Mamou, b.1941

Keith Sonnier

One of the original post-minimalists, Keith Sonnier (b. 1941, Louisiana) came of age in New York in the 1960s alongside artists Bruce Nauman, Richard Tuttle, Eva Hesse, Joel Shapiro, Richard Serra, Jackie Winsor, Lynda Benglis and Barry Le Va. His adoption of the use of incandescent light, specifically neon, in 1968 constituted a shift away from his previously materially diverse work which included latex, electrical transmitters, and satin.

Sonnier has been the subject of more than 150 solo exhibitions including Keith Sonnier: Neon (1989) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Keith Sonnier: Porte Vue (1979) at Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Projects: Keith Sonnier (1971) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Sprengel Museum, Hanover (1993); Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York (1999);...

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Biography

One of the original post-minimalists, Keith Sonnier (b. 1941, Louisiana) came of age in New York in the 1960s alongside artists Bruce Nauman, Richard Tuttle, Eva Hesse, Joel Shapiro, Richard Serra, Jackie Winsor, Lynda Benglis and Barry Le Va. His adoption of the use of incandescent light, specifically neon, in 1968 constituted a shift away from his previously materially diverse work which included latex, electrical transmitters, and satin.

Sonnier has been the subject of more than 150 solo exhibitions including Keith Sonnier: Neon (1989) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Keith Sonnier: Porte Vue (1979) at Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Projects: Keith Sonnier (1971) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Sprengel Museum, Hanover (1993); Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York (1999); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (1999); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2003); the Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Vermont (2015); Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice (2015); Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York (2018), and New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana (2019).

Artworks

La Niçoise, 1977/2019

Related Categories

20th Century Art / Abstraction / American Art / Art of the 1970s / Art of the 2010s / Artists of All Time / Color and Form / Communion with Space / Golden Ratio / Installation / Less is More / Light Installation / Light/Lightings / Minimalism / Mixed Media Art / Mixed Media Installation / Neominimalism / Neon and Fluorescent Light / Neon Light Installation / Restrained Expression / Sensory Experience / Space/Spatiality

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1966

    Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, M.F.A.

  • 1948

    University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, B.A.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Keith Sonnier: Until Today,” New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

  • “Keith Sonnier,” Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg, Germany

  • 2018

    “Keith Sonnier: Early Concepts / Recent Sculptures,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Ethereal/Ephemeral: Keith Sonnier in the Sixties,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2018

    “La Luta Continua,” Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY

  • “Americas Avant-Gardes,” Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France

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Education

  • 1966

    Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, M.F.A.

  • 1948

    University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, B.A.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Keith Sonnier: Until Today,” New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

  • “Keith Sonnier,” Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg, Germany

  • 2018

    “Keith Sonnier: Early Concepts / Recent Sculptures,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Keith Sonnier: Until Today,” Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY

  • “Keith Sonnier: Dis-Play II,” DIA/Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, NY

  • “Keith Sonnier: Inflated Works (1965-1966),” National Examplar, New York, NY

  • 2017

    “Keith Sonnier: Portal Series and Selected Early Works,” Häusler Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland

  • “Keith Sonnier: Three Neons / Three Decades,” Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

  • 2016

    “Keith Sonnier,” Selected Works,” Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland

  • “Keith Sonnier: Light Works,” Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom

  • “Keith Sonnier: Portals,” Maccarone, Los Angeles, CA

  • “Keith Sonnier,” Pace Gallery, London, United Kingdom

  • “Keith Sonnier: Ebo River and Early Works,” Pace Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2015

    “Keith Sonnier,” Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France

  • “Keith Sonnier: Portal Drone,” Häusler Contemporary, Munich, Germany

  • “Keith Sonnier: Early Neon,” Hall Art Foundation, Reading, VT

  • “Keith Sonnier: Castelli Warehouse 1970 / Castelli Gallery 2015,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2014

    “Keith Sonnier: Elliptical Transmissions,” Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art, Southampton, NY

  • “Keith Sonnier,” Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Lafayette, Lafayette, LA

  • “Keith Sonnier: Elysian Plain + Early Works,” Pace Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2013

    “Keith Sonnier: 68-70,” Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Keith Sonnier: Demi-Lune, Early Neon Works,” JGM Galerie, Paris, France

  • “Keith Sonnier: Cat Doucet Series,” Guy Pieters Gallery, St. Paul de Vence, France

  • “Not Neon,” National Exemplar, New York, NY

  • 2012

    “Cannes Series and Selected Works,” Häusler Contemporary, Zürich, Switzerland

  • 2011

    “Modern Relics and Selected Works,” Häusler Contemporary, München, Germany

  • “Flies,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2010

    “Keith Sonnier: Dis-Play II,” JGM Galerie, Paris, France

  • “Keith Sonnier: Selected Works 1996-2008 in Light, Metal and Cloth,” Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece

  • “Keith Sonnier: Fort Crèvecoeur,” Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA

  • “Keith Sonnier: Fluorescent Room,” Art Club 1563, Seoul, South Korea

  • 2009

    “Shelf Works 1975/2008,” Häusler Contemporary, Zürich, Switzerland

  • “Keith Sonnier: Early Sculpture and Drawings,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Ba-O-Ba Lever House,” Lever House Lobby Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2008

