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Joseph Beuys’ ambitious plan to plant 7000 oaks

7000 Oaks 7000 Oaks is an environmental artwork created by German artist Joseph Beuys. The artist proposed a plan to have 7000 oaks trees planted across the Germany city of Kassel, each tree accompanied with basalt stone, 4 feet high above the ground. Joseph Beuys’ objection was for the project to extend throughout the world …

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Mario Bellini’s Kar-a-sutra – You can’t drive this car

Mario Bellini created an outrageous concept that he dubbed Kar-a-Sutra. He worked on it in collaboration with two of the world’s most famous companies: Citroën and Pirelli. Through it, the Milan-based architect and designer astounded all and sundry with this artwork. Eventually, art lovers around the world referred to his creation as Mario Bellini’s …

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Chris Burden exposed the foundation of the museum

In his works, Chris Burden goes beyond limits to produce immemorable installations that have revolutionized art. Many of his works involve commitment, hard work, and ethos that bring out metaphoric power akin to his performances. Exposing the Foundation of the Museum At the Museum of Contemporary art (MOCA), Chris created a revered installation that …

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Why Gordon Matta-Clark cut holes in buildings – Conical Intersect

For the 1975 Paris Biennale, Gordon Matta-Clark made big cone-shaped holes in two buildings near the Centre Georges Pompidou. The action took place in Les Halles, a neighborhood that was being demolished. Matta-Clark aimed to permit passers-by to peek through to the Centre Pompidou while it had been under construction. Conical Intersect (1975) was …

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Why was Sally Mann’s Immediate Family so controversial?

Immediate Family is a photography book produced in 1992 by Sally Mann. The book was published by the international quarterly journal Aperture and is made of 65 duotone portraits. The book features exclusively Mann’s three children, Virginia, Jessie, and Emmett, who are also on the book’s front cover. Thirteen of the images show nudity, …

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Gilbert & George’s Singing sculpture – Breaking down this barrier

2 min 38 sec Who is Gilbert & George? The artist duo of George Passmore and Gilbert Proesch – famously known as Gilbert and George – is undoubtedly one of the most long-standing and prolific collaborations of the post-conceptual art era. Perhaps the pair is best recognized for its wall-to-wall, …

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Huang Yong Ping – Theater of the World, 1987:1993 feat

Huang Yong Ping’s controversial Theater of the World

Who was Huang Yong Ping Huang Yong Ping was a contemporary artist, born and raised in Xiamen, China. In the last decades, he has created numerous contentious and confrontational artworks. Huang is known as one of the most influential Chinese contemporary artists. His artworks include sculptures, installations, and paintings. He was an icon in the …

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Cindy Sherman - Untitled Film Still #43, 1979 feat

Cindy Sherman’s Untitled film stills – Her groundbreaking self portraits

Who is Cindy Sherman? Cindy Sherman was born in 1954 in New Jersey. She grew up in Long Beach, immersed in the television and film culture of the era. This period was shaped by nuclear war worries, capitalism, and the growing blitz of images selling all sorts of commercial products, including cigarettes, washing machines, bras, …

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What is Wolfgang Tillmans’ Still Life series all about?

Who is Wolfgang Tillmans? Wolfgang Tillmans is a German photographer. He started receiving recognition in the 1990s with special interests in documentations of youths, LGBTQ culture, and clubs. Since then, he has expanded his practice to accommodate diaristic photography, commissioned magazine work, and large scale conceptual series. Tillmans once commented that he wants his pictures …

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