Barry Le Va
American, born 1941
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
«And The Stars Look Very Different Today» The year 1968 and beyond,
Häusler Contemporary
2017
Barry Le Va: Cleaved Wall,
David Nolan Gallery
2012
David Nolan at Frieze New York 2012,
David Nolan Gallery

With unconventional materials and reductive forms, Barry Le Va redefined sculpture by introducing new subjects, formats, and modes of production in the 1960s in tandem with Richard Serra and Eva Hesse, among others. He aimed to mentally engage his audience through process-oriented works (entailing layering, crushing, blowing, and spilling) that take sculpture beyond the traditional notion of fully formed, enclosed matter. Foundational to Process art, the seemingly random arrangements of ball bearings, wooden planks, and pieces of felt that comprised his earliest large-scale installations in the late 1960s entered into a dialogue with their surroundings. Similarly, Tachycardia II (2006), large blocks of aluminum and cast resin placed around a gallery floor, drew attention to the relationship between the objects and the space containing them. Critic Saul Ostrow has noted Le Va’s pursuit …

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