Lynn Cooke

Lynn Cooke

Together with her close friends Sol LeWitt and Lawrence Weiner, Hanne Darboven created for herself an indelible place in the annals of Conceptual art. Through the large scale installation pieces she made, plus her many books, and music, her seminal contribution to the art of the twentieth century has been widely acknowledged. Time, in its many guises was her abiding subject; her forms multiple: the material she worked with ranged from literature, to historical texts, found objects, printed matter and much else. Resolutely refusing to account for her intentions or meaning, she welcomed interpretations from all who encountered with her magisterial works, whether historians, scholars, cultural critics, musicians or a lay public, for her work speaks through visual and verbal languages both popular and erudite.

Lynne Cooke was appointed Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid in 2008. She was co-curator of the 1991 Carnegie International, Artistic Director of the 1996 Sydney Biennale, and curator at Dia Art Foundation from 1991 to 2009. She has been on the faculty for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in addition to teaching as a visiting scholar in the Graduate Fine Art departments of several universities. Among her numerous publications are recent essays on the works of Francis Alÿs, Richard Serra, Agnes Martin, Josiah McElheny, Zoe Leonard, Juan Muñoz and Thomas Schütte.