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Janine Antoni
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Janine Antoni
I speak up, 2019
Mixed media gilded with 24 karat gold leaf
Edition of 3 and 2 artist's proofs
21 x 18 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches
(53.3 x 46 x 6 cm)
Commissioned by The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY
Photo: Christopher Burke

Janine Antoni was born in Freeport, Bahamas. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Antoni is known for her unusual processes, using her body as both a tool and a source of meaning within the conceptual framework of her practice. Antoni’s early methods involved transforming unique materials such as chocolate and soap through habitual, everyday processes like bathing, eating and sleeping to create sculptural works and installations. By way of her body of work, Antoni carefully articulates her relationship to the world, giving rise to emotional states that are felt in and through the senses. In each piece, no matter the medium or image, a conveyed physicality is meant to speak directly to the viewer’s body.

Her work shows nationally and internationally. Antoni has exhibited at numerous major institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Magazsin 3 Handelshögskolan, Stockholm, Sweden; Haywood Gallery, London, UK; and Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany. She has also been represented in several international biennials and festivals such as the Whitney Biennial, New York, NY; Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa; Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea; Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey; S.I.T.E. Santa Fe Biennial, Santa Fe, NM; Project 1 Biennial, New Orleans, LA; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India; and documenta14, at the Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany. In 2016, Antoni collaborated with Anna Halprin and Stephen Petronio on Ally, an exhibition presented by The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, with major support from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. In 2019, Antoni collaborated again with Halprin, presenting a major solo exhibition, Paper Dance, at The Contemporary Austin, Texas. Most recently, Antoni was the subject of a solo show at The Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, for which she was commissioned to present a new body of work, I am fertile ground in the cemetery’s catacombs.

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Janine Antoni in collaboration with Anna Halprin
Paper Dance, 2013
Performance with brown paper
Rehearsal photographed by Pak Han at the Halprin Dance Deck

Antoni is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Artist Award in 1996, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1998, the Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculpture Award in 1998, the New Media Award, ICA Boston in 1999, the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999, an Artes Mundi, Wales International Visual Art Prize nomination in 2004, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2011, a Creative Capital Artist Grant in 2012, and Anonymous Was A Woman Grant in 2014.

Her work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany; Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

Monographs and publications of Antoni’s work include MOOR published by Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall and SITE Santa Fe; The Girl Made of Butter published by The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; and JANINE ANTONI published by Ink Tree Edition, Küsnacht, Switzerland.  Her most recent monograph, Ally: Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin, Stephen Petronio published by The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA and Hirmer Publishers, presents a series of remarkable artworks instigated by Antoni in her 2016 collaboration with dance-maker and community activist Anna Halprin and choreographer Stephen Petronio. The volume is edited by Adrian Heathfield and designed by David Caines. Stunning photographic documents of the performances and installations (first shown in 2016) are accompanied by critical reflections on the artists' oeuvres by Jacquelynn Baas, Carol Becker and Richard Move, alongside a fragmentary memoir from the prolific author Hélène Cixous navigating aging and loss.

Antoni currently resides in New York City.

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Janine Antoni
I open the gates, 2019
Mixed media gilded with 24 karat gold leaf
23 x 25 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches
(58.42 x 65.72 x 5.72 cm)
Commissioned by The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY
© Janine Antoni; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
Photo: Ralph Smith

Janine Antoni
I speak up, 2019
Mixed media gilded with 24 karat gold leaf
21 x 18 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches
(53.34 x 46.04 x 6.03 cm)
Commissioned by The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY
© Janine Antoni; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
Photo: Ralph Smith

Janine Antoni
I conjure up, 2019
Mixed media gilded with 24 karat gold leaf
14 1/8 x 16 1/4 x  1 1/8 inches
(35.88 x 41.28 x 2.86 cm)
Commissioned by The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.
© Janine Antoni; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
Photo: Christopher Burke

Janine Antoni
to long, 2015
Polyurethane resin
Edition of 3 and 1 aritst's proof
67 x 26 x 21 inches
(170.2 x 66.0 x 53.3 cm)

Janine Antoni
to twine, 2015
Polyurethane resin
Edition of 3 and 1 artist's proof
18 x 48 1/2 x 72 inches
(45.7 x 123.2 x 182.9 cm)

Janine Antoni
to channel, 2015
Polyurethane resin
Edition of 3 and 1 artist's proof
27 x 15 x 15 inches
(68.6 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)

Janine Antoni
Mary, 2013
Raku fired ceramic
Edition of 3 and 2 artist's proofs
6 1/2 x 13 inches
(16.51 x 33.02 cm)

Janine Antoni in collaboration with Anna Halprin
Paper Dance, 2013
Performance with brown paper
Rehearsal photographed by Pak Han at the Halprin Dance Deck

