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Dan Graham (1942-2022)

303 Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, and Regen Projects mourn a great artist, Dan Graham, who sadly passed away on February 19th in New York. His influence over the past half century as a writer, photographer, architect, sculptor, filmmaker and performance artist is widely felt in the contemporary art world, with many of his groundbreaking endeavours in video, installation and audience participation – including such legendary and confrontational works as Performer/Audience/Mirror (1975) and Public Spaces/Two Audiences (1976) – among the first and most enduring examples ever created in those fields.

Despite his recent disavowal of Conceptual Art as a term, he was one of its earliest pioneers through early text-based works, typographic wall pieces and schematic poems, not to mention the seminal illustrated magazine essay, Homes for America (1966). He exhibited the work of his peers Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Robert Smithson at the John Daniels Gallery in New York, where he was briefly the curator and director, before showing alongside these and many other Minimalists and Conceptualists during the 1960s and 70s.  

The main focus of Graham’s art since the late 1970s was an ongoing series of public architectural installations, which he called pavilions, derived from geometric forms and rendered in plate glass, two-way mirror, and steel armatures. Graham intended his pavilions to function as punctuation marks, pausing or altering the experience of physical space, providing momentary diversion for romance or play, or else as places to delve into other activities, like reading or viewing videos. These deceptively simple structures recall many of the artist’s earlier experiments with perception, reflection, and refraction, but depart from them in their non-gallery setting as long-term additions to the landscape.

Graham had an encyclopedic sphere of references and wrote about everything from Dean Martin and rock music to astrology and urban architecture. He is survived by his wife, the artist Mieko Meguro. His wit, generosity and irascibility will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.





2018    Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City

            Sirius Arts Centre, County Cork, Ireland

2017    Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing

            Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

2016    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland

            Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus

2015    MAMO, Marseille, France

            ETH Zurich, Zurich

2014    Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

            The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2011    Le Consortium, Dijon

            Kunstmuseum Sankt Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland

2010    Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan

2009    Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

            Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

            Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

            Portikus, Frankfurt am Main

2006    Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy

2005    Venice Biennale, Italy

2003    Venice Biennale, Italy

2001    Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal

1997    Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK

            dOCUMENTA 10, Kassel, Germany

1993    Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

1992    dOCUMENTA 9, Kassel, Germany

1983    Kunsthalle Berne, Bern, Switzerland

1982    dOCUMENTA 7, Kassel, Germany

1981    Renaissance Society, University of Chicago

1977    dOCUMENTA 6, Kassel, Germany

1976   Venice Biennale, Italy

1972    dOCUMENTA 5, Kassel, Germany




2010    American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York

2001    French Vermeil Medal awarded by the City of Paris

1992    Coutts Contemporary Art Foundation Award, Zurich, Switzerland




Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver

Tate Collection, London

National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

Generali Foundation, Vienna

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna

Friedrich Christian Flick Collection at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf

Centre Pompidou – Musée national d’art modern, Paris

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte

Moderna Museet, Stockholm