Eleanor Antin

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27, 1935
New York
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27, 1935 (age 86)
New York


Multimedia conceptual artist whose best-known works included "100 Boots," "Carving: A Traditional Sculpture," and "The Eight Temptations," the latter two being from 1972.

Before Fame

She studied art, writing, and acting in New York City and later taught at the University of California, San Diego. She and Ossie Davis performed a staged reading together at the first NAACP convention.


Her socially-themed work "Representational Painting" was made up of video recordings in which she applied and re-applied makeup in order to try to find the right face to present to the world.

Family Life

She was born into a Polish Jewish family who came to the United States shortly before she was born. She married the writer and critic David Antin in 1961. She and Antin met at City College.

Associated With

Her "Blood of a Poet Box" included a collection of blood samples from 100 poets and was inspired by Jean Cocteau's film "Le Sang d'un Poète" or "The Blood of a Poet" from 1930.