Lisson Gallery

Estate of Channa Horwitz

Born in Los Angeles, where she lived and worked for her entire life, Channa Horwitz (1932–2013) studied graphic design in the early 1950s at Art Center College of Design and Fine Art at Cal State Northridge in the early 1960s. In 1972 she received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. There she studied with more well-known peers John Baldessari and Allan Kaprow, participating in some of Kaprow’s notorious ‘Happenings’ and creating her own. Now regarded as an important proponent of Conceptual Art and West Coast Minimalism alongside Mary Corse, John McCracken and others, Horwitz only received art world endorsement much later in life, when she was included in the Whitney Biennial (2014) and the Venice Biennale (2013) in the year of her death, aged 80. 

Horwitz’s work is currently the subject of a solo exhibition, ‘El Factor Ocho (Factor of Eight)’, at MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León), Spain, until 26 May 2019. Prior to this, Horwitz’s work was the subject of solo exhibitions including: 'Progressions and Rhythms of Eight', Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2018); Raven Row, London, UK (2016); Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary art, Berlin, Germany (2015) and Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam, Germany (2009) among others. Her work has been included in major group exhibitions such as ‘Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959-1989’ at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA (2018), as well as others staged at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2016); Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil (2015); Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland (2015); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, USA (2015); 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2014); the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy (2013); Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2013); Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2012) and Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany (2012) among others. Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA; Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, USA; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA, among others. Horwitz received an Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1978, and was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship Grant in 2013.

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Time structure composition III Sonakinatography I, 1970
Casein on graph paper 21.5 x 20.9 cm / 8 1/2 x 8 1/4 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
8, 1979
Lithograph Closed: 55.9 x 52.1 cm / 22 x 20 1/2 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Sonakinatography – “Le Circle Variation #2, 1974
Ink on graph paper 60.9 x 88.9 cm 24 x 35 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Sonakinatography Compostition # 9 0 To the Top diminished, 2011
Casein on mylar 50.8 x 34.9 cm 20 x 13 3/4 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Unfinished Canon, 2011
Ink and coloured pencil on velum 75 x 103.5 cm / 29 1/2 x 40 3/4 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Language Series Working drawings - color with orange grid, 2004-2005
Colored pencil on graph paper 21.6 x 27.9 cm / 8 1/2 x 11 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Language Series #18, 2003-2004
Casein on paper board 25.4 x 38.1 cm / 10 x 15 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Language Series #4, 2003-2004
Casein on paper board 25.4 x 27.9 cm / 10 x 10 7/8 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Canon 2, 1982
Ink on mylar 66 x 86.3 cm / 25 7/8 x 33 7/8 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Slices #1, 1976
Coloured pencil on paper Framed: 45.7 x 116.8 cm / Framed: 18 x 46 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Moire and different angles #16, 1983
Ink on mylar 55.8 x 81.2 cm / 21 7/8 x 31 7/8 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Rhythm of Lines, 6-7, 1988
Casein and 23 karat gold leaf of mylar 76.2 x 101.6 cm / 30 x 40 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Square to the Cube curved, 1974
Ink on graph paper 46.5 x 56 cm / 18 1/4 x 22 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Four Levels, 1974-1977
Ink on paper Framed: 102.9 x 497.8 cm / 40 1/2 x 196 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Variation and Inversion on a Rhythm l, 1976
Ink on blue graph paper 64 drawings, framed: 43.2 x 54.6 cm / 17 x 21 1/2 in (each)

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Variation and Inversion on a Rhythm V, 1976
Ink on paper 120 drawings, framed: 22.9 x 27.9 cm / 9 x 11 in (each)

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Canon 10, 1983
Casein on mylar Framed: 61 x 66 cm / 24 x 26 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Canon Fragment, c. 2011
Ink on mylar 22.8 x 39.7 cm / 8 7/8 x 15 5/8 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Untitled (Canon Diamond), 1981
Casein on mylar 45.5 x 51 cm / 17 7/8 x 20 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Rhythm of Lines, 1983
Casein, ink, and pencil on graph mylar 20.3 x 53.3 cm / 8 x 21 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
8 Part Fugue II, 1981
Ink on mylar 45.1 x 243.8 cm / 17 3/4 x 96 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Time structure composition III Sonakinatography I (detail), 1970
Casein on graph paper 21.5 x 20.9 cm / 8 1/2 x 8 1/4 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
To The Top Large To Small #1, 1980/1985
Ink on mylar 4 drawings, framed: 55.9 x 61 cm / 22 x 24 in (each)

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Untitled (Slices Structure), 1976
Ink on graph mylar Framed: 38.1 x 38.1 cm / 15 x 15 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
& Then There Were None (Sonakinatography Composition #5), 1980
Ink on mylar Framed: 73.5 x 78.5 x 3.2 cm / 28 7/8 x 30 7/8 x 1 1/4 in

Estate of Channa Horwitz
Working Drawing for Canon (Crescendo), 1987
Pencil and ink on graph mylar Framed: 69.6 x 124.6 x 3.3 cm / 27 3/8 x 49 x 1 1/4 in

Exhibitions

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    Channa Horwitz: Rules of the Game

    15 March – 4 May 2019

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    Channa Horwitz

    19 January – 24 February 2018

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