributed by Michael Lee, Sihien Goh, and Stephen Javaras, 2014.126
About Agnieszka Kurant
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.
Polish, b. 1978