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Annual Rings

Artist:
Dennis Oppenheim (American, Electric City, Washington 1938–2011 New York)
Date:
1968
Medium:
Gelatin silver print(s), ink on paper, photomechanical prints, wax crayon
Dimensions:
101.6 x 76.2cm (40 x 30in.) Frame: 106.7 × 81.3 cm (42 × 32 in.)
Classifications:
Collages, Photographs, Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.212
Rights and Reproduction:
© Dennis Oppenheim Estate
Not on view
During the 1960s, a number of artists-including Oppenheim, Robert Smithson, and Walter De Maria-sought to liberate sculpture from the pedestals of the museum and made work that was inextricably bound to its site. In this piece, Oppenheim enlarged the patterns of the tree's growth and, by shoveling pathways in the snow, transposed the annual rings to the frozen waterway that divides the United States and Canada and also divides their time zones. By juxtaposing man-made national and temporal boundaries, Oppenheim opened to question the relative values of the ordering systems by which we live.
Inscription: Typewritten sheet affixed to mount, BC: "ANNUAL RINGS 1968 // SIZE: 150"x200" // LOCATION: U.S.A/ CANADA BOUNDARY AT FORT KENT // AND CLAIR, NEW BRUNSWICK // SCHEMATA OF ANNUAL TREE RINGS SEVERED BY // POLITICAL BOUNDARY. // TIME: U.S.A. 1:30 // TIME: CANADA 2:30"; Signed by the artist in pencil on mount, recto bottom right: "Dennis Oppenheim 1968 [sideways]"; exhibition label affixed to frame verso, top center: "LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART [printed] // Photography and Art 1946-1986 // June 4, 1987 - April 3, 1988"; Robert Miller Gallery label affixed to frame verso
Artist; [John Gibson, New York]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan," September 25, 2007–March 23, 2008.

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today," August 1, 2010–November 1, 2010.

Collage composed of topographic and aerial maps, photographs, and typewritten text.
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