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Agnes Denes. Works 1967 - 2013

Firstsite, Colchester (U.K.)

23.11.2013 - 09.03.2014

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FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims and Firstsite presents a retrospective exhibition of Agnes Denes (born in 1931 in Budapest, Hungary, she has lived and worked in New York since 1954). This will be the first major survey of the artist's work in Western Europe and her first solo exhibition in the UK since 1979.











Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

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Exhibition 23 November 2013 - 9 March 2014. Firstsite, Lewis Garden, High Street - Colchester CO1 1JH (U.K.). Tel.: +44 (0)1 206 577 067. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am - 5.00 pm. Admission free.

© Agnes Denes, Wheatfield - A Confrontation: Battery Park Landfiln Dowtown Manhattan, 1982

© Agnes Denes, Wheatfield - A Confrontation: Battery Park Landfiln Dowtown Manhattan, 1982

Since the late 1960s, Agnes Denes has combined a conceptual approach to drawing and printmaking with pioneering interventions in the natural and urban environment. Her work addresses a range of concerns and influences from philosophy, mathematics and science to environmental issues and sexual politics.

This exhibition includes a selection of over 50 drawings and prints from four major series of work undertaken by the artist from the late 1960s to the present day. These are presented alongside photographs and other documents from Denes' major sculptural projects from this period. Of key importance is Wheatfield - A Confrontation (1982), which saw the artist cultivate and harvest a crop of wheat on two acres of land in downtown Manhattan, New York.

Conceived as a collaboration between firstsite and FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, this exhibition is the first to bring together key works from private collections in North America and Europe, as well as major public holdings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France.

A new monographic book on the artist's work edited by Florence Derieux, Director of FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, and published by FRAC Champagne-Ardenne and Firstsite, will follow the exhibition.