Roni Horn, ‘Untitled (Weather)’, 2010, Choice Works Benefit Auction 2015
Roni Horn, ‘Untitled (Weather)’, 2010, Choice Works Benefit Auction 2015

Estimated value: $85,000

The 40-year career of New York-born artist Roni Horn encompasses sculpture, photographs, books, drawing, and installations. Her wide-ranging work was the subject of a major retrospective organized by the Tate Modern in 2009. In this work from 2010, Untitled (Weather), Horn revisits a photographic series that featured prominently in that survey: You are the Weather, composed from 1994 to 1995. That project—which consists of some 100 close-up views of a woman emerging wet from natural thermal pools located across Iceland—explores many of the central concerns of Horn’s art, among them mutability, transience, human identity, and memory. This reiteration, with the same woman, 15 years on, is perhaps even more powerful and plangent than its predecessor. Horn has had solo exhibitions at Art Institute of Chicago, Centre Georges Pompidou, Dia Center for the Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, Kunsthalle Basel, Tate Modern, and others. Her works have also been shown in the Whitney Biennial (1991, 2004), Documenta (1992), and Venice Biennale (1997).

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About Roni Horn

“The unknown is where I want to be,” says Roni Horn, an artist celebrated for her cerebral, wide-ranging body of work in which she explores mutability—of identity and gender, natural landscapes and phenomena, language and meaning. Grounded in Minimalism and shaped by language, Horn’s sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, books, and installations reveal the subtle, moment-by-moment shifts in an expression, nature, or the meaning of words on a page. In Becoming a Landscape (1999-2001) and Still Water (The River Thames, for Example) (1999), she presents a series of photographs of the Icelandic landscape and of the Thames, respectively, that convey their state of unending change. In addition to Iceland and water, Horn focuses on Emily Dickinson’s poetry and her own androgyny. In a.k.a. (2008), she documents the mutability of her identity—at one the wellspring for all of her work the lens through which she views the world.

American, b. 1955, New York, New York, based in New York, New York