dan graham

(Urbana, Illinois, 1942. He lives and works in New York)

Dan Graham began his art career in 1964, when he founded the John Daniels Gallery in New York: there he encountered minimalist artists and worked until 1965; then he started creating his own conceptual pieces. In this period, he began an ongoing series of photos that question the relationship between public and private architecture and the ways in which each space affects behavior. His work was very conceptual: he published a series of lists of words (Scheme, 1966) or articles, like Houses for America (1966–1967) where he compares American housing with forms of minimal art. In the 1970s, he became interested in filmed performances, in which the audience participated. With his video-work Present Continuous Past, he slows the image in relation to action. He continued experimenting with the interaction between his works and the public with Pavillions (1978), where he installed glass and mirrors in gardens and open spaces. In the 1980s, he also collaborated with architects, carrying out projects such as the Children’s Pavillion with Jeff Wall in 1989 or the cylindrical mirror inside a cube at the Dia Center of the Arts in New York.

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