Dennis OppenheimParallel Stress 1970

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Dennis Oppenheim (born 1938)
Parallel Stress
Date 1970
Medium2 photographs, black and white, on paper and ink on paper mounted onto board
Dimensionsdisplayed: 2286 x 1524 mm
Acquisition Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of John Coplans 2004


Parallel Stress is the documentation of two actions Oppenheim performed in New York State in May 1970. The work comprises two individually framed black and white photographs and a section of typewritten text on blue paper, also framed, that are displayed in a column, one above another. In the first action, shown in the upper image, the artist stretched his body between a masonry-block wall and a collapsed concrete pier at a location between Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges in New York City. He held this position for ten minutes, straining against the pull of gravity to maintain a horizontal position. According to the text, the photograph was taken at the ‘greatest stress position prior to collapse’… (read more)

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