Synopses & Reviews
American artist Walter De Mariaand#160;is associated with Minimal, conceptual, installation, and land art. He is best known for The Lightning Field
, 1977, a long-term installation in western New Mexico made upand#160;of four hundred pointed stainlessand#160;steel poles arranged in a grid over an area measuring one mile by one kilometer. Despite the role he has played in contemporary art over the past fifty years, few books have been dedicated to the artist. Featuring new paintings and sculptures and never before published texts, this volume explores in detail the works in the artist's first major museum exhibition in the United States:and#160;"Walter De Maria:and#160;Trilogies" at the Menil Collection.
In theand#160;expansive new work the Bel Air Trilogy, 2000and#8211;11, De Maria has combined exacting geometry with the entirelyand#160;unexpected element of three impeccably restoredand#160;1955and#160;Chevrolet Bel Air two-tone hardtops. Each car is pierced by a twelve-foot-long stainless steel rod in the shape of a circle, square, or triangle that runs through the front and rear windshields. The Bel Air Trilogy is joined by De Maria's austere tripartite sculpture with moveable spheres, theand#160;Channel Series, 1972, and The Statement Series, 1968/2011. Building upon his large-scale 1968 canvasand#160;The Color Men Choose When They Attack The Earth, for The Statement Series, the artist created two additional monochrome paintings with engraved stainless steel plates that complement the original piece. The works in this volume are a testament to De Maria's ongoing investigation of the conceptual, the dramatic, theand#160;monumental, the minimal, and the real. Together these three trilogies challenge and broaden our understanding of the artist's work.
Walter De Maria (b. 1935) is known for the expansive and perfectly ordered land art and installations he created in the 1970s. From constructing minimalist spare wooden boxes to using the earth itself as a site for, and element of, his sculpture, he created a diverse body of work that is a testament to his complex investigation of the unseen and the relationship between art, the earth, and the universe.
This book introduces an expansive new work, the Bel Air Trilogy (2000-2011), in which the artist combines exacting geometry with the unexpected element of three 1955 "gypsy-red" Chevrolet Bel Airs. Also included are full-color images of works such as his austere tripartite sculpture Channel Series: Circle, Square, Triangle (1972) and two new monochrome paintings, which complement his large-scale work The Color Men Choose When They Attack The Earth (1968). Accompanying the first major exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on De Maria, a collection of essays by leading scholars examines the defining features of De Maria's work—the conceptual, theatrical, monumental, and minimal.
About the Author
Josef Helfenstein is the director of and Clare Elliott is assistant curator at The Menil Collection.