Janine Antoni
Crowned, 2013
Plaster molding with plaster pelvic bones
Dimensions variable, site-transferrable installation
Edition of 5 and 1 artist's proof 
Installation view Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, 2015

Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio
Honey Baby, 2013
Video still
Duration: 13 minutes, 58 seconds
Performer: Nick Sciscione, Videographer: Kirsten Johnson, Composer: Tom Laurie, Editor: Amanda Laws

Janine Antoni
Living set for Stephen Petronio Company's Like Lazarus Did, 2013
Performance documentation
Helicopter stretcher, urethane resin
Dimensions variable

Janine Antoni
Conduit, 2009
Copper sculpture with urine verdigris patina, framed digital c-print
Edition of 10 and 4 artist's proofs
Image size: 25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
Sculpture: 2 x 7 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches (5.1 x 18.42 x 5.72 cm)

Janine Antoni
Inhabit, 2009
Digital C-print
Edition of 3 and 2 artist's proofs
116 1/2 x 72 inches
(295.9 x 182.88 cm)

Janine Antoni
One another, 2008
Digital c-print
Edition of 10 and 4 artist's proofs
15 x 15 inches
(38.1 x 38.1 cm)

Janine Antoni
Tear, 2008
Lead, steel, HD video projection with surround sound
4,182 pound wrecking ball, 33 inches (83.8 cm) in diameter
Projection: 132 x 132 inches (335.3 x 335.3 cm)

Janine Antoni
To Draw a Line, 2003
4000 lbs of raw hemp fiber
120 feet of hand-made hemp rope spliced into 1200 feet of machine-made hemp rope
2 recycled steel reels
140 lead ingots with a total weight of 13,300 lbs
2 steel ramps with a 20° incline
4 steel and rubber laminated chocks
420 x 240 x 120 inches (1066.8 x 609.6 x 304.8 cm)

Janine Antoni
Touch, 2002
Video installation
Edition of 5 and 2 artist's proofs
Dimensions variable
Duration: 9 minutes, 37 seconds, looped

Janine Antoni
Moor, 2001
Mixed media installation, material provided by family and friends
Dimensions variable
Images courtesy of Magasin III

Janine Antoni
Saddle, 2000
Full raw hide, cast of artist's body
26 x 33 x 79 inches
(66.04 x 83.82 x 200.66 cm)

Janine Antoni
2038, 2000
C-print
Edition of 10
20 x 20 inches
(50.8 x 50.8 cm)

Janine Antoni
Mortar and Pestle, 1999
C-print
Edition of 10 and 2 artist's proofs
48 x 48 inches
(121.9 x 121.9 cm)

Janine Antoni
Butterfly Kisses, 1996-99
Cover Girl Thick Lash Mascara
32 1/4 x 32 1/4 inches
(81.92 x 81.92 cm)

Janine Antoni
and, 1996-99
2,800 lbs limestone boulders, steel rod
64 x 48 inches
(162.6 x 121.9 cm)

Janine Antoni
Ingrown, 1998
Color photograph
Edition of 8
18 x 16 inches
(45.72 x 40.64 cm)

Janine Antoni
Mom and Dad, 1994
Mother, Father, makeup, cibachrome triptych, artist's frames
Edition of 6 and 4 artist's proofs
Each image: 24 x 20 inches (60.96 x 52.8 cm)
Each framed: 30 x 34 inches (76.2 x 86.4 cm)

Janine Antoni
Eureka, 1993
Bathtub, lard, soap, Corian
Soap: 22 x 26 x 26 inches (55.88 x 66.04 x 66.04 cm)
Tub: 30 x 70 x 25 inches (76.2 x 177.8 x 63.5 cm)

Janine Antoni
Slumber, 1993
Performance with loom, yarn, bed, nightgown, EEG machine and artist's REM reading
Photographed by Ellen Labenski at Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, 1996
Dimensions variable

Janine Antoni
Lick and Lather, 1993
14 busts: 7 chocolate and 7 soap, 14 pedestals
Edition of 7 and 2 artist's proofs
Each: 24 x 16 x 13 inches (60.96 x 40.64 x 33.02 cm)

Janine Antoni
Loving Care, 1993
Performance with Loving Care Hair Dye Natural Black
Photographed by Prudence Cumming Associates at Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, 1993

Janine Antoni
Gnaw, 1992
600 lbs of chocolate and 600 lbs of lard gnawed by the artist
45 heart-shaped packages for chocolate made from chewed chocolate removed from the chocolate cube and 150 lipsticks made with pigment, beeswax and chewed lard removed from the lard cube

Contact

For more information, please contact Julia Speed at julia@luhringaugustine.com.

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