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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the artists central to the Installation Art movement. Read more about the movement on the Installation Art Overview page.

Installation Art: 29 of 310 Total Artists
Ai Weiwei Biography, Art & Analysis

Ai Weiwei

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Ai Weiwei Famous Art

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese Conceptual artist and activist. His pieces explore many themes, including history, society, human rights, and the freedom of speech. Weiwei's open critique of the Chinese government has caused him many problems with Chinese authorities and challenged the establishment in an epic way.

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Bourgeois, Louise Biography, Art & Analysis

Bourgeois, Louise

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Bourgeois, Louise Famous Art

Louise Bourgeois is a French contemporary artist whose work adds a feminist perspective to Surrealism's themes of sex, childhood, and the uncanny. She is best known for her installation 'Cells' and her large-scale spider sculptures.

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Broodthaers, Marcel Biography, Art & Analysis

Broodthaers, Marcel

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Marcel Broodthaers was a Belgian poet, filmmaker and conceptual artist who was born in 1924. He worked principally with found objects and collage, which often contained text. His most noted work was an installation, Musée d'Art Moderne, Department of Eagles, which began in his Brussels home.

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Burden, Chris Biography, Art & Analysis

Burden, Chris

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Burden, Chris Famous Art

American performance artist Chris Burden is most known for his 1970s works that placed him in extreme danger, such as being shot in the arm by an assistant or being crucified on the back of a car.

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Calder, Alexander Biography, Art & Analysis

Calder, Alexander

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Calder, Alexander Famous Art

Alexander Calder was an American artist who made important contributions to abstract sculpture, hanging mobiles, and kinetic art. His work reflects both modern and Surrealist influences.

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Chicago, Judy Biography, Art & Analysis

Chicago, Judy

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Chicago, Judy Famous Art

Judy Chicago is an American feminist artist and author. Originally associated with the Minimalist movement of the 1960s, Chicago soon abandoned this in favor of creating content-based art. Her most famous work to date is the installation piece The Dinner Party (1974-79), an homage to women's history.

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De Maria, Walter Biography, Art & Analysis

De Maria, Walter

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De Maria, Walter Famous Art

Walter de Maria is an American sculptor, composer, and multi-media artist whose best known work is The Lightning Field (1977), consisting of 400 lightning rods situated on a field in New Mexico.

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De Saint Phalle, Niki Biography, Art & Analysis

De Saint Phalle, Niki

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De Saint Phalle, Niki Famous Art

Niki de Saint Phalle explored the various roles and representations of women in society. Her innovative use of found objects, unconventional materials, natural environments, graphic aesthetics, and assemblage in her art made her a prominent figure of 1960s Nouveau Realisme.

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Emin, Tracey Biography, Art & Analysis

Emin, Tracey

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Emin, Tracey Famous Art

Tracey Emin is a British artist and a member of the famed YBA's (Young British Artists). She is best known for her provocative and sexually-charged works, often in the form of personal traumatic events exhibited in an unapologeticly and willfully to the public.

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Robert Gober Biography, Art & Analysis

Robert Gober

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Robert Gober Famous Art

Robert Gober is an American artist whose work often relates to domestic and familiar objects such as sinks, doors and legs. Despite their appearance, his sculptures are meticulously handcrafted. He represented the United States at the 2001 Venice Biennale.

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Gonzalez-Torres, Felix Biography, Art & Analysis

Gonzalez-Torres, Felix

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres was an American, Cuban-born visual artist known for his minimal installations and sculptures. Using materials such as strings of lightbulbs, clocks, stacks of paper, or packaged hard candies, his work is sometimes considered a reflection of his experience with AIDS and living at the time of the outbreak of that disease.

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Hirst, Damien Biography, Art & Analysis

Hirst, Damien

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Hirst, Damien Famous Art

Damien Hirst is a British installation and conceptual artist, and in the 1980s was a founding member of the Young British Artists (YBAs). His best known work is Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), comprised of a dead tiger shark suspended in a vitrine of formaldehyde.

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Holzer, Jenny Biography, Art & Analysis

Holzer, Jenny

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Holzer, Jenny Famous Art

Jenny Holzer is an American conceptual and mixed-media artist. Her work is best known for using a variety of text, propaganda imagery, sound, video and light, all of which she attempts to incorporate into public spaces, thus bringing artistic experience directly into the world.

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Johns, Jasper Biography, Art & Analysis

Johns, Jasper

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Johns, Jasper Famous Art

Jasper Johns is an American artist who rose to prominence in the late 1950s for his multi-media constructions, dubbed by critics as Neo-Dada. Johns' work, including his world-famous targets and American flags series, were important predecessors to Pop art.

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Judd, Donald Biography, Art & Analysis

Judd, Donald

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Judd, Donald Famous Art

Donald Judd was an early and influential Minimalist artist who made large-scale geometric objects, often of industrial materials and serially arranged on the floor or wall. He helped found the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, where many key works of Minimalism are installed.

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Kapoor, Anish Biography, Art & Analysis

Kapoor, Anish

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Anish Kapoor is a leading contemporary sculptor and conceptual artist whose work is characterized by its simple and organic forms, that are both earthly and ethereal - such as Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millenium Park.

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Kiefer, Anselm Biography, Art & Analysis

Kiefer, Anselm

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Kiefer, Anselm Famous Art

Anselm Kiefer is a German painter and sculptor, and was a pioneer of the late-twentieth-century movement Neo-Expressionism. Kiefer's mixed-media art typically incorporates straw, clay, lead and shellac, in addition to traditional paint and canvas. The themes of his work often focus on the atrocities of the Holocaust, as well as the occult, cosmos, and mythology.

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Kienholz, Edward Biography, Art & Analysis

Kienholz, Edward

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Kienholz, Edward Famous Art

Edward Kienholz was an American installation artist and sculptor, frequently associated with the California-based Funk art movement. His work, which explores issues of sexual exploitation, abuse of political power, racism, and religion, is known for its highly critical stance on modern culture and society.

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Koons, Jeff Biography, Art & Analysis

Koons, Jeff

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Koons, Jeff Famous Art

Jeff Koons is an American sculptor, painter and Neo-Pop artist, best known for mirror-finished stainless steel constructions of animals and everyday objects. Koons' works are often large public installations, in which viewers are invited to interact with his art.

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Kosuth, Joseph Biography, Art & Analysis

Kosuth, Joseph

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Kosuth, Joseph Famous Art

Joseph Kosuth was one of the originators of Conceptual art in the mid-1960s, when he pioneered the use of words in place of visual imagery of any kind and explored the relationship between ideas and the images, and words used to convey them.

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Installation Art: 29 of 310 Total Artists



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