Agnes Denes (born 1931) is a Hungarian-born American conceptual artist based in New York. She is known for works in a wide range of media - from poetry and philosophy writings, to complex hand and computer rendered diagrams (which she terms Visual Philosophy), sculpture, and international environmental installations, such as Wheatfield -- A Confrontation (1982), a two-acre wheatfield in downtown Manhattan.
Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1931, her family survived the Nazi occupation and moved to Sweden in the mid-1940s. As a teenager, they relocated again to the United States. She studied painting at the New School and Columbia University in New York, and exhibited and sold some of her work. Denes soon abandoned painting, due to the constraints of the canvas, and focused broadly on ideas she could explore in other mediums. She has since participated in more than 450 exhibitions at galleries and museums throughout the world, and has written six books. Her work is in various public collections, including the Museum of Moder Art who owns 14 of her works; the Metropolitan Museu, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has received four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; four grants from the New York State Council on the Arts; The DAAD Fellowship, Berlin, Germany (1978); American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award (1985); Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT (1990); Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome (1998); Jill Watson Award for Transdisciplinary Achievement in the Arts from Carnegie Mellon University (1999); Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2007); Ambassador’s Award for Cultural Diplomacy (2008) from the American Embassy in Hungary.
A huge manmade mountain measuring 420 meters long, 270 meters wide, 38 meters high and elliptical in shape was planted with eleven thousand trees by eleven thousand people from all over the world at the Pinziö gravel pits near Ylöjärvi, Finland, as part of a massive earthwork and land reclamation project by environmental artist Agnes Denes.