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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 15 November 1948, in Des Moines (Iowa).

Environmental artist, video artist, installation artist.

Dennis Adams lives and works in New York and Berlin. Adams' work focuses on the relationship between architecture and images taken from political literature. He creates architectural environments that act as frameworks for text, photographs and other images. These environments, which are either temporary or permanent, are public places. The series of ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 20 January 1951, in Paris.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, illustrator.

Agid began his studies in 1970-1971 by taking one course of teaching and research on the environment. He studied architecture between 1971 and 1976, before registering in fine arts at the Université de Paris VIII....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 21 July 1948, in Toulon.

Sculptor, environmental artist, assemblage artist.

Jean Allemand is one of the co-founders of the Space group. He has lived and worked in Paris since 1967. He creates environments by assembling geometric structures.

Allemand has participated in collective exhibitions in Paris: since ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 20 November 1946, in Harrisburg (Pennsylvania).

Sculptor, draughtswoman, multimedia artist.

Land Art.

Alice Aycock studied at Rutgers University (Douglass College), New Brunswick, NJ, receiving a BA in 1968, when she moved to New York. She obtained an MA from Hunter College in ...

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Banksy  

British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Graffiti art, street art, political art.

Banksy is an anonymous English street artist who emerged in the art world in the early 1990s. Originally a freehand graffiti artist, he transitioned to using stencils by the early 2000s. Satirical and political in nature, his works typically depict rats, children, celebrity figures, policemen, and apes to who address issues of capitalism, urban decay, war, consumer culture, greed, and corruption. He usually works illegally, painting directly onto the facades of buildings and other structures....

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1958, in Dijon.

Painter, environmental artist.

Having given up a career as a primary school teacher, Cécile Bart graduated with a diploma from the École des Beaux-Arts in Dijon. She lives and works in Marsannay-la-Côte in Burgundy. In 2003...

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South African, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1956, in Kitwe, Zambia.

Painter, sculptor, printmaker, video artist, land artist, watercolourist, curator.

Clive van den Berg came to South Africa in 1966, and trained at the University of Natal. He taught fine arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg ...

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British, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1963, in England.

Book artist, printmaker, graphic designer, installation artist, art director, writer, educator. Community art, environmental art.

After a Foundation course at Lanchester Polytechnic, Lanchester (1981–1982), Les Bicknell studied graphic design at the London College of Printing (...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Antwerp.

Born 1946, in Antwerp.

Installation artist.

Neo-Conceptual Art.

Guillaume Bijl did his first installation in 1979. In his installations, he recreates the functional environments of the world of work, setting up incongruities in contrast with the artistic domain they are presented in. An artificial sun-tanning salon is perfectly recreated with a bike and blue neons, a 'found sculpture' is a polling booth or an ensemble of four street lamps around a tub of flowers - a perfect example of street furniture. Bijl's work might be construed as a critique of the art of the object based on the simple technique of displacement of context....

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Swedish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1957, in Stockholm.

Painter (mixed media).

Ernst Billgren studied at the Valand art academy (1982-1987). HIs paintings are presented with a flourish not dissimilar to Pop Art practices, the complexity of which adds a theatrical, distancing dimension. He has had many solo exhibitions in Sweden, and has participated in collective exhibitions in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Brasil and Mexico....

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1967, in Glasgow.

Sculptor, installation artist.

Martin Boyce studied in the Environmental Art Department at Glasgow School of Art from 1986 to 1990. He completed an MFA there in 1997. In 1991 he participated in the seminal Windfall exhibition which served as an important catalyst for drawing attention to Glasgow as a major centre for conceptual art....

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1965, in Glasgow.

Video artist, multimedia artist.

Roderick Buchanan studied Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art and completed an MA in Fine Arts at the University of Ulster. He lives and works in Glasgow.

In his videos, installations, screen projections, sculptures and photographs, Buchanan takes his hometown of Glasgow as a vantage point from which to explore global issues of national, social, cultural and religious identity. Glasgow has a long history of sectarian tension that is reflected in the rivalry between the city's two major football clubs, Celtic and Rangers. In works such as ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1958.

Sculptor, installation artist, assemblage artist, environmental artist.

Bernard Calet lives and works in Tours. His sculpture - 'assemblies', 'installations' or 'environments' - is clearly anchored in architecture; its principal components are tiled floors, steps, bull's-eye windows, and so on. On occasion, he integrates dull metallic mirror surfaces, notably in the form of steps. Significantly, these 'mirrors' - typically made from tin foil or matt photographic paper - distort and dissipate rather than reflect. This imparts a decided ambiguity to his work, articulating paradoxes and ambiguities rather than holding a mirror up to reality....

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 13 June 1962, in Paris.

Painter. Interiors with figures, gardens, still-lifes, fruit.

The daughter of Michel Couchat, Domitille Couchat paints her immediate environment - her study, simple everyday objects such as a garden chair or a night table, a luncheon scene, fruit and so on, all rendered in a range of muted colours....

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sculptor, environmental artist, installation artist.

Land Art. Eco Art.

Chris Drury studied at Camberwell School of Art from 1966 to 1970. He works with nature to create original forms such as cones, tumuli, sheafs, bundles and fungi....

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Canadian, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1937, in Marquette (Manitoba).

Sculptor, mixed-media artist. Fabric art, environmental art.

Aganetha Dyck is best known for her sculptural work that involves a long-term collaboration with bees. Dyck places ready-made items in beehives, often repeatedly, and the bees build honeycombs onto the surfaces of these objects. An early example is her series ...

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Danish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Germany.

Born 1967, in Copenhagen, to Icelandic parents.

Installation artist, environmental artist, photographer.

From 1989 to 1995 Olafur Eliasson attended the Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi in Copenhagen. He lives and works in Berlin. He designs and makes installations and environments with the help of very simple, ephemeral materials, and his works themselves are ephemeral. He manipulates light, heat, humidity, steam and ice to create artificial settings: a rainbow entitled ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 26 February 1949, in Lemé (Aisne).

Environmental artist.

Pascal Fancony studied at the Écoles des Beaux-Arts in Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Rheims and St-Étienne. In his work, he lays claim to space and the environment by occupying it. Most often, he uses long, multicoloured twill ribbons to create large, hanging curtains....

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Liège.

Painter, engraver, sculptor.

Fernand Flausch attended the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Liège. One of his aims is to incorporate art into the environment and notable among his works are the ceiling of the Opéra in Liege (...

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American, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1944, in New York.

Sculptor, draughtsman, photographer, painter, installation.

Land Art, Environmental Art.

Richard Fleischner graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in 1966 and an MFA in 1968, both degrees focusing on sculpture. During the 1970s and 1980s, Fleischner became a leading figure in environmental art....