Vito Acconci, ‘'Hand & Mouth' (Film Stills & Text)’, 1970, Sotheby's

Each flush-mounted, initialed, titled, dated, annotated, and numbered sequentially in pencil on the reverse, framed, 1970 (3).

Film stills 40 by 29½ in. (101.6 by 74.9 cm.)
Text panel 29½ by 29¾ in. (74.9 by 75.6 cm.)

Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Vito Acconci: Headlines & Images, November 1978 - January 1979

Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, 1996
Collection of Henry Buhl
Sotheby's New York, A Show of Hands: Photographs from the Collection of Henry Buhl, 13 December 2012, Sale 8886, Lot 349

About Vito Acconci

Best known for his controversial Body Art of the 1960s and ’70s, Vito Acconci has led a diverse career, one that has taken him from poetry through performance, video work to architecture. In Acconci’s subversive and highly physical performances, the artist was known to bite himself, burn off his body hair, and masturbate under a wooden ramp in a gallery while fantasizing through a loudspeaker about the people walking above him. For Broad Jump ’71, the artist organized a jumping competition for men, in which women were the prizes, offering commentary on male ownership of women. For Tonight We Escape from New York (1977), he installed a rope ladder in the Whitney Museum, alongside of which four loudspeakers played fragments of a racist dialogue that seemed to rise and fall along the ladder. Acconci’s interest in the human body and its relationship to public space later evolved into architectural, landscape, and furniture design.

American, January 24, 1940, New York, New York