Dennis Oppenheim

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Dennis Oppenheim
1938-2011
Metamorphosis
1965
Graphite on paper.
7 x 10 inches (17.8 x 25.4 cm)
Gift of the Catalano family.
2021.88
Inscription: 

Signed and dated in graphite at lower right: Oppenheim 65.

Provenance: 
Charles Catalano, New York (from the artist, ca. 1967); Pat Catalano, New York; from whom acquired by the Morgan (2021)
Notes: 

Oppenheim was a multidisciplinary artist known for his earthworks, body art, video, sculptures, mechanical installations, and public art. He also created imaginative drawings as studies for projects realized and unrealized. He created this early pencil drawing in 1965 while completing his Master of Fine Arts degree at Stanford University. The subject is a male figure undergoing a metamorphosis, as the title suggests, though precisely what kind remains unclear. Already at this early stage, however, Oppenheim's interest in the combination of human and mechanical forms is apparent. This is something he would take up again a decade late in a series of mechanical marionettes.

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