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Roni Horn is an artist's artist admired by Donald Judd and now a K-pop star

28 Apr 2023

Untitled (“The tiniest piece of mirror is always the whole mirror”) (2022). Copyright and courtesy **the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Roni Horn is on HENI News’ radar as her survey show opens in Spain and a K-pop star revealed his love of the US artist’s solid-glass sculptures.

Horn's HENI Score—a unique artist sentiment index—increased by an impressive 149%, as her solo show takes place at the Centro Botín in northern Spain.

An artist’s artist, among her fans is RM, the leader of the K-pop group BTS. ARTnews reported the South Korean musician and art collector is the proud owner of one of Horn’s solid glass cylindrical work, Untitled (But the boomerang that returns is not the same one I threw) (2013–17).

To find out more about Roni Horn and gain a greater insight into her market, see her HENI Dashboard, a special feature of HENI News.

Over the past two years, Horn's auction sales have totaled $823,900. A sculptural piece, Pairs Object 3 (1990), sold for $157,300 at Sotheby's Online, surpassing the expected price. Still Water (The River Thames, For Example), a complete set of 15 lithographs printed in 1999, sold for $378,000 at Sotheby’s, more than three times its upper estimate. A work on paper, THI XXI (1988), sold for $25,200 at Christie's in New York.

At major art fairs the artist’s sculptures have regularly been on offer for up to $1m at Hauser & Wirth and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, which both represent the artist. RM purchased his work by Horn from the Belgian dealer for a reported $1.2m.

Born in New York in 1955, Horn studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. She creates sculptures, installations, drawings, and also uses texts and photography in her work. Her art often focuses on the idea of identity and the fluidity of perception and pieces strike a delicate balance of precision and intuition, the organic and the geometric.

As a young artist in the mid-1980s, Horn received a telephone call from fellow artist Donald Judd. He asked her to come down from New York to Marfa, Texas, to assist in the installation of her work Pair Object VII: (For a Here and a There), which is still one of the few works by a female artist at Chinati, the former army base Judd transformed into a vast art museum.

Horn told MoMA curator Ann Temkin: “We placed these objects using a forklift and that gave me the opportunity to really get the positioning correct. I was happy with the installation and I thought, even if he doesn’t build a building [as he planned], this is fun. You can leave it here. If Don had lived, maybe those buildings would have been built for the entire series of 'Things That Happen Again'.”