Marina Abramović

Marina Abramovic, born in 1946 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, is one of the most enduring artists of our time. She began her career in the early 1970s when she attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, and after formative explorations in painting, drawing, text, and sound art, she pioneered the use of performance as an art form.. As a vital member of the generation of seminal performance artists that includes Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, and Chris Burden, Abramovic created some of the most well regarded early performance art pieces and is the only artist of her generation still making important works of long durational performance.

The body has always been both Abramovic’s subject and medium. Exploring the physical and mental limits of her being—from her earliest pieces such as Rhythm 5(1974), where she lay in the center of a burning 5-point star to the point of losing consciousness, to The Artist Is Present (2010), where for three months she spent eight to ten hours per day sitting motionless, engaged in silent eye-contact with hundreds of strangers one by one.