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Dennis Oppenheim

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Crystal Mountain, 2005

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DESCRIPTION: (30 feet x 45 feet) A large, aluminum-frame sculpture located at the north side of Terminal D. This crystal-inspired work has an arched tunnel through the center wide enough for two-way pedestrian circulation.

“The Dallas/Fort Worth Airport International Terminal project is interesting to me because of the innate relationship to movement and human experience of space as it is traversed.

“In a public work I anticipate the atmosphere in which it will be viewed and strive to create a piece which is uncompromising with respect to the sculptural idiom — a work which will attract commentary from my peers and the art community as a whole. As my work is conceptual in nature, I spend a great deal of energy developing ideas that are pertinent to the specific nature of the commission, yet address universal aspects of art as well. The work should be far reaching and not limited, so that it continues to have relevance for the community in years to come. My materials often come from technology, although always with a feeling for the organic and within a human context.”
BIOGRAPHY: Born in Electric City, Washington in 1938, Dennis Oppenheim attended the School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California and Stanford University. In 1968, Oppenheim participated with Smithson and Heizer in recorded discussions following his first East Coast one-person show at the John Gibson Gallery. The artist’s first solo show in Paris was held at the Galerie Yvon Lambert in 1969. That same year, Oppenheim also participated in several significant group shows including Earth Art at Cornell University. Oppenheim has lectured extensively in the United States and Europe and in 1972 received a Guggenheim Fellowship. The first retrospective of his work was organized by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the second by the Musee d’Art Contemporain in Montreal. A major Oppenheim exhibition was organized by the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin in 2001 and traveled to the Musee des Beaux Arts d'Arras in Arras, France and later to the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany. In 2001, "Monument to Escape," a public sculpture commissioned by the Committee for Monuments to Victims of State Terrorism, was dedicated in Buenos Aires. Mr. Oppenheim currently resides in New York City, New York.

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