Keith Sonnier

Neon Wrapping Incandescent, 1969

Neon and incandescent bulbs
H 87 x 46 x 20 inches, Unique
Demi-Lune, 1968

Fabric, neon, brass screen, incandescent light bulb, poreclain fixture, transformer and electrical wire
H 108 x 53 x 7 inches, Unique
Lit Circle Red with Flutex, 1970

Glass, neon, flutex glass, transformer and electrical wire
H 59.5 x 60 x 8 inches x 5 feet, Unique

b. Mamou, LA, USA, 31 July 1941. Lives and works in New York, USA

 

Keith Sonnier is a post-Minimalist American artist. Starting out in New York in the mid-1960s, he completely reinvented sculpture, revamping traditionally used materials and techniques to experiment with new forms. Despite sharing a desire for anti-illusionist sculpture with Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, and Sol LeWitt, from the outset, Sonnier’s works were imbued with a more narrative, literary quality than those of the Minimalist artists. In 1968, Sonnier became one of the first artists to explore the effects of light in his work by making and incorporating curved fluorescent lights to initiate a dialogue between the works and their surroundings.


Since the 1980s, he has received around twenty public commissions. Moreover, numerous exhibitions have been dedicated to his work, notably at the Pompidou Centre in Paris in 1979, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC in 1989, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin in 2003, and, more recently, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, in 2018. His works are featured in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA in New York, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, and MOCA in Los Angeles to name but a few.



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KEITH SONNIER - DIS PLAY II - THE DAN FLAVIN ART INSTITUTE, BRIDGEHAMPTON, USA

INSTITUTION

07.01.2018 - 05.26.2019

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KEITH SONNIER - UNTIL TODAY - PARRISH ART MUSEUM, WATER MILL, USA

INSTITUTION

07.01.2018 - 01.27.2019

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KEITH SONNIER - LIGHT WORKS - WHITECHAPEL GALLERY - LONDON

INSTITUTION

06.10.2016 - 09.11.2016


Press

Rencontre avec Keith Sonnier, Lumière sur la Louisianne

Le Figaro.fr

Rencontre avec Keith Sonnier, Lumière sur la Louisianne

16.06.2015