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Roni Horn, Artist

Ms. Horn received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in 1975, also the year of her first visit to Iceland. With no set plan, almost at random Iceland became Horn’s first venture outside the United States. In 1978 she graduated with an M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale School of Art. She was awarded the Alice Kimball Traveling Fellowship from Yale. It was used to return to Iceland for an extended journey by motorcycle. Over the years her mostly solitary experiences in the more remote landscapes of Iceland have become an important influence in her life and work. In 1982 she spent two months in a lighthouse in Southwestern Iceland where she produced the Bluff Life drawings and Untitled (Dyrhólaey) series now in the collections of MOMA, NY and Kunstmuseum Basel, respectively. Her earliest work is conceptually based sculpture. Literature has been a strong influence as well which is especially evident in the sculpture. Emily Dickinson (Key and Cues, 1994-2004), Clarice Lispector (Rings of Lispector (Agua Viva), 2004) and Flannery O’Connor (Her Eyes, 1999/2006) are prominent among them. Some of Horn’s most important solo museum shows are Kunsthalle Basel and Kunst Museum Basel, 1995, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, 1998; Musée d Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris 1999; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, 2000; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, 2000; DIA Center for the Arts, NY 2001; Centre Pompidou, Paris 2003; Art Institute of Chicago, 2004. In 2009 Tate Modern, London showed a retrospective, Roni Horn aka Roni Horn of Ms. Horn’s work, which traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY in 2010. Most recent large-scale exhibitions include Kunsthalle Bregenz, 2010 and Kunsthalle Hamburg, 2011. She has also received numerous awards including 3 NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990 and the Alpert Award in 1998. Ms. Horn was appointed critic in photography at Yale in 2011.

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