237.130 Week 9 – Agnes Denes

 

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Denes, Agnes. Wheatfield – A Confrontation. Manhattan, 1982. Installation.

Taken from her website – “Planting and harvesting a field of wheat on land worth $4.5 billion created a powerful paradox. Wheatfield was a symbol, a universal concept; it represented food, energy, commerce, world trade, and economics. It referred to mismanagement, waste, world hunger and ecological concerns. It called attention to our misplaced priorities. The harvested grain traveled to twenty-eight cities around the world in an exhibition called “The International Art Show for the End of World Hunger”, organized by the Minnesota Museum of Art (1987-90). The seeds were carried away by people who planted them in many parts of the globe.” 

-The misuse of land, misplaced priorities.

-Not overly strong connection to my topic but could be unpicked further. Unsure about what point this work is trying to make. 

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