Walter De Maria

American, 1935–2013

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Walter De Maria

American, 1935–2013

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California-born, New York-based Walter De Maria trained as a painter but soon turned to sculpture, creating early Minimalist works like sparely constructed wooden boxes while exploring media such as performance, film, and music (he was a proto-member of the Velvet Underground). He was also at the forefront of the 20th century's Land Art, Conceptual Art, and installation art movements, creating seminal works like The Lightning Field (1977), a series of 400 stainless steel poles arranged in a grid in the New Mexico desert; the viewers’ perception of the work changes with the time of day and atmospheric conditions.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 3 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
Biography

California-born, New York-based Walter De Maria trained as a painter but soon turned to sculpture, creating early Minimalist works like sparely constructed wooden boxes while exploring media such as performance, film, and music (he was a proto-member of the Velvet Underground). He was also at the forefront of the 20th century's Land Art, Conceptual Art, and installation art movements, creating seminal works like The Lightning Field (1977), a series of 400 stainless steel poles arranged in a grid in the New Mexico desert; the viewers’ perception of the work changes with the time of day and atmospheric conditions.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Walter De Maria
Articles Featuring Walter De Maria
Understanding 11 Great Artists through the Instructions They Left Behind
Apr 15th, 2019
The Artist Whose Masterpiece Involved Filling an Apartment with 140 Tons of Dirt
Jan 16th, 2019
What Makes a Minimalist Sculpture Good?
Apr 12th, 2018
Four Years after Walter De Maria’s Death, His Final Work Is Complete
Aug 31st, 2017
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