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Dennis Oppenheim, Narrow Mind, 1974, fireworks, metal, wood, dimensions variable.

Dennis Oppenheim

Henry Moore Institute

Dennis Oppenheim, Narrow Mind, 1974, fireworks, metal, wood, dimensions variable.

During Dennis Oppenheim’s forty-plus years of artmaking, his idiosyncratic output was variously, if a little awkwardly, squashed into the categories of Land, Body, and Conceptual art, each of which he playfully mined and subverted. For the tightly curated show “Thought Collision Factories,” Lisa Le Feuvre, head of sculpture studies at the Henry Moore Institute, focused on the pyrotechnic pieces Oppenheim made between 1972 and 1986, emphasizing his playful, noisy, and outlandish machine structures and firework projects. At the center of the exhibition were two large contraptions from 1982, accompanied by Oppenheim’s plans for his major public commissions. While the fantastical dreamworlds Oppenheim sketched meticulously on large-scale sheets of paper were occasionally realized in his lifetime (he died in 2011), they remained for the most part preposterous proposals, with the drawings

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