“Radiant Space” Illuminates Houston with Flashes of the West Coast’s Light and Space Movement
Peter Alexander "like(s) things that glow." One of the pioneering California Light and Space artists of the 1960s, he explores the qualities of transparency, illumination, and color in geometric shapes of resin. This lot (on the market for the first time), is one of his earliest and more rare cast polyester resin pieces. From the "puff" within emanates a glow that refracts a delightful gradient color across the wedge.
Together with copy of receipt from the artist
This lot has a 25% buyer's premium.
Plagens, Peter. "The Sculpture of Peter Alexander." Artforum Oct. 1970: 48-51 for similar example from the same period illustrated.
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist, 1968)
Among the pioneering California-based Light and Space artists, Peter Alexander has spent the course of his career focusing intensely on light and its manifold effects in his sculptures, paintings, drawings, and prints. From 1965-72, Alexander worked with resin, producing subtle, luminous, pastel-hued sculptures that seemed to be crafted from light itself. In the early 1970s, he turned to painting, drawing, and printmaking with an almost Impressionistic handling of light, suffusing the works with color and a palpable sense of atmosphere. Alexander’s two-dimensional works display a masterful handling of sun- and moonlight, city lights, illuminated water, and, in a charming series of drawings of midnight-black cats, the total absorption of light into velvety darkness.
American, b. 1939, Los Angeles, California, based in Santa Monica, California