Lisson Gallery

Mary Corse survey exhibition travels to Los Angeles County Museum of Art

24 July 2019

Mary Corse's major solo exhibition 'A Survey in Light', first shown at the Whitney Museum, New York (8 June - 25 November 2018), will be presented from Sunday 28 July at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Initially trained as an abstract painter, Corse emerged in the 1960s as one of the only women associated with the West Coast Light and Space Movement. This focused exhibition highlights critical moments of experimentation as Corse engaged with tropes of modernist painting – from the monochrome to the grid – while charting her own course through studies in quantum physics and complex investigations into a range of “painting” materials, from fluorescent light and plexiglass to metallic flakes, glass microspheres, and clay.

The survey brings together Corse’s key bodies of work including her early shaped canvases, freestanding sculptures, and light encasements that she engineered in the mid-1960s, in her early twenties. Also presented are her White Light paintings in acrylic and glass microspheres, begun in 1968, and the Black Earth series that she initiated after moving in 1970 from downtown Los Angeles to Topanga Canyon, where she lives and works today.

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Image: Mary Corse, Untitled (Black Light Painting), 1975, acrylic squares, glass microspheres, and acrylic on canvas, 108 × 108 in., collection of Sangbeom Kim and Sunjung Kim, © Mary Corse, photograph by Flying Studio. Courtesy LACMA.
Mary Corse survey exhibition travels to Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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