Lisson Gallery

Dan Graham

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. Graham himself has described his work and its various manifestations as ‘geometric forms inhabited and activated by the presence of the viewer, [producing] a sense of uneasiness and psychological alienation through a constant play between feelings of inclusion and exclusion.’ Considering himself first and foremost a writer-artist, Graham's writings and periodicals from the 1960s, including Figurative (1965) and Schema (1966), include published essays and reviews on everything from rock music and television culture to Dean Martin and Dwight D. Eisenhower's painting. These publications, predating Conceptual art, were a rejection of the limits of the art gallery’s ‘white cube’ format and an embrace of the ubiquity and disposable nature of monthly periodicals. 

Dan Graham was born in Urbana, Illinois, USA in 1942 and lives and works in New York, USA. He has had solo exhibitions at Sirius Arts Centre, County Cork, Ireland (2018); the Red Brick Museum, Beijing, China (2017); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia (2017); The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA (2016); Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, USA (2016); MAMO, Marseille, France (2015); ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2015); Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2014); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2014); Kunstmuseum Sankt Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland (2011); Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan (2010); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2009); Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (2006); Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2001); Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK (1997); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1993); Kunsthalle Berne, Bern, Switzerland (1983); and the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (1981). He has participated in dOCUMENTA 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10, Kassel, Germany (1972, 1977, 1982, 1992, 1997) and shown work at the Venice Biennale, Italy (1976, 2003, 2005). Among numerous awards he received the Coutts Contemporary Art Foundation Award, Zurich, Switzerland (1992), the French Vermeil Medal, Paris, France (2001) and was honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA in 2010.

Dan Graham
Homes for America, Arts Magazine , 1966-67
Print 74 x 93 cm / 29 x 37 in.

Dan Graham
Two-Way Mirror Cylinder Bisected By Perforated Stainless Steel, 2011-12
Stainless steel, perforated steel and two way mirror 230 x 520 cm / 90 1/2 x 205 in.

Dan Graham
Two 2-Way Mirror Ellipses, One Open, One Closed, 2011-12
Stainless steel and 2-way mirror, 230 x 350 x 748 cm / 90 1/2 x 138 x 295 in.

Dan Graham
Untitled, 2011
Two way mirror glass, aluminium, cellulose, MDF 90 x 140 x 71 cm / 35 1/2 x 55 x 28 in.

Dan Graham
Untitled, 2011
Two way mirror glass, aluminium, cellulose, MDF 107 x 107 x 42 cm / 42 x 42 x 16 1/2 in.

Dan Graham
Rococo, 2012
Perforated Steel, stainless steel, two-way mirror 413 x 502 x 230 cm / 162 1/2 x 197 x 90 1/2 in.

Dan Graham
Present Continuous Past(s), 1974
Performance John Gibson Gallery, New York

Dan Graham
Groovy Spiral, 2013
Two-way mirror, stainless steel 453 x 731 x 230 cm / 178 x 288 x 90 1/2 in.

Dan Graham
Two-Way Mirror/Hedge Labyrinth, 1989-91
Pencil and watercolour on paper 62 x 53 x 3.8 cm / 24 1/2 x 21 x 1 1/2 in.

Dan Graham
Homes for America, 1966-1989
Six framed and signed colour prints Framed: 74 x 68cm / 29 x 27 in.

Dan Graham
Homes for America, 1966-1989
Six framed and signed colour prints Framed: 74 x 68cm / 29 x 27 in.

Dan Graham
Homes for America, 1966-1989
Six framed and signed colour prints Framed: 74 x 68cm / 29 x 27 in.

Dan Graham
Homes for America, 1966-1989
Six framed and signed colour prints Framed: 74 x 68cm / 29 x 27 in.

Dan Graham
Homes for America, 1966-1989
Six framed and signed colour prints Framed: 74 x 68cm / 29 x 27 in.

Dan Graham
Homes for America, 1966-1989
Six framed and signed colour prints Framed: 74 x 68cm / 29 x 27 in.

Dan Graham
Intention Intentionality Sequence, 1972
Framed text panels on mount board 102.7 x 75.5cm each / 40 1/2 x 30 in. each

Dan Graham
Two Adjacent Pavilions, 1978-81
Installation view Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands

Dan Graham
Two Correlated Rotations, 1969
Black & white photograph 74 x 86 cm / 29 x 34 in.

