Keith Sonnier
American, born 1941
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Keith Sonnier: Selected Work 1969–2013,
Galerie Forsblom
Keith Sonnier: Ebo River and Early Works,
Pace Gallery
Keith Sonnier. Castelli Warehouse 1970/Castelli Gallery 2015,
Castelli Gallery

Keith Sonnier constructs his distinctive abstract and semi-figurative light installations out of neon tubing. Often labeled a Minimalist, Sonnier places bright colors and sparse lines together in ways that heighten the lights’ reflective qualities in a given space. Inspired by both his birthplace of Louisiana and the cultures and geographies he encounters in his travels, Sonnier’s sculptures combine hi-tech industrial materials with organic or corporeal themes. For his “Herd” series (2009), Sonnier used lights and curved steel supports to create free-standing animal sculptures resembling the wildlife found in Africa.