Architect and Artist Vito Acconci dies at 77


Acconci died 27th April 2017, aged 77.

Vito Acconci, whose provocative works range from an artificial island to a performance involving masturbation, died at age 77.

The artist and architect based in Brooklyn died on April 27, 2017. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Art Agency Partners, who worked closely with Acconci and his studio, honored him as "one of the great artists, architects and creators of the post-pop era."

"Subversive, shocking and truly unique, he was one of the most inventive artists to emerge during the radical period between the late 1960s and the mid-1970s," the agency said in a statement released on his site.


Born January 24, 1940, Acconci was best known for his famous performance piece of 1972, Seedbed, who saw him hiding under a ramp in Sonnabend Gallery in New York, fantastically and masturbating verbally in response to gallery visitors Who pass it.

His other controversial art projects included After Piece (1969), for which he attracted people around New York City and Trademarks (1970), which involved pricing and documenting the process.

Acconci then moved to architecture and design, establishing his firm Acconci Studio in 1988.

He has worked on many landscape projects, including Walkways Through the Wall (1998) at the Midwest Airlines Center in Wisconsin, USA, and Island in the Mur (2003), an artificial island in Graz, Austria.

Acconci described this project, which was created when Graz was the European cultural capital, as "probably the project closest to architecture" in his work.

He also collaborated with architect Steven Holl on an adaptable façade for Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York (1992) and designed the United Bamboo fashion boutique in Tokyo (2003).

In 2012, he was appointed designer of the year of Miami. As a result, he designed an elaborate playground for the Miami Design District - although the project has still not been realized.

MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York, presented a retrospective of Acconci's early work last year.

"Acconci's creativity was rough and his work straddled poetry, performance, sculpture, design and architecture," said Art Agency Partners.

"He has recently begun to be fully understood, and the body failure of Acconci, an artist whose work involved the body and its failures, is too early," he concluded.