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Marta Minujín was born in 1943 in Buenos Aires. She studied fine art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano (1953–59) and art education at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes (1960–61), both in Buenos Aires. In 1961 she went to Paris as a part of a delegation of Argentine participants in that year’s Paris Biennial. She returned to Paris the following year after receiving a fellowship to study painting informally in France (1962–63). Subsequently, she has split her time between New York and Buenos Aires, where she currently resides.
As a pioneer of happenings, performance art, soft sculpture, and video, Minujín pursues a varied and irreverent practice that demonstrates a profound distrust of the collectible art object. She often uses ephemeral materials such as cardboard, fabric, and food in work that is both monumental and fragile. Many of the artist’s actions have employed surprise, provocation, and even violence; some early works saw her destroy all her existing sculptures (The Destruction [La Destruccíon, 1963]), stage temporary interventions with living animals (The Bump [El Batacazo, 1964]), and subject unwitting viewers to extreme conditions (La Menesunda, 1965). In Paris she began a series of soft sculptures made from modified mattresses stitched together and painted in bold colors. As its title suggests, mattresses also feature in Minujín’s Colchones series.
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Marta Minujin Bronze Sculpture H: 5.3" W: 2.2" D: 2.2"

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800Jan 30, 2020
Starting Price $700
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