Mary Corse : a survey in light /

Mary Corse's first solo museum survey is a long overdue examination of this singular artist's career. Initially trained as an abstract painter, Corse (b. 1945, Berkeley, CA) emerged in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the West Coast Light and Space movement. She shared...

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Author / Creator: Conaty, Kim (Author)
Other Authors / Creators:Clark, Robin contributor.
Govan, Michael, contributor.
Lowry, Alexis, contributor.
Reed, David, 1946- contributor.
Corse, Mary, 1945- Works. Selections.
Other Corporate Authors / Creators:Whitney Museum of American Art, issuing body, host institution.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, host institution.
Format: Book
Language:English
Imprint: New York : Whitney Museum of American Art, [2018]
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Summary:Mary Corse's first solo museum survey is a long overdue examination of this singular artist's career. Initially trained as an abstract painter, Corse (b. 1945, Berkeley, CA) emerged in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the West Coast Light and Space movement. She shared with her contemporaries a deep fascination with perception and with the possibility that light itself could serve as both a subject and material of art. Yet while others largely migrated away from painting into sculptural and environmental projects, Corse approached the question of light through painting. 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 Plexiglas to metallic flakes, glass microspheres, and clay. The survey will bring together for the first time 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, as well as her breakthrough White Light Paintings, 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.
Initially trained as an abstract painter, Mary Corse (b. 1945) emerged in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the California Light and Space movement. This catalogue is the first comprehensive examination of this singular artist's work, and features new scholarship and object studies that underscore how Corse's groundbreaking approach to light, perception, and subjectivity forged a new language of painting. Over more than five decades, Corse has maintained a commitment to abstraction and belief in modernist painting even as she charted her own course through her studies in quantum physics and investigations into a range of unconventional materials, from Tesla coils and neon to glass microbeads and glitter. Kim Conaty's essay investigates how the artist's early experiments with light--creating "paintings" made of fluorescent or neon--made way for her subsequent explorations into how light might be integrated into the surface of her canvases through the interplay of reflection and refraction. Corse's exquisite paintings activate the viewer in the creation of the perceptual experience: the kinetic effect of the work is contingent upon the movement of the body through space. As Corse has explained: "Art is not on the wall, it's in your perception." <br> <br> <br> <br> Distributed for the Whitney Museum of American Art <br> <br> <p><br> <br> Exhibition Schedule:</p> <p> Whitney Museum of American Art <br> (06/08/18-11/25/18)</p>
Item Description:This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Mary Corse: A Survey in Light, organized by Kim Conaty, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings and Prints, with Melinda Lang, curatorial assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Exhibition held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Exhibition held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 8-November 25, 2018, and at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, July 28-November 10, 2019.
Physical Description:157 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780300234978
030023497X
Author Notes:Kim Conaty is Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Robin Clark is director of the Artist Initiative at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Michael Govan is CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Alexis Lowry is associate curator at the Dia Art Foundation. David Reed is a visual artist based in New York.