Gagosian is pleased to present 16-Sided Open Polygon (1984), a stainless steel sculpture by Walter De Maria.
Walter De Maria was born in 1935 in Albany, California, and died in 2013 in Los Angeles. Collections include Dia Art Foundation, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Menil Collection, Houston; Magasin III, Stockholm; museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig (mumok), Vienna; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Recent solo exhibitions include “Walter De Maria: The 2000 Sculpture,” Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (1992, traveled to Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, in 2000; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, in 2012); “Walter De Maria: 1999 Milano 2000,” Fondazione Prada, Milan (1999–2000); “Walter De Maria Retrospective,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2003); and “Walter De Maria: Trilogies,” The Menil Collection, Houston (2011).
De Maria’s permanent installations around the world include The New York Earth Room (1977), New York; The Broken Kilometer (1979), New York; The Lightning Field (1977), Quemado, New Mexico; The Vertical Earth Kilometer (1977), Kassel; Monument to the Bicentennial of the French Revolution 1789–1989 (1989–90), Assemblée Nationale, Paris; Large Red Sphere (2002), Türkentor, Kunstareal München; and Time/Timeless/No Time (2004), Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima, Japan. His sculpture Apollo’s Ecstasy (1990) was included in the 55th Biennale di Venezia in 2013.
On September 22, Dia Art Foundation will present “Walter De Maria: Truck Trilogy” at Dia: Beacon. The sculpture, which De Maria began in 2011, consists of three Chevrolet pickup trucks with polished stainless-steel rods placed vertically in their flatbeds. Truck Trilogy was completed posthumously in 2017 according to De Maria’s original plans.