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    Barry Le Va (1941-2021)
    Blown Chalk-Installation Studies (London Exhibition), 1971
    Ink and marker on vellum on paper
    35 x 35 inches (88.9 x 88.9 cm)
    Signed, dated, and titled lower right: Blown Chalk-Installation Studies (Lond Exhibition) B. Le Va 1971


    Sonnabend Gallery, New York;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1992.

    Trained as an architect, Barry Le Va was a pioneer of Post-Minimalist and Process Art who for decades created works that precisely charted the artist's relationship to space and created a specific experience of space for the viewer. He used wide-ranging materials and implements such as meat cleavers, broken glass, ball bearings, powdered chalk, and wool felt, creating installations that may appear disordered but are actually exactingly planned in relation to the space in which each is installed, laid out on paper in precise plans. These plans function in a way analogous to musical scores, and each piece is executed with a certain amount of chance and improvisation. He described his installations as "residue of an activity, a result of cause and effect, and the handling of tangible materials."

    Le Va's work has been included in major international exhibitions like "Information" at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970, as well as three editions of Documenta and three Whitney Annuals/Biennials. His work appears in major institutional holdings like the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. In November, 2019, Dia:Beacon, in upstate New York, installed a survey of his early work, which will remain on long-term view.

    Condition Report*: Scattered pinholes to the corners and edges, but otherwise in overall great condition. Floated and framed under acrylic.
    Framed Dimensions 42 X 42 Inches
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    May, 2021
    13th Thursday
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