Oppenheim’s ‘Straight Red Trees’ Find New Roots

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"Straight Red Trees" by Dennis Oppenheim. Photo credit: Jenny Gorman

Land Art pioneer Dennis Oppenheim once described “Straight Red Trees” as “installation that takes the place of nature.”

In this case, it is a 9-foot sculpture made of steel, acrylic and expanded metal, now on view at Guild Hall in East Hampton as its featured sculpture for 2018.

“Straight Red Trees” comes from Oppenheim’s “Alternative Landscape Components” series created in 2006, which began in Central Park and the Garden for the Accused in lower Manhattan, and was followed by installations at American University, The Bass Museum, The Franklin Conservancy, SCAD Atlanta, City of Potsdam, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Storm King Art Center in 2016, and now sited at Guild Hall.

Before his death in 2011, the long-time Springs resident had a prolific five-decade career that included conceptual art, performance art, earth works, sculpture and photography, with work in the collections of most major museums around the world. To date, he has given more than 300 solo shows, including an exhibition at Guild Hall in 2001, and has participated in over 800 group shows.

“Straight Red Trees” will be on view through April 2019 and is on loan from the Dennis Oppenheim Estate. Admission is free, and Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. For more information, call (631) 324-0806 or visit guildhall.org.

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