1-7. Excerpts from the catalog:
Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates
Edited by Emma Enderby, The Shed, 2020
Postscript to postscript
Agnes Denes, 2020
On the occasion and in the context of Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters – first contemporary art program conceived and produced by the Pompeii Archaeological Park – The Shed New York and Pompeii have initiated a collaboration that includes the commission of an unpublished contribution by the artist Agnes Denes for the Pompeii Commitment portal, as well as the reproduction of excerpts from the monograph Agnes Denes, Absolutes and Intermediates published on the occasion of the artist’s solo exhibition at The Shed in 2020. The contribution was drafted by Emma Enderby, Chief Curator at The Shed, who curated the solo exhibition by Agnes Denes and its monograph.
Home page image: Agnes Denes, Rice/Tree/Burial, 1977–79. Courtesy of the Artist and The Shed New York
All images: Copyright Agnes Denes, Courtesy of Leslie Tonkonow and The Shed New York
Agnes Denes was born in Budapest, raised in Sweden, and educated throughout the United States. She has participated in more than 600 exhibitions at galleries and museums internationally. Her solo shows and retrospective surveys have been presented at venues including: Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1979); Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2008); Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (2003); FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (2013); and The Shed, New York (2019). Denes’ work will be featured in the 59th Venice Biennale (2022) and was previously in: Documenta 14, Kassel (2017); Art Institute of Chicago (2012); Centre Pompidou-Metz, Paris (2011 – 12); PROA Foundation, Buenos Aires (2011); 38th Venice Biennale (1978); Documenta 6, Kassel (1977); 2nd Biennale of Sydney (1976). Her works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Kunsthalle Nürnberg; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; and 28 other major art institutions worldwide.
Emma Enderby is a curator, writer, and lecturer of modern and contemporary art. She is currently the Head of Programs and Research, Chief Curator at Haus der Kunst, Munich, as well as the Curator-at-large at The Shed, New York where she is curating the exhibition Tomas Saraceno: Particular Matter(s). Formerly, as Chief Curator at The Shed, she curated the retrospective exhibition Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates, the group exhibition The Looking Glass, and shows with Ian Cheng, Trisha Donnelly, Tony Cokes, Oscar Murillo, and the institution’s emerging art programme, Open Call. Enderby also curated Jakob Kudsk Steensen: Berl-Berl, for Light Art Space in Berlin. Prior to The Shed, Enderby was the Associate Curator at Public Art Fund, and exhibitions curator at the Serpentine Galleries, London, where she organized exhibitions including Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen; Rachel Rose: Palisades, Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue; and Haim Steinbach: once again the world is flat. She was also co-project curator for the Serpentine Pavilion commissions of SelgasCano and Smiljan Radić. Previously, she worked at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Whitechapel Gallery, London.