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Feeding the Spirit of Adventure: A Conversation with Nicholas de Oliveira and Nicola Oxley
by Robert Preece

No research on installation art is complete without a conversation with Nicolas de Oliveira and Nicola Oxley. As founding directors of London’s Museum of Installation (MoI, 1990–2005), an influential nonprofit exhibition space, and authors of the equally influential books, Installation Art (1994) and Installation Art in the New Millennium (2003), their impact is well known. However, their curatorial activities outside of London in Latin America and last summer in northern Greece are not so familiar. “Scarecrow,” which was installed in the Averoff Foundation in Metsovo, Greece, explored ideas of fear in contemporary life and featured works by 61 international contemporary artists. Indoor works were shown in the foundation’s 6,000-square-foot space, while 12 outdoor works were presented in a vineyard adjacent to the ancient St. Nicolas monastery.

Adrian Scrivener, Fall, Paper, dimensions variable,
view of work as installed at Diorama.

Robert Preece is a Contributing Editor of Sculpture magazine and Editor of Art Design Publicity magazine [].

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