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Artist of the moment…….Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci  is an American artist born in Bronx, New York in the year 1940. Acconci is a very versatile artist working in many mediums including sculpture, painting, and performance art. For his collegiate education Acconci attended the College of the Holy Cross located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Acconci went on to do his postgraduate studies at the University of Iowa. The artist has completed many public sized commissioned works.

The artist studied writing and poetry for his master’s degree. Acconci didn’t began to produce visual art until the very late 1960s.

For much of his work the artist uses his own body.

Price range information:  Non public sized smaller works and prints range from $3,000 to $50,000.

Acconci also has become renown for some performance art work. One such work titled Seedbed involved the artist arousing himself sexually and talking to himself whilst loudspeakers echoed his words and the viewer walked above the artist.

Acconci was one of the first artist to work with recycled and found materials. The artist has built a reputation for designing fine furniture from these materials.

In this clip from the Tate Museum we learn that the artist thinks of himself as an art doer, rather than just a visual artist per say. Like other performance artists, for him its about the process not just the end result. A worthwhile interview:

The artist was the co-founder of an architecture company that designs public buildings and various works.

Acconci has also been part of many great teaching institutions including Pratt and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The artist is based out of Brooklyn, New York.

I found out that this artist has a huge outdoor public work around 30 minutes from Denver in Arvada, Colorado.


Some works of art celebrating the Fourth of July

Lets take a look at some work that celebrates the holiday! First up we have a wonderful piece by Ed Ruscha. Made in the USA and Made in America were logos plastered everywhere when I grew up during the 1980s.


And of course we must visit the great Andy Warhol and his tribute to Uncle Sam.


Ab the Flagman Ivens is an artist that works with found wood and other recycled goods. His real name is Roger Ivens.

Charles Fazzino is an artist I recently profiled famous for his three dimensional art. A great piece celebrating the country below.


Vito Acconci is a painter who sometimes does performance art. Below an example of his take on the flag.


And here  the great Jasper Johns talking about painting the flag.

An artist who takes famous images and reworks them using digital technology is Jon Rafman. This work is titled The Oval Office in the style of Jasper Johns. What great piece to celebrate the day!


And to close we check out an artist well known for his appropriation work, Richard Pettibone.


How about getting in the spirit of the day and working with a subject that has to do with the fourth. Some ideas would be fireworks, beer and alcohol bottles, and of course flags!

Happy Holidays!