Anna McNay

Review of Dennis Oppenheim: Thought Collision Factories at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds


Dennis Oppenheim: Thought Collision

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

21 November 2013 – 16 February 2014

The first thing that struck me as I
walked into the main gallery area of the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds was the
sticky sweet smell of candyfloss. Surely I was imagining things? But, no.
Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011) was an artist whose sculptural events, or
processes, sought to encompass all the senses. With the tag-line “fireworks,
flares and machines”, this small but comprehensive exhibition of his works,
spanning the years 1972-86, investigates his use of these and other curious media
(including candyfloss) as sculptural materials.

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