Terry Fox (artist)

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Terry Fox (1943 – October 14, 2008) was an American video, conceptual, sound, and performance artist.


Fox was born in Seattle, Washington. At the age of seventeen, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, later referencing the cycles of illness and wellness in several artworks. Fox was an important figure in post-minimal sculpture, conceptual art, performance, and video art on the West Coast. Before permanently moving to Europe, he was based in San Francisco in the late 1960s and 1970s. Fox later moved to Liege, Belgium. His seminal series of works (environments, performances, sculptures, drawings) produced over an eight-year period was based on the theme of the configuration of the Chartres Labyrinth. He died in Cologne, Germany in 2008.

Fox has been included in numerous international solo and group exhibitions including the documenta 5, Kassel, 1975 Whitney Biennial and 1984 Venice Biennale. He had two major exhibitions in Berkeley, his first solo museum show curated by Brenda Richardson in 1973, and one in 1985 organized around the body of works owned by the Berkeley Art Museum organized by Constance Lewallen. His retrospective solo exhibition was organized by the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel in 2003.

Fox is represented by the San Francisco dealer Paule Anglim and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City.

Selected performance works[edit]

  • Public Theater (1968–69) - events and posters in outdoor locations in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Isolation Unit (1970) – action/performance with Joseph Beuys, Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf
  • Levitation (1970) – action/performance, installation, Richmond Art Center
  • Wall Push (1970) – action/performance, Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco
  • Defoliation (1970) – action/performance, University Art Museum, Berkeley

Selected film and video works[edit]

  • Rain (1970) – Super 8 film, b&w, 3 min.
  • Sweat (1970) – Super 8 film, b&w, 3 min.
  • Breath (1970) – Super 8 film, color, 3 min.
  • Needles Punctured (1971) – film, 30 min.
  • Washing (1972) – film, 15 min.
  • Azione per un Bacile (1972) – Super 8 film, color, 30 min.
  • Tonguings (1970) – videotape, 30 min.
  • Rakes Progress (1970) – videotape, 30 min.
  • Turgescent Sex (1971) – videotape, 40 min.
  • Clutch (1971) – videotape, 50 min.
  • The fire... (1972) – videotape, color, 30 min.
  • Incision (1973) – videotape, 15 min.
  • Children's Tapes (1974) – videotape, 30 min.
  • Timbre (1976) - videotape of performance, camera: Al Wong, 30 min.
  • Lunar Rambles (1976) – videotapes

Selected discography[edit]

  • Berlino\Rallentando. LP record. Eindhoven, The Netherlands: Het Appollohuis, 1989.
  • Isolation Unit (Terry Fox: Pipes; Joseph Beuys: Seeds). (Extended play record, produced by the artists), 1970. Edition 500.
  • Linkage. LP record with text by Martin Kunz. Lucerne, Switzerland: Kunstmuseum, 1982.
  • Mag Magazine #3: Joan La Barbara/Terry Fox. Audiocassette edition. Vienna, Austria: Galerie Grita Insam, 1979.
  • Revolutions per Minute. One cut on record of artists' sound works. New York: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 1982.
  • The Labyrinth Scored for the Purrs of 11 Different Cats. Audiocassette. Eindhoven, The Netherlands: Het Appollohuis, 1989.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Richardson, Brenda. ‘’Terry Fox’’. Berkeley: University Art Museum, University of California, 1973.
  • Foley, Suzanne. Space Time Sound, Conceptual Art in the San Francisco Bay Area: The 1970s. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1981. ISBN 0-295-95879-0
  • Albright, Thomas. Art of the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945 - 1980. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985. ISBN 0-520-05193-9, ISBN 978-0-520-05193-5
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, University Gallery. In site: five conceptual artists from the Bay Area: Terry Fox, Howard Fried, David Ireland, Paul Kos, Tom Marioni: University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst, February 2 March 17, 1990. Amherst: University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1990.
  • Fox, Terry, Eva Schmidt, Matthias Osterwold, Bern Schulz; ‘’Terry Fox: Works with Sound’’. Kehrer; 2003, ISBN 3-933257-04-2
  • Phillips, Glenn, ed. California Video: Artists and Histories. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute and J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008, ISBN 978-0-89236-922-5

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