    “Sculptural Light Works from the 1980s,” Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Dis-Play,” Sadie Coles HQ off-site, London, United Kingdom

  • “Keith Sonnier: Light Sculptures 1981-2007,” JGM Galerie, Paris, France

  • “Keith Sonnier: Selected Works 1994-2004,” Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

  • “Keith Sonnier: Recent Work,” PaceWildenstein, New York, NY

  • 2007

    “Selected Works, 1969/1989/2005,” Häusler Contemporary, Munich, Germany

  • “Early Works, Late Sixties,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2006

    Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

  • 2005

    PaceWildenstein, New York, NY

  • “Transformer – Selected Works 1968 – 2005,” The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT

  • 2003

    “Keith Sonnier: Neon and Glass 1967-69,” Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Ba-O-Ba,” Häusler Contemporary, München, Germany

  • 2002

    “Ba-O-Ba,” Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

  • 2000

    Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Ethereal/Ephemeral: Keith Sonnier in the Sixties,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2018

    “La Luta Continua,” Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY

  • “Americas Avant-Gardes,” Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France

  • “Twilight,” Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2017

    “Ease,” Galerie Steinek, Vienna, Austria

  • “Tree, Simulacrum, Sea, Moon,” Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

  • “Richard Artschwager, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Morris, Keith Sonnier: 1962 – 1968,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • “From the Cavern to the Moon - A Journey Through the Collection of the Pecci,” Centro Pecci Prato, Prato, Italy

  • “Remains of the Days,” Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2016

    “Energie: analog,” Häusler Contemporary Lustenau, Lustenau, Austria

  • “Group Show 65 Works Selected by James Welling,” David Zwirner, New York, NY

  • “SCRIPT,” Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

  • “Neon: The Charged Line,” Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom

  • “Shapes,” Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY

  • “Collector’s Choice - Ordnung und Farbe | Ein Dialog mit der Sammlung Günter,” Hackenberg

  • Häusler Contemporary, Munich, Germany

  • “Talking on Paper,” Pace Gallery, Beijing, China

  • “Deck Voyage,” Borusan Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2015

    “Thirty Nine Years,” Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI

  • “Kunstlicht,” Galerie Lange + Pult, Zurich, Switzerland

  • “Museum of Stones,” The Noguchi Museum, New York, NY

  • “40: The Anniversary Exhibition,” Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Collector’s Choice: Andy Jllien | «My Shoes Are Your Shoes»,” Häusler Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland

  • “Es werde Licht...,” Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • “Transmission - Legacies of the Television Age,” National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

  • “Group Show Selections from the Kramarsky Collection,” David Zwirner, New York, NY

  • “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

  • “Nice to See You! 160 Works from the Collection,” Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

  • 2014

    “Seeing Through Light : Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection,” Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, United Arabs Emirates

  • “Post/Postminimal: The Rolfe Ricke Collection in Dialogue with Contemporary Art,” Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • “Works on Paper,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2013

    “Light : Dan Flavin, François Morellet, Keith Sonnier,” Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich, Germany

  • “Artists Choose Artists,” Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY

  • “Indomania: From Rembrandt to the Beatles,” Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

  • “Water,” Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, New York, NY

  • “Home,” Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, LA

  • “Etal Adnan and Keith Sonnier,” Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Lebanon

  • “Image and Abstraction,” Pace Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Recent Works by Diana Kingsley, Robert Morris, Richard Pettibone, Mike and Doug Starn, and Keith Sonnier,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Re-Making: When Attitudes Become Form,” Venice Corner della Regina, Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy

  • “Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards,” American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

  • “Group exhibition,” Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

  • “Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts,” American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

  • “A Stone Left Unturned,” Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, France

  • “When Attitudes Become Icons,” Haüsler Contemporary, Zürich, Switzerland

  • 2012

    “Néon, who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue?,” La Maison Rouge, Paris, France.

  • “GRID: works on paper from the 1960’s,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Arte Povera International,” Castello di Rivoli, Turino, Italy

  • JGM Galerie, Paris, France

  • 2011

    “Burning, Bright: A Short History of the Light Bulb,” Pace Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Segment #1A,” Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2010

    “Contemporary Art From the Collection,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

  • “50 Years at Pace,” Pace Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2009

    “A Tribute to Ron Warren,” Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Portrait of the artist as a biker,” MAGASIN – Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France

  • “Sol LeWitt, Keith Sonnier, Lawrence Weiner,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2008

    “View: Fourteen/Hooking Up,” Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2007

    “E Ricomincio da Tre,” Studio La Città, Verona, Italy

  • “Das Kapital: Blue Chips & Masterpieces,” Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2005

    “Love Parade,” Häusler Contemporary, München, Germany

  • “Light Art from Artificial Light,” Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

  • 2004

    “City Light – Light Art,” Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany

  • 2002

    “Recent Works on Paper,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • “The 1970s: Art in Question,” CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France

  • 2001

    “Recent Works on Paper,” Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

  • “The Projected Image in American Art 1964-1977,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

  • 2000

    “Soft Core,” Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY

Collections

  • Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY

  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Bates College Museum of Arts, Lewiston, ME

  • Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

  • Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA

  • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

  • Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan, France

  • Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

  • Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, France