Black on Blue Diagrams for Double-Tiered Sculpture

Black on Blue Diagrams for Double-Tiered Sculpture

Friday, February 15, 2002Saturday, March 16, 2002

Danese is pleased to announce an exhibition of ink drawings by Barry Le Va, widely considered one of America’s most influential post-minimalist sculptors. The exhibition opens to the public Friday, February 15 and continues through Saturday, March 16. By their very title, Le Va’s Diagrams for Double-Tiered Sculpture demonstrate a direct relationship between the two-dimensional plan or schematic (architectural associations being fundamental to Le Va’s work) and the actual three-dimensional volume – or, sculpture.

These layered, dynamic works discard traditional order and compositional “rules” and allow for a subjective and non-linear process of decision making. “The artist’s studies in architecture have contributed to his sensitivity toward space, presence, volume, form, force fields, relations and tension” – elements that are contained in his drawings and lead directly to the development of his sculpture. As Le Va has said, “There’s no sense in worrying about what it’s going to look like beforehand. If you have your elements that mean something, it’s arranging them to focus in on what you want them to do…it’s closer to musical composition.”

Born in Long Beach, California in 1941, Le Va graduated from the Otis Art Institute in 1967 and subsequently moved to New York where he has lived and worked since 1970. His work is included in the collections of many major museums, among them, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Ohio State University, Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

For further information, please contact Adam Sheffer or Carol Corey at 212/223-2227.