This summer, Keith Sonnier will be the subject of two concurrent solo exhibitions in the US : first on Long Island at the Parrish Museum of Art in Water Mill; secondly at the Dia Art Foundation’s Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, USA.
Keith Sonnier: Until Today, a career survey, will be on view from 1 July 2018 to 27 January, 2019 at the Parrish Art Museum. The exhibition considers the full extent of Sonnier’s achievement with more than 30 works which emphasize his radical contribution to art history from 1967 to the present. “Not only is Sonnier one of the most innovative artists working in the United States today, his creativity is an inspiration to entirely new generations of artists.” Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan said.
At the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Keith Sonnier: Dis-Play II, Sonnier’s eponymous work will be displayed alongside Film and Videos 1968–1977, a selection reflecting Sonnier’s decade-long exploration of sound and media work. The installation will run from 1 July, 2018 to 26 May 26, 2019.
Keith Sonnier reinvented sculpture in the late 1960s. Employing unusual materials that had never been used, Sonnier, along with his contemporaries, Bruce Nauman, Richard Tuttle, Eva Hesse, Richard Serra, and Barry LeVa, called all previous conceptions of sculpture into question. Sonnier has experimented with materials as varied as latex, satin, bamboo, found objects, satellite transmitters, and video. In 1968, the artist began working with neon, which quickly became a defining element of his work. The linear quality of neon allows Sonnier to draw in space with light and colour, while the diffuseness of the light enables his work to interact on various architectural planes. Sonnier’s architectural neon installations in public spaces have earned him wide acclaim in an international context.