Lisson Gallery

Mary Corse

Mary Corse has built a practice that occupies an independent space at the intersection of minimalist painting, Abstract Expressionism and scientific inquiry. First gaining recognition in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the Light and Space movement that originated in Southern California, Corse is widely recognised for her innovative painting technique using materials which both capture and refract light. Corse’s paintings obsessively engage with perception and embody rather than merely represent light, experimenting with the concept of subjective experience in new and innovative ways. Corse combines a philosophical quest for the portrayal of the infinite with a highly skilled methodical and scientific rigour. 

Mary Corse was born in Berkeley, California in 1945 and lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned her BFA from Chouinard Art Institute (later renamed the California Institute of the Arts, or CalArts) in 1968. Recent solo presentations include A Survey in Light at the Whitney Museum of American Art (8 June – 25 November 2018), which travels to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (28 July – 10 November, 2019); and a three year installation at Dia:Beacon in New York, which opened in May 2018. Corse’s work is in a number of public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; the Menil Collection, Houston, TX, USA; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, USA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA; and the Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland, among many others. She is a past recipient of the Guggenheim’s Theodoron Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Cartier Foundation Award.

Untitled (White Inner Band, Beveled)

Mary Corse
Untitled (White Inner Band, Beveled), 2012
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas 243.8 x 182.9 cm 114 x 90 in

Untitled (White Multiple Inner Band, Vertical Strokes)

Mary Corse
Untitled (White Multiple Inner Band, Vertical Strokes), 2003
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas 243.8 x 609.6 cm 96 x 240 in

Untitled (Electric Light)

Mary Corse
Untitled (Electric Light), 1968/2018
Argon, Plexiglas, high frequency generator, light tubes, monofilament 125.4 x 125.4 x 15.2 cm 49 3/8 x 49 3/8 x 6 in

Untitled (White Multiband, Vertical Strokes)

Mary Corse
Untitled (White Multiband, Vertical Strokes), 2003
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas 253 x 8 x 105 in; 243.8 x 609.6 cm 96 x 240 in

Untitled (White Multi Inner Band, Beveled)

Mary Corse
Untitled (White Multi Inner Band, Beveled), 2018
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas 274.3 x 274.3 cm 108 x 108 in

Untitled (White Black Band, Beveled)

Mary Corse
Untitled (White Black Band, Beveled), 2018
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas 213.4 x 152.4 cm 84 x 60

Untitled (Black Earth Series)

Mary Corse
Untitled (Black Earth Series), 1978
© Mary Corse Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York

Untitled (Two Triangular Columns)

Mary Corse
Untitled (Two Triangular Columns), 1965
Painted wood and acrylic, dimensions variable. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Michael Straus in loving memory of Howard and Helaine Straus 2016. Image courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Exhibitions

  1. Mary Corse

    Mary Corse

    11 May – 23 June 2018

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