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DAN GRAHAM

B. 1942 in Urbana, Illinois, lives and works in New York.

For fifty years, Dan Graham has traced the symbiosis between architectural environments and their inhabitants. With a practice that encompasses curating, writing, performance, installation, video, photography and architecture, his analytical bent first came to attention with Homes for America (1966–67), a sequence of photos of suburban development in New Jersey, USA, accompanied by a text charting the economics of land use and the obsolescence of architecture and craftsmanship.

Graham’s critical engagement manifests most alluringly in the glass and mirrored pavilions, which have been realised in sites all over the world. These instruments of reflection – visual and cognitive – highlight the voyeuristic elements of design in the built world; poised between sculpture and architecture, they glean a sparseness from 1960s Minimalism, redolent of Graham’s emergence in New York in the 1960s alongside Sol Le Witt, Donald Judd and Robert Smithson.




Dan Graham
Video Projection Outside Home, 1978–1998
Architectural model, painted wood and plastic
22.9 x 50.8 x 77.2 cm
Edition 1/3, 0 APs
(DG.086.1)


Dan Graham has participated in numerous international exhibitions worldwide. Recently he had solo exhibitions at Sirius Arts Centre, County Cork, Ireland (2018); the Red Brick Museum, Beijing, China (2017); The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio (2016); The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia (2016); Centre d’art de la Cité Radieuse, MAMO, Marseille, France (2015); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2014); Espace d’Art Contemporain et Musee des Beaux-Arts, La Rochelle, France (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California / Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2009); Portikus, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (2009); Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2001); Kunstwerke Berlin, Berlin, Germany (1999). Selected group exhibitions include Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria (2016); Fundacion Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico (2016); J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center Los Angeles, CA (2016); MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany (2015); Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy (2014); Mudam Luxembourg (2011); the Venice Biennale (2005, 2003); Skulptur Projekte Münster, Germany (1997) and documenta X, Kassel (1997).

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