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Exhibitions — 2015

Nancy Holt


9 October – 21 November 2015


Press Release (PDF)

Selected Works


Full Biography (PDF)

Nancy Holt (1938-2014) was a key member of the Earth, Land and Conceptual art movements and a pioneer of both site-specific installation and film and video work. Holt is best known for her iconic work Sun Tunnels (1973-76) located in the Great Basin Desert, Utah, but worked in many media, including concrete poetry, audio, video, photographs, site-specific installations, artist’s books, and major public sculpture commissions.


Nancy Holt’s work has been exhibited internationally since 1970. She showed at major museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Modern, London, Hayward Gallery, London, Musée d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Kunsthallen Brandts, Centro de Cultura Contemporania, Barcelona, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hirschorn Museum, Washington. Her work is held in important public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, MoMA, New York, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen. Works by Holt are permanently installed at the University of South Florida, Tampa; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; Rosslyn, Virginia; Miami University Art Museum, Ohio; Toronto, Ontario and in Avignon, France and Nokia, Finland, amongst others.


In 2010-12 a retrospective exhibition, Nancy Holt: Sightlines travelled from the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, to venues in Karlsruhe, Boston, Chicago, Santa Fe and Salt Lake City. The exhibition was accompanied by a major monograph published by the University of California Press. Other notable recent exhibitions include Nancy Holt: Photoworks, Haunch of Venison, London (2012), Nancy Holt: Land Art, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2013) and Nancy Holt: Selected Film and Photo Works, at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013). In addition her work was recently included in major survey exhibitions including Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012-13) and Light Show at the Hayward Gallery, London (2013).


In 2012 Nancy Holt was made a Chevalier of the of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. In 2013 she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Sculpture Center in New York. She passed away in early 2014.

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