The term installation was coined in the 1970s to describe artwork that of any form or size that inhabits a space inside or outside a gallery, which is often site-specific.

Installations are typically three-dimensional and can be made up by a variety of material and medium. They can be indefinite or temporary and viewers can find themselves walking around a piece, contemplating it from a distance or immersing themselves in the space of the work itself.

It is common for installations to be specially commissioned for sites.  If someone is interested in buying a site-specific installation an artist may be willing to adapt the original for a new setting or create a similar piece.

I was actually pleased to have the housekeeper move out and be replaced by Jason Rhoades and Matthew Barney.

Norah Stone Collector, San Franciscon

Owning Art: The Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook by Louisa Buck and Judith Greer, Cultureshock Media, 2006

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