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The Ghost of Nautilus: The Soul of an Image, Agnes Denes
Archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310 gsm paper
11.5" x 15". Edition of 55

$1100
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ArtTable is excited to announce the launch of our inaugural ArtTable Edition with the sale of renowned artist Agnes Denes' "The Ghost of Nautilus: The Soul of an Image" produced exclusively for ArtTable members.

One of the most prominent female artists of our time, Agnes Denes’ incredibly varied body of work seems to be more relevant now than ever, giving visual form to the synergies between art, science, mathematics, and environmental concerns. This work, printed exclusively for ArtTable, re-imagines of one of Denes’ most iconic forms, a snail shaped nautilus spiraling delicately through space, as an ode to "The Nautilus", a destroyed amphitheater designed by Denes. Unlike Denes' earlier, idealistic depictions of thenautilus shape, such as her "Snail Pyramid" (seen on the right) in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the dark background and shimmering lines of "The Ghost of Nautilus: The Soul of an Image" tell a different story - one of a vision unrealized. Denes' work is housed in over 40 public collections across the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Musee National D'Art Modern Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; and the Kunsthalle, Nurnberg, Germany.

Purchase your print today to support ArtTable's ongoing mission of supporting the leadership and diversity of professional women in the visual arts, and to acquire a work by one of the leading female artists of our generation. 

About the Work
 
This work relates to both my "Map Projections" and the "Pyramid Series" projects, namely "Map Projections: The Snail and the Snail Pyramid", which is a self-contained, self-supporting structure for humanity from Future Cities, a series of design concepts that I created in the 1980s to address the effects of global warming. It also is an ode to a destroyed work of mine, a 100 x 129 foot amphitheater, the "Nautilus", I was building in Connecticut, that the people in charge midway through its construction went ahead and dismantled with questionable excuses. The "Map Projections" series plays with our space in the solar system; the "Snail Pyramid" is a wondrous edifice to help support humanity in the age of weather changes and global warming; "The Ghost of Nautilus" reflects on a beautiful project destroyed before it could be born to bring pleasure to people. "The Ghost of Nautilus: The Soul of an Image", is rich with meaning and connotations.
 
 -©Agnes Denes, 2014
 
This archival inkjet print has been produced by master printer Erik Hougen at the Lower East Side Print Shop with the assistance of the Print Shop's Executive Director, and ArtTable member, Dusica Kirjakovic.

About the Artist
For the last forty five years, Agnes Denes has explored the complex relationship between humanity and nature in multifaceted writings and artworks that draw on philosophy, mathematics, ecology, history and literature. The questions she asks about human responsibility for the planet's ecological well being and the models she explores for sustainable human society become ever more relevant as we careen toward environmental disaster. As a pioneer of the environmental art movement, Denes remains unflagging in her efforts to inspire and influence a new generation of ecologically minded artists.
 
-Eleanor Heartney, Contributing Editor, Art in America; February, 2014 
 
 
Agnes Denes is an American artist/scholar of international renown. She was recently featured in a book “Eco-Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World.” One of the originators of conceptual art, Denes has investigated the physical and social sciences, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, art history, poetry and music and transformed her explorations into unique works of visual art. Denes was one of the first artists to be involved with the relationship of science to art, and was also a pioneer of ecological art. One of the first artists to initiate the environmental art movement, her work involves ecological, cultural and social issues, and is often monumental in scale. Perhaps best known for "Wheatfield—A Confrontation" (1982), a two-acre wheat field she planted and harvested in downtown Manhattan, a work that addresses human values and misplaced priorities. In 1996 she completed "Tree Mountain—A Living Time Capsule in Finland", a massive earthwork and reclamation project that reaches four hundred years into the future to benefit future generations with a meaningful legacy. In l998 she planted a forest of 6000 trees in Melbourne Australia and is presently creating a 25-year masterplan for a 85-km area in the center of the Netherlands.
 
 
Agnes Denes has had 500 solo and group exhibitions on four continents. Denes' most recent group exhibition Quiet Earth (2013) was presented by Ballroom Marfa as part of Marfa Dialogues/New York, and featured her large scale sculptures "Pyramids of Conscience". in 2013, Denes' work was also featured in Things of Their Own Making, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Saint Louis, Missouri; Imprints, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York; As Exciting As We Can Make It: Ikon in the 1980s, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK; SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas – Unsettled Landscapes, SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico; EXPO 1: Rio, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Beyond Earth Art – Contemporary Artists and the Environment, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Click here to learn more about Denes.

 
Agnes Denes is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Gallery
 
Thank you to Heather Bhandari, Heidi Lee-Komaromi, Gracie Mansion, Joyce Pomeroy-Schwartz and Jessica Porter for their assistance with this initiative.