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Remembering the famous visionary artist Dan Graham

Artist Dan Graham

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Remembering the famous visionary artist Dan Graham who died on 19 February 2022 at the age of 79. Pioneering American famous visual artist, writer and curator, Dan Graham passed away on 19 February at the age of 79. He was born in Urbana, Illinois, USA in 1942 and lived and worked in New York, USA. He has had solo exhibitions in various parts of the world.

In his fifty years of career, Dan Graham had traced the symbiosis between architectural environments and their inhabitants. With a practice that encompasses curating, writing, performance, installation, video, photography and architecture, his analytical bent first came to attention with Homes for America (1966–67), a sequence of photos of suburban development in New Jersey, USA, accompanied by a text charting the economics of land use and the obsolescence of architecture and craftsmanship.

Graham’s critical engagement manifests most alluringly in the glass and mirrored pavilions, which have been realized in sites all over the world. These instruments of reflection – visual and cognitive – highlight the voyeuristic elements of design in the built world; poised between sculpture and architecture, they glean a sparseness from 1960s Minimalism, redolent of Graham’s emergence in New York in the 1960s alongside Sol Le Witt, Donald Judd and Robert Smithson.

Graham himself has described his work and its various manifestations as ‘geometric forms inhabited and activated by the presence of the viewer, [producing] a sense of uneasiness and psychological alienation through a constant play between feelings of inclusion and exclusion.’ His legacy is an art that made you see yourself and surroundings differently.

Featured Image: Courtesy www.artspace.com

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