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Ruppersberg presents a book-give-away performance of The New Five Foot Shelf paperback book.
1944 (age 73–74)|
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
|Alma mater||Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts)|
|Known for||Conceptual art, Painting, Sculpture, Installation art|
Allen Ruppersberg (born 1944) is an American artist.
He is one of the first generation of American Conceptual artists that changed the way art was thought about and made. His work includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations and books.
Early life and education
During his early years in Los Angeles, he began significant relationships with John Baldessari, William Leavitt, Ed Ruscha, William Wegman and Allan McCollum. He participated in the 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form, and is recognized as a seminal practitioner of installation art, having produced works including Al's Cafe (1969), Al's Grand Hotel (1971) and The Novel that Writes Itself (1978).
Since the late 1960s, his work has been the subject of over sixty solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group shows.
Career highlights include participation in:
His work can be found in permanent collections of museums internationally, including:
- Foundation de Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
- Museum of Modern Art, New York City, New York, United States
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York, United States
Ruppersberg's philosophy is to use language as a means of expression in its own right. He drew on all the different sectors of the mass media and the consumer society from a critical viewpoint.
- The New Five Foot Shelf. The installation consists of 50 books and 44 posters. Dimension of the installation: variable. Limited edition of 10 copies and 2 artist’s proofs. Produced and published in 2001 by Editions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier. Voir mfc-michèle didier
- "The New Five Foot Shelf of Books" – installation, produced and published in 2003 by Editions Micheline Szwajcer and Michèle Didier, Brussels. Voir mfc-michèle didier
- "Chapter VI" – artist book, produced and published in 2009 by mfc-michèle didier, Brussels
- The Novel That Writes Itself, artist book, produced and published in 2014 by mfc-michèle didier, Brussels
Ruppersberg lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City.
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- Szeemann, Harald (1969). When Attitudes Become Form (exhibition catalog). Bern: Kunsthalle Bern.
- Ruppersberg, Allen (1997). The Best of All Possible Worlds, published for the installation in the exhibition: Skulptur Projects in Münster.
- Singerman, Howard (1985). Allen Ruppersberg: The Secret of Life and Death. Volume I: 1969–1984. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles catalog (edited by Julia Brown). Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press.
- Paul, Frédéric; McCollum, Allan; and Ruppersberg, Allen (2001). Allen Ruppersberg: Books, Inc. Limousin: F.R.A.C..
- United States Artists Official Website
- Allen Ruppersberg: One of Many, by Allen Ruppersberg Publisher: Walther Konig, 2006
- Allen Ruppersberg: What One Loves About Life Are the Things That Fade, by Allan McCollum