Donna Dennis

"House/Sky," 2008
Gouache and watercolor on paper
4.5" x 6.75"
Estimated value: $3000
Starting bid: $800

Donna Dennis was originally part of the architectural sculpture movement of the early 1970s which included Alice Aycock, Mary Miss, and Siah Armjani. George Melrod, writing in Art in America has described her as "…a poet of infrastructure. Drawing her inspiration from overlooked fragments of vernacular architecture – a subway station, a dingy bungalow, a musty old stairwell – (she) creates sculptural installations of surprising lyricism…her atmospheric stage sets represent the theater of everyday life, but they also represent metaphorical states of being…implying a sense of dislocation and being cast adrift, but also of voyage and direction. (Her) work uses its constructivist language to achieve an almost mythic invocation of mortality." 

Dennis has exhibited widely both in the United States and Europe, including at the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Tate Gallery, the Venice Bienale, and the Ludwig Forum for Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany. She has also completed several permanent public art commissions including decorative fences at P.S. 234 and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Wonderland MBTA Station in Boston and temporary commissions in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Dayton, Ohio and  Park Avenue, New York City. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1977, 1980, 1986 and 1994, Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Distinguished Professorship Award from Purchase College, SUNY.

Alwan Auction 2016

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