Marina Abramović, ‘Portrait with Firewood’, 2009, Phillips

39 1/4 x 39 1/4 in. (99.7 x 99.7 cm)
Overall 54 3/4 x 54 3/4 in. (139.1 x 139.1 cm)

From the Catalogue:
Considered one of the pioneers of performance art, Marina Abramović has fashioned her body as both subject and medium throughout her career. Exhaustively investigating her physical and mental limits, Abramović delves into concepts of endurance, human interaction and transcendence. Abramović, like many performance artists, captures these ephemeral artworks through photography. Portrait with Firewood however, strays from Abramović’s traditional practice. Rather than documenting a particular performance, the image represents the daily arduous efforts of millions of women worldwide to provide life-sustaining fire for their homes. Abramović used the proceeds from the sale of this edition to support her groundbreaking retrospective ‘The Artist is Present’ at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2010.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Number 22 from an edition of 30. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

The Museum of Modern Art, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, cover

Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

About Marina Abramović

Working in a wide range of media, Marina Abramović is best known for her provocative performance works, employing her own body as both subject and medium. In an early performance entitled Rhythm 10, Abramović repeatedly stabbed the spaces between her fingers with a series of knives, effectively testing the relationship between the mental and physical, and reinterpreting the concept of rhythm. Between 1976 and 1988, Abramović collaborated with German photographer and performance artist Ulay to create performance works that explore such binaries as male and female, active and passive, through the execution of repetitive, exhausting, and often painful actions. Abramović has continued to work independently since then, staging performative works that increasingly demand viewer involvement, such as her MoMA retrospective, “The Artist Is Present,” in which museum visitors could sit down across from Abramović at a table and engage in a silent exchange with the artist.

Serbian, b. 1946, Belgrade, Serbia, based in New York, NY, United States