Dan Graham
Back-Yard New Housing Project, Staten Island, 1978
C-print 78 x 57.5 cm / 31 x 22 1/2 in.

Dan Graham
Octogon for Munster, 1987
Glass and metal Installation view Munster Sculpture Park

Dan Graham
Architectural Drawing for Revolving Door Entrance (1.7.1987), 1987
Pencil on paper 51.7 x 41.7 x 3.8 cm / 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.

Dan Graham
Two Way Mirror and Hedge Labyrinth, 1989
Zinc sprayed steel, two way mirror, clear glass and blue cypress trees 220 x 600 x 900 cm / 87 x 236 x 354 in.

Dan Graham
Two Way Mirror and Hedge Labyrinth, 1989
Zinc sprayed steel, two way mirror, clear glass and blue cypress trees 220 x 600 x 900 cm / 87 x 236 x 354 in.

Dan Graham
Two Way Mirror and Hedge Labyrinth, 1989
Zinc sprayed steel, two way mirror, clear glass and blue cypress trees 220 x 600 x 900 cm / 87 x 236 x 354 in.

Dan Graham
Triangular Pavilion with Circular Cut-Out Variation C, 1989-2001
Two way mirror glass, plain glass, painted aluminium and stainless steel 205 x 208 cm / 81 x 82 in.

Dan Graham
Triangular Pavilion with Circular Cut-Out Variation C, 1989-2001
Two way mirror glass, plain glass, painted aluminium and stainless steel 205 x 208 cm / 81 x 82 in.

Dan Graham
Whirligig, 2018
Stainless steel and two way mirror 125 x 125 x 91 cm 49 1/8 x 49 1/8 x 35 3/4 in ed. 1 of 3

Dan Graham
Stage Set for Music no. 2 for Glenn, 2018
Stainless steel and two way mirror 230 x 671.1 x 788.8 cm 90 1/2 x 264 1/8 x 310 1/2 in

Dan Graham
Untitled, 2018
Stainless steel and two way mirror 107 x 107 x 91 cm 42 1/8 x 42 1/8 x 35 3/4 in ed. 1 of 3

Dan Graham
Untitled, 2018
Stainless steel and two way mirror 125 x 125 x 91 cm 49 1/8 x 49 1/8 x 35 3/4 in ed. 2 of 3

Dan Graham
Play Pen for Play Pals, 2018
Stainless steel, glass and two way mirror 230 x 233.4 x 308.4 cm 90 1/2 x 91 7/8 x 121 3/8 in

Dan Graham
Stage Set for Music no. 2 for Glenn, 2018
Stainless steel and two way mirror 230 x 671.1 x 788.8 cm 90 1/2 x 264 1/8 x 310 1/2 in

Dan Graham
Bisected Ovoid , 2013
Wood, MDF, glass, aluminium, and acrylic 107 x 107 x 44 cm / 42 x 42 x 17 in.

Dan Graham
Two V's Entrance-Way, 2016
Laminated glass, stainless steel 235 x 827 x 508 cm / 92 1/2 x 325 5/8 x 200 in.

Dan Graham
Greek Meander Pavilion, Open Shoji Screen Version, 2001
Two-way mirror glass, stainless steel, oak, PVC 636 x 479 x 209 cm / 250 3/8 x 188 5/8 x 82 1/4 in.

Dan Graham
Showing Off the Body, 2016
Two-way mirror glass, perforated steel 235 x 1321 x 2073 cm / 92 1/2 x 520 1/8 x 816 1/8 in

Exhibitions

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    Dan Graham: Rock 'n' Roll

    3 October – 3 November 2018

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    Dan Graham: Pavilions

    21 March – 28 April 2012

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    Dan Graham: Theatre

    1 April – 9 May 2009

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    Dan Graham: Performance

    12 July – 28 August 2004

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    Dan Graham: Sculptures/Pavilions

    12 July – 14 September 2001

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    Dan Graham: Pavilion Sculptures & Photographs

    9 November 1991 – 8 January 1992

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    Dan Graham & Sol Lewitt

    13 May – 5 June 1986

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    Dan Graham

    9 December 1981 – 9 January 1982

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    Dan Graham

    27 September – 26 October 1974

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    Dan Graham

    25 February – 18 March 1972

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