Doug Wheeler
American, born 1939
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A pioneer of the Light and Space Movement in Southern California in the 1960s and ’70s along with Robert Irwin and James Turrell, Doug Wheeler creates paintings out of light that alter perception. RM669 (1969), a square of light positioned on a white wall with curved edges, creates an illusory effect in which the sides of the walls appear to waver. In 2002 Wheeler created SF NM BI SP 2000, which he described as an “infinity environment,” at the Guggenheim Bilbao—an all-white, light-saturated room with no corners so that viewers were unable to fix their eyes on any one surface. Speaking of the site-specificity of much of his work, Wheeler has said, “I never worried so much about permanence because I make things that you experience, and then it’s in your mind.”

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