Gagosian Gallery presents drawings and sculptures by the American artist Walter De Maria. Diverse works from the first four decades of his career, including the never-before seen Truth / Beauty (1993–2016), is included in his first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom.
While attending the University of California, Berkeley, between 1953 and 1959, De Maria was inspired by Fluxus, as well as by his longstanding interest in drumming and jazz. As early as 1959, he staged several poetic Happenings in the Bay area with the composer and musician La Monte Young, through which they explored the spatio-temporal confrontation between bodies and objects.
When he moved to New York City he began constructing static sculptures—unpainted, handmade wooden boxes, often with words or instructions written in pencil on their exteriors.
Artworks that exemplify his engagement with nodes of Conceptual art, his desire to give abstract ideas aesthetic presence.
“I THINK TO BE A TRUE MINIMALIST YOU SHOULD ALMOST
NEARLY BE INVISIBLE YOURSELF (…)” – WALTER DE MARIA
Walter De Maria, One Hundred Activities, 1960-61 © The Estate of Walter De Maria