brutalest on Jun 1st 2010

Vito Acconci is a Bronx-born poet turned visual artist. He specialized in performance art, architecture and installations, and is known for his transgressive artwork.

And when I say transgressive, I mean it. Some might call it tasteless, but Acconci’s breakthrough piece and most famous work was in 1971. [i]Seedbed[/i], a performance piece wherein Acconci lay hidden under the ramp leading into a gallery while he masturbated, speaking his fantasies about each audience member that entered the room broadcasted over a loudspeaker. The room is otherwise empty besides the speakers.

Later in Acconci’s life, his work shifted from performance art to architecture. He specialized in large installation pieces, often combining many images into one piece.

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