Mary Corse

Long-term view, Dia Beacon


A pioneer of light-based art, Mary Corse is one of the few women associated with the Light and Space movement that originated in Southern California in the 1960s. Throughout her career Corse has experimented with different ways to physically imbue her paintings with light. Her techniques have included the use of electric light, ceramic tiles, and glass microspheres, with which she creates simple geometric configurations that give structure to the luminescent internal space of her paintings. This focused presentation of Corse’s painting, examines her treatment of internal compositional space—using geometric form in juxtaposition with gestural brushwork—from the 1960s to the present. These works open themselves up to their environment, reflecting and refracting light, and invite a perceptual encounter that is grounded in both vision and movement.

Mary Corse is made possible by major support from the Ric and Suzanne Kayne. Additional support is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

Related Exhibition
In June 2018 the Whitney Museum of American Art will present Mary Corse’s first solo museum survey, Mary Corse: A Survey in Light, bringing together the artist’s key bodies of work. The exhibition will travel to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from July 28–November 10, 2019. 

On October 12, the Whitney and Dia will join together to present a symposium at the Whitney reflecting on Corse’s career and bringing forth new perspectives on her work. For more information, click here.


Mary Corse

Mary Corse was born in Berkeley in 1945. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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