Barry Le Va

Work

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Barry Le Va’s drawings have always been as significant as his sculptures and installations. These different mediums are mutually dependent and can be understood as existing in a structural, dialectic relationship. Drawing for Le Va, in addition to being a purely practical activity, is a form of thinking that offers the oppor- tunity to concentrate on specific ideas, to alter and further develop them, as he himself has said. As such, he continues in the classical western tradition that since the Renaissance has perceived the “disegno”, the artist’s sketch, as depicting the actual artistic act. Le Va later realized many of these ideas in three-dimen- sions, and it is particularly in these pieces that it becomes clear how much the principles of the processual, the transitory, and the accidental manifest themselves in both the drawings and the sculptures. Since 1987 Galerie Fred Jahn has been associated with the artist through numerous projects and publications.

Vita

1941

Barry Le Va is born in Long Beach, California

(lives and works in New York City)

1960—1963

Studies of Mathematics and Architecture at California State University, Long Beach

1963

Studies at Los Angeles College of Art & Design

1964—1967

Studies at Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County

1968—1970

Instructor Minneapolis College of Art & Design

1968

Young Talent Grant des Los Angeles County Museum

1973—1974

Professorship for Advanced Sculpture at Princeton University, New Jersey

1974

Grant of the John Simon Guggenheim Memomorial Foundation

1976

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

2000

Hugo Boss Prize, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Selected Solo Shows

2019

Barry Le Va – Dia:Beacon, New York

2017

Barry Le Va. Munich-Africa 1992–1995 – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

2016

Barry Le Va. Network – David Nolan Gallery, New York

2015

Barry Le Va – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

Akira Ikeda Gallery, Berlin

2014

Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo

2013

Silent Readings – David Nolan Gallery, New York

Barry Le Va. Large Scale Collages 1985–1991 – Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, California

Barry Le Va. Early Installations – Sonnabend Gallery, New York

2012

The Floor Show. Gravity and Materials – Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Barry Le Va. The Italian Project. Monica in Grey, Grey and Black – Sonnabend Gallery, New York

Barry Le Va. 3 drawings, 1974 – The National Exemplar Gallery, New York

2010

Ink on Paper, Cut and Glued to Ink on Paper. 1983–1988 – David Nolan Gallery, New York

Barry Le Va – Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles

2009

Sculptures and Drawings. 1966–2008 (Part 1) – Nolan Judin, Berlin

Barry Le Va. Hands, Handles, Blades: Cleaver Configurations 1969–2009 – Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Barry Le Va. Munich Diary-African Sketchbook – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

2008

Voltage – David Nolan Gallery, New York

Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2007

Double Join – Metropol Kunstraum, Munich (cat.)

2006

Zeichnungen und Collagen – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

Barry Le Va – Museu Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Porto

Barry Le Va – Mary Boone Gallery, New York

2005

Barry Le Va – Mary Boone Gallery (in cooperation with David Nolan Gallery), New York

Drawings and Sculpture – Danese, New York

9g-Wagner Diagrams. ICA Variations – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York

Accumulated Vision – Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

2003

A Survey of Drawings 1966–2003 and Two New Sculptures – Galerie Juerg Judin, Zurich (cat.)

Barry Le Va. Scrapbooks. Livres à dessins 1998–2003 – Cabinet des estampes du Musée d’art et d’histoire, Geneva (cat.)

Farbholzschnitte und Lithografien 1987–1991 – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

2002

Black on Blue. Diagrams for Double-Tiered Sculpture – Danese, New York

2001

Zeichnungen 1966–2000 – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

Barry Le Va. A Decade of Drawings – Texas Gallery, Houston

Recent Drawings. Early Works – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York

2000

Zeichnungen Collagen Überarbeitete Fotos – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

Nelly Aman Gallery, Tel Aviv

Barry Le Va – Corvi-Mora, London

Barry Le Va. Selected Drawings from 1982 to 1998 – Norwood Gallery, Austin, Texas

1999

Barry Le Va. Diagrammatic Silhouettes. Large Scale Drawings from 1987 – Danese, New York

Catalogued Confined. Sculpture and Drawings – Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco

Barry Le Va – Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles

1998

Barry Le Va. Zeichnungen von 1967 bis 1996 – Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden (cat.)

Smatterings. Works on Paper 1967–1998 – Sonnabend Gallery, New York

1997

Diagrams of Thought. Drawings 1994–1996 – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York (cat.)

Recovered · Catalogued · Confined – Danese, New York

1996

Bunker Coagulations – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

Arbeiten auf Papier 1995–1996 – Galerie Zell am See, Zell am See

Barry Le Va. Recent Works – Galerie Georges-Philippe Vallois, Paris

1995

Barry Le Va. Pages from a Sketchbook. Japanese Lacquerware – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York

Barry Le Va. Sculptures Part II – Sonnabend Gallery, New York

Barry Le Va. Sculptures Part I – Sonnabend Gallery, New York

1993—1994

Munich Diary-African Sketchbook und Barry Le Va. Zeichnungen 1965–93 – Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Munich; Städtisches Museum Leverkusen, Schloss Morsbroich (cat.)

