According to Star Tribune gossip columnist CJ, Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh stopped by the Walker to see the Frida Kahlo show yesterday, but got sucked in by Tino Seghal‘s work in the Medtronic Gallery. After the requisite wardrobe check (Oh was wearing knee-high leather boots), CJ continues:
…A Walker insider told me that Oh saw a lot of art but was particularly excited about Sehgal, formerly an artist-in-residence at Walker, because she knew who he was.
Sehgal specializes in something called “constructed situations.” He uses people at part of his art work, a conception of art that goes beyond its own materiality, it says at walkerart.org, which also noted that “Over the past seven years he has been known for making art without actually making any objects.”
Another unusual aspect of Sehgal’s interactive work was written about in a November New York Times piece by Anne Midgette.
The art of Sehgal, born in London and now living in Berlin, is “completely immaterial,” wrote Midgette. It “can be bought and sold without involving any objects whatsoever. His work is specifically conceived to function within the art world’s conventions; it is lent and exhibited, bought and sold. It is sold, in fact –now that Mr. Sehgal is becoming a star in Europe — for five-figure sums. The only stipulation is that his pieces cannot involve the transformation of any material, in any way. No written instructions, no bill of sale (purchases are conducted orally, in the presence of a notary), no catalogs and (to the dismay of photo editors in the art press) no pictures.”
I’m going to go out on a limb here and speculate that Oh appreciates Seghal’s quirkiness along with his art.