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