Dennis Oppenheim

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Posted: 02/09/11
Duration: 13:04
Producer: Robert Knafo
Views: 31330

Dennis Oppenheim, who died last month, granted me this studio visit and interview in December of 2007. I set the footage aside, primarily because Dennis was unwell when we did the interview - he was already dealing with a serious medical problem, and he looked frail, vulnerable, preoccupied, and I wasn't entirely comfortable about presenting him on video in his condition. But with his characteristic generosity he spent two hours with me reflecting on his work, and as I reviewed the footage in the wake of his death I saw that whatever ailment he had, had done nothing to dull a remarkable intelligence, thoughtfulness and self-knowledge. So here it is after all these years, 13 minutes with Dennis Oppenheim, one of the seminal figures of land art, leading figure in public art, and as the arc of his career demonstrates, possessed of a constant urge toward creative exploration and reinvention.
-Robert Knafo

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