[UCP Books]: Dwan Gallery

A Lush Look at Virginia Dwan’s Legacy in Contemporary Art

Dwan Gallery

Los Angeles to New York, 1959–1971
James Meyer

Copublished with the National Gallery of Art

US Publication date: 1 November 2016 Cloth ISBN-13: 978-0-226-42510-8
UK Publication date: 15 November 2016 $60.00/ £42.00


Exhibition Schedule

National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC
September 30, 2016–
January 29, 2017

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA
March 19–September 10, 2017

Published in celebration of Virginia Dwan’s gift to the National Gallery of her extraordinary personal collection, Dwan Gallery explores her remarkable career. Dwan is one of the most influential figures in the history of twentieth-century American art. Her eponymously named galleries, the first established in a Los Angeles storefront in 1959, followed by a second in New York in 1965, became a beacon for influential postwar American and European artists. She sponsored the debut show for Yves Klein in the United States, and she championed such artists as Franz Kline, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Sol LeWitt, and Ad Reinhardt. Her Los Angeles gallery featured abstract expressionism, neo-Dada, and pop, while the New York branch became associated with the emerging movements of minimalism and conceptualism. At the same time, the gallery’s influence expanded to remote locations in Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, where Dwan sponsored such iconic earthworks as Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, Michael Heizer’s Double Negative, and Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field. Though Dwan was a major force in the art world of the sixties and seventies, her story and the history of her gallery have been largely unexplored—until now.

James Meyer is the deputy director and chief curator at the Dia Art Foundation. He is the author or editor of several books, including Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the Sixties Minimalism. His writing has appeared in Artforum and October, among other publications.


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