Eleanor Antin

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Conceptual Artist
Date of Birth February 27, 1935
Place of Birth New York
Age 85 years old
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Eleanor Antin is an American performance artist, film-maker, installation artist, conceptual artist and feminist artist.

Born: Eleanor Fineman, 27, 1935, Bronx, New York
Nationality: American
Spouse(s): David Antin, 1 child
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About Eleanor Antin

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.


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.

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