In 2010, performance artist Marina Abramovic's retrospective exhibit "The Artist is Present" at New York's MoMa spanned over four decades of her prolific career.
She also staged an original work, a solo piece during which she sat in a chair at a table, facing museum visitors in silence.
Essentially, it’s a solo version of 'Nightsea Crossing,'" the New York Times described, comparing the piece with a duo piece she once performed with her fellow artist and one-time lover Ulay, "with Ms. Abramovic sitting silent at a table in the museum’s atrium, facing an empty chair. She’s scheduled to sit there all day, every day, during museum hours, for the run of her show. The museum estimates that, if she can stick to the plan, she will sit for 716 hours and 30 minutes, earning her a record for endurance in the performance art sweepstakes."
As visitors sat in complete silence in the chair opposite her, Abramovic would raise her head and look them in the eye for one minute, bringing someRead More »from ‘The Artist is Present’: Performance piece reunites two artists