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.

 

Current & Recent Projects:

'Mary Corse: Painting with Light', Long Museum West Bund, China, 2 July - 5 September 2021

 

 

 

Untitled

Mary Corse
Untitled
2020
Glass microspheres in acrylic on powder coated aluminum, 213.4 x 365.8 cm / 84 x 144 in, 8 panels

Untitled (Electric Light)

Mary Corse
Untitled (Electric Light)
2020
Argon, Plexiglas, high-frequency generator, light tubes, monofilament, 199.7 x 61.6 x 15.2 cm / 78 5/8 x 24 1/4 x 6 in

Untitled (White Multiband)

Mary Corse
Untitled (White Multiband)
2020
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas, 137.2 x 264.2 cm / 54 x 104 in

Untitled (Black Earth Series)

Mary Corse
Untitled (Black Earth Series)
1978
Ceramic, sixteen tiles, 243.8 x 243.8 cm / 96 x 96 in. © Mary Corse, Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York

Untitled (Double Cross)

Mary Corse
Untitled (Double Cross)
2020
Acrylic squares on painted aluminum, 243.8 x 193 x 0.5 cm / 95 7/8 x 75 7/8 x 1/8 in

Variations

Mary Corse
Variations
2020
Installation view

Untitled (Narrow Innerband with White Sides)

Mary Corse
Untitled (Narrow Innerband with White Sides)
2020
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas, 228.6 x 152.4 cm / 90 x 60 in

Untitled (Black Light Series)

Mary Corse
Untitled (Black Light Series)
1989
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas, 304.8 x 213.4 x 5.1 cm / 120 x 84 x 2 in

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. Selected Works

    Selected Works

    16 February – 24 April 2021

  2. OVR: Miami Beach | Painting Protocols

    OVR: Miami Beach | Painting Protocols

    1 December – 15 December 2020

  3. Mary Corse: Variations

    Mary Corse: Variations

    6 October – 4 November 2020

  4. Horizon

    Horizon

    6 October – 31 October 2020

  5. Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms: Memories of Elsewhere

    Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms: Memories o...

    16 June – 28 June 2020

  6. Mary Corse

    Mary Corse

    11 May – 23 June 2018

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