Walter de Maria  (American, 1935-2013) 

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Walter de Maria (American, 1935–2013) was a key figure in American Minimalism and Land art. He was born in Albany, CA, and attended the University of California, Berkeley from 1953 to 1959. After college, he became active in the San Francisco art scene with avant-garde artist La Monte Thornton Young. During this time, he began experimenting with viewer-interactive works. In 1960, he moved to New York and began using industrial materials to create minimalist sculptures. In 1968, he opened the 9 Great Jones Street Gallery with Robert Whitman (American, b.1935), and held his first solo show there.

De Maria began experimenting with Land art in 1968 in his piece Erdraum, which he later revived at the New York Earth Room in 1977. That same year, Maria installed his work Lightening Field in the desert of New Mexico. The work consisted of 400 stainless steel rods placed in a field. De Maria also worked in urban environments, creating such works as Vertical Earth Kilometer at Documenta in Kassel, Germany in 1977, as well as The Broken Kilometer, in New York City in 1979. De Maria has shown his work internationally, and in 2011, had his first major museum exhibition at the Menil Collection in Houston, TX. De Maria died of a stroke in 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Walter de Maria, Energy Bar

 

Walter de Maria
Energy Bar
1966

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Walter de Maria, High Energy Bar

 

Walter de Maria
High Energy Bar, 1966
stainless steel

 

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Walter de Maria, High Energy Bar

 

Walter de Maria
High Energy Bar, 1966
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Walter de Maria, Razor Piece

 

Walter de Maria
Razor Piece, 1971
paper collage on cardboard

 

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