Pasadena, b.1934

Helen Pashgian

Helen Pashgian (b. 1934, Pasadena, CA; lives and works in Pasadena, CA) received her BA from Pomona College, Claremont, CA in 1956 and MA from Boston University, Boston, MA in 1958, and also attended Columbia University, New York, NY 1956-57. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2014); Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (2010); and Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA (2007). Select group exhibitions featuring her work include Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2011), travelled to Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA (2011) and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany (2012); Translucence: Southern California Art From the 1960s and 1970s, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA...

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Biography

Helen Pashgian (b. 1934, Pasadena, CA; lives and works in Pasadena, CA) received her BA from Pomona College, Claremont, CA in 1956 and MA from Boston University, Boston, MA in 1958, and also attended Columbia University, New York, NY 1956-57. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2014); Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (2010); and Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA (2007). Select group exhibitions featuring her work include Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2011), travelled to Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA (2011) and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany (2012); Translucence: Southern California Art From the 1960s and 1970s, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA (2006); The Senses: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (2006); and Inaugural Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA (2002). Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections internationally, including Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA.

Artworks

7

Untitled, 2019

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Abstract Sculpture / Abstraction / American Art / Art of the 1960s / Art of the 2010s / Color and Form / Communion with Space / Contemporary American Art / Industrial Materials / Less is More / Light Art / Light Installation / Light/Lightings / Los Angeles / Optical Illusion / Perception / Restrained Expression / Sculpture / Sensory Experience / Space/Spatiality / United States / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1958

    MA, Boston University, Boston, MA

  • 1957

    Columbia University, New York, NY

  • 1956

    BA, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong, China

  • Lehmann Maupin, Seoul, Korea

  • New Lenses and Spheres, Vito Schnabel Projects, St. Mortiz, Switzerland

Group Exhibitions

  • 2020

    Radiant Light and Expanded Space, Pearl Lam, Hong Kong, China (forthcoming)

  • 2019

    Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK

  • The Buck Collection, UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, Irvine, CA

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Education

  • 1958

    MA, Boston University, Boston, MA

  • 1957

    Columbia University, New York, NY

  • 1956

    BA, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong, China

  • Lehmann Maupin, Seoul, Korea

  • New Lenses and Spheres, Vito Schnabel Projects, St. Mortiz, Switzerland

  • Charlotte Jackson, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2016

    Golden Ratio, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

  • 2014

    Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2011

    Columns and Wall Sculptures, ACE Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

  • 2010

    Working in Light, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA

  • Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA

  • 2009

    New Works, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2007

    Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

  • 2006

    Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2020

    Radiant Light and Expanded Space, Pearl Lam, Hong Kong, China (forthcoming)

  • 2019

    Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK

  • The Buck Collection, UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, Irvine, CA

  • 2018

    Space Shifters, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom

  • Water & Light, Ochi Gallery and Emily Friedman Fine Art, Ketchum, ID

  • 2017

    Transient, TOTAH, New York, NY

  • 2016

    A Selection of Artworks, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2015

    Made in California, Mana Wynwood, Miami, FL

  • 2014

    California Dreamin’: Thirty Years of Collecting, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

  • 2013

    Beyond Brancusi: The Space of Sculpture, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA

  • 2012

    Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

  • 2011

    Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

  • Pacific Standard Time: Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

  • 2010

    Primary Atmospheres: Works from California 1960-19 0, David Zwirner, New York, NY

  • Swell: Art 1950-2010, Metro Pictures, New York, NY

  • 2009

    Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA

  • Le Petit Objet, Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA

  • 2007

    Off the Wall, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

  • Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2006

    Translucence: Southern California Art from the 1960’s and 1970’s, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA

  • The Senses: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA

  • 2002

    Inaugural Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

  • 2000

    12 Divas, Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Grants/Awards

  • 2013

    Distinguished Women in the Arts Award, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA

Residencies

  • 1970

    California Institute of Technology

Collections

  • Agnew Miller & Carlson, Los Angeles, CA

  • Atlantic Richfield Company, Dallas, TX

  • Andrew Dickson White Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • Bank of America, Los Angeles, CA

  • Bank of America, Singapore

  • Frederick Weisman Collection, Los Angeles, CA

  • Koll Corporation, Newport, CA

  • Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

Bibliography

  • 2018

    Roffino, Sara. “Let There Be Light”, Cultured Mag, September.

  • 2017

    Hudson, Suzanne. “Helen Pashgian and Brian Wills”, Artforum, October.

  • 2016

    Gleeson, Bridget. “Helen Pashgian, California’s “Grand Dame,” Unveils a New Series of Etheral Sculptures”, Artsy, December.

  • 2015

    Barry, Lita. “Studio Visit with Helen Pashgian: The Leading Lady of Light,” Huff Post Los Angeles, 9 April.

  • Comte, Michel and Maria Grazia Meda. “Women of Today”, Vogue Italia, July.

  • 2014

    Kitnick, Alex. “Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible,” Artforum, January.

  • Zabrodski, Sarah. “Sculpting the Thingness of Light,” Hyperallergic, 18 June.

  • Pagel, David. “Review: At LACMA’s ‘Helen Pashgian’ Step Back and Watch Magic Happen,” Los Angeles Times, 17 April.

  • Vankin, Deborah. “Artist Helen Pashgian Brings Her Love of Light to LACMA’s Space,” Los Angeles Times, 29 March.

  • Zimskind, Lyle. “Framed: Not Seeing the Light at LACMA,” Los Angeles Magazine, 3 April.

  • Croci, Roberto. “Helen Pashgian Enlightenments,” Casa Vogue, April.

  • 2011

    Korek, Bettina. “Materials Magician,” Huff Post Los Angeles, 21 May.

  • Pagel, David. “Helen Pashgian, ‘Columns and Wall Sculptures’ at ACE Gallery,” Culture Monster, 10 February.

  • 2010

    Duncan, Michael. “Helen Pashgian,” Art in America, 11 September.

  • Johnson, Ken. “Art in Review”, The New York Times, January.

  • Smith, Rachel. “Helen Pashgian Exhibit Lights up Pomona Gallery,” Campus Times, 26 February.

  • Schjeldahl, Peter. “Way Out West,” The New Yorker, 25 January, p. 76-77.

  • Hickey, David. Primary Atm spheres: Works From California 1960-1970. New York: Steidl/David Zwirner, 2010.