1993

Barry Le Va. Drawings for Work in Progress – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York

Installation et œuvres sur papier des années soixante – Galerie Georges-Philippe Vallois, Paris

1992—1993

Dreaded Intrusions.Institutional Templates. Studies for Combinations and Arrangements of Sculpture Occupying Wall and Floor Areas, Lithographs and Collages 1989–1991 – Galerie Jahn und Fusban, Munich (cat.)

1990

Barry Le Va. The Texas Variations. Drawings for combinations and arrangements of 3 sculptures from the series Dissected Situations – David Nolan Gallery, New York

1989

Barry Le Va. Woodblock Prints and Related Drawings – David Nolan Gallery, New York

Recent Drawings – Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Barry Le Va. Glass, Bullets, Cleavers, 1968–1970 – Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (cat.)

1988

Barry Le Va – Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo (cat.)

Barry Le Va. 1966–88 – Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, Purchase

1987

Barry Le Va – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

1986

Barry Le Va. Drawings and Collages 1966–1986 – Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles

Barry Le Va. Arbeiten auf Papier 1966–1975 – Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne

Barry Le Va. Drawings and Collages 1966–1986 – Sonnabend Gallery, New York

1985

Drawings. 1981–1984 – Texas Gallery, Houston

1983

Barry Le Va. Large Sculpture, Drawings, Diagrammatic Silhouettes – Sonnabend Gallery, New York

1982

P.S.1 – Long Island City, New York

Beaver College (today: Arcadia University), Glenside

Drawings – Yarlow / Salzman Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1981

Barry Le Va. Recent Drawings – The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio

1980

Recent Drawings – Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London

Michelle Lachowsky, Brussels

Expanding Foundations. Eliminating Foundations, a three-room installation – Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Otis Art Institute (today: Otis College of Art and Design), Los Angeles

1979

Barry Le Va. Drawings – Sonnabend Gallery, New York

1978

Barry Le Va. Drawings 1967–77 – Hartnell College Gallery, Salinas, California (cat.)

Barry Le Va. Four Consecutive Installations & Drawings, 1967–1978 – New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (cat.)

1977

Accumulated Vision. Extended boundaries – Wright State University Art Gallery, Dayton, Ohio (cat.)

Barry Le Va. Installation – Claire Copley Gallery, Los Angeles

1976

Barry Le Va – Sonnabend Gallery, New York

Sonnabend Gallery, Paris

Accumulated Vision (Stages 1 & 2). Length Ratios – Texas Gallery, Houston

Claire Copley Gallery, Los Angeles

1975

Two Installations. 1967 – Bykert Gallery, New York

Installation and Drawings – Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco

Claire Copley Gallery, Los Angeles

Barry Le Va. Organisation Spatiale, Dessins, Espace 5 – Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal (cat.)

1974

Galleria Toselli, Milan

Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, Hartford, Connecticut

Six Drawings – Texas Gallery, Houston (further presentations until 2001)

1973

Bykert Gallery, New York

Galerie Felix Handshin, Basel

Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne

1972

Ursula Wevers Gallery Projection, Cologne

1971

University of Utrecht, Utrecht

1970—1971

Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London

1970

Barry Le Va – Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne (further presentations until 1988)

1969

One Piece – Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Two Revolving Exhibitions – Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis

Presentation of the sculpture Velocity. Impact Run-Energy Drain – University Gallery of Fine Art, Ohio State University, Columbus

Selected Group Shows

2020

Don’t (Part I: Don’t Forget Your Mask) – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

2018

40+10+1 – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

2017

Plan View – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

2005

Works on Paper – Danese, New York

2004

Moved – Hunter College, City University of New York, New York

Symmetries. Siah Armajani, Richard Artschwager, Barry Le Va, Sol Lewitt, Sculpture and drawings – Senior and Shopmaker, New York

2003

Black / White – Danese, New York

2002

Phenomenal Bodies – Drammens Museum, Drammen, Norway

From Pop to Now – Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio

Five Sculptors Drawing. Drawings from the Seventies – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York

2000

After Image. Drawing Through Process – Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

Retrospective – Sonnabend, New York

Topologies – White Box, New York

1999

Drawings from the Sixties. Mel Bochner, Barry Le Va, Keith Sonnier, Richard Tuttle – Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1998

Bill Jensen, Barry Le Va, Pat Steir New Work – Danese, New York

Deep Thought II – Basilico Fine Arts, New York

1997

Laying Low – Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

1996

Barry Le Va, Fred Sandback – Verein für Original-Radierung, Munich

1970

Information – Museum of Modern Art, New York (cat.)

1968

Two Painters and a Sculptor – California State College, Los Angeles

1967

New Comers ’67 – Lytton Center of Visual Arts, Los Angeles