RIP VITO

Conceptual artist and architect Vito Acconci passes away at 77

Architecture Art International
Conceptual artist and architect Vito Acconci passes away at 77. (Via Art.sy)
Conceptual artist and architect Vito Acconci passes away at 77. (Via Art.sy)

Bronx-born and Brooklyn-based conceptual and artist and architect Vito Acconci has passed away at the age of 77. He is best known for his seminal performance art and for designing the Storefront for Art and Architecture with Steven Holl in downtown Manhattan.

Storefront for Art and Architecture. (Courtesy Steven Holl)

Acconci also taught at Pratt in the architecture program and took up architecture late in his career. He founded a Brooklyn practice called Acconci Studio, where he completed the Murinsel – Futuristic Artificial Island on the River Mur in Graz, Austria.

Maria Acconci, his widow, has released this statement: “It is with heart-break I share the news that the world lost Vito Acconci today. He was voracious in his genius and the indelible mark he has left on the world has no boundaries. His work and archives will live on as we plan a place for his generative art, architecture, design, and performance to keep living like a mobius strip—a future only Vito could have visualized.”

The news of his passing was originally reported by collector Kenny Schachter on Instagram. A full obituary will follow.

Murinsel – Futuristic Artificial Island in River Mur, designed by Vito Acconci, Graz, Austria.
(Petr Svarc)

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