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    MARY CORSE (American, b. 1945)
    Untitled, 1997
    Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas
    48 x 48 inches (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
    Signed and dated verso: Mary Corse, 1997

    PROVENANCE:
    Private Collection

    NOTE:
    Born in Berkeley, CA in 1945, Mary Corse received her B.F.A. from the University of California in 1963, and her M.F.A. from the Chouinard Art Institute in 1968. Corse's work has been exhibited in several important and international exhibitions including a collateral exhibition curated by Nyehaus in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (2011); Phenomenal: California Light and Space, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA (2011). Her works are in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA, Los Angeles); the Fondation Beyeler (Basel), the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection (Los Angeles), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), The Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego); the Orange County Museum of Art at Newport Beach; the Guggenheim Museum (New York), and other institutions public and private. Mary Corse lives and works in Los Angeles.

    Mary Corse first emerged as part of the generation of 'Light and Space' artists working in southern California in the late 1960s. It was at this time that she first began making minimalist paintings using a radical technique mixing clear glass micro-beads mixed with pigment, which she has continued to develop over the past four decades. The tiny glass spheres act as a prism, refracting and reflecting light, depending on the position of the viewer and angle of light. At times the surface appears flat and even; by a slight shift in location, the formal geometry and painterly characteristics of the image shimmer into view with almost phosphorescent effect.


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    May, 2012
    22nd Tuesday
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