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Monday, March 15, 2010
Marina Abramović, “The Artist is Present”
Right now Yugoslavian-born artist Marina Abramovic is seated, silent and motionless, at a wooden table in the Museum of Modern Art's second-floor atrium. She will remain in this position until May 31st for a total duration of 700 hours, marking her most ambitious endurance test to date. Unlike 2002's The House with the Ocean View, which required Abramovic's to live in Sean Kelly Gallery for 12 days without eating, drinking or sleeping. The Artist is Present allows her to leave every evening upon the museum's closing. But this trial of resolve is no less physically demanding than the Kelly performance, especially considering the artist's current age of 63. It is no less daring than Rhythm 0 (1974), when the artist invited her audience to use an assortment of 72 objects on her as she remained silent and passive for six hours, which resulted in her being stripped naked, cut with razor blades and threatened with a loaded gun held to her head.