Douglas Wheeler

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- 1939
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Globe, Arizona, USA

- 1939
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

 

Biography

As a pioneer of the so-called “Light and Space” movement that flourished in Southern California in the 1960s and 1970s, Doug Wheeler’s prolific and ground-breaking body of work encompasses drawing, painting, and installations that are characterized by a singular experimentation with the perception and experience of space, volume, and light. Raised in the high desert of Arizona, Wheeler began his career as a painter in the early 1960s while studying at the Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles. According to critic and curator John Coplans, Wheeler’s “primary aim as [an artist] is to reshape or change the spectator’s perception of the seen world. In short, [his] medium is not light or new materials or technology, but perception.”1

 

Wheeler’s  first solo exhibitions were held at the Pasadena Art Museum (1968); Ace Gallery, Venice, California and Vancouver (1969); Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf (1970); and Galleria Salvatore Ala, Milan (1975). His work has been included in a number of important exhibitions, including Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Doug Wheeler (Tate Gallery, London, 1970); Rooms (The Institute for Art and Urban Resources at P.S.1, Long Island City, New York, 1976); Ambiente/Arte (37th Venice Biennale, 1976); The First Show: Paintings and Sculpture from Eight Collections 1940-1980 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1983); Sunshine and Noir: Art in LA 1960-1997, (Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, Denmark, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, and Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 1997-1998); and Percepciones en transformación: La Colección Panza del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao (Changing Perceptions: The Panza Collection at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 2000-2001), among others. More recently, Wheeler’s work was the subject of a solo exhibition at 49 Nord 6 Est – FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France (2012) and has been presented in numerous group exhibitions including Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2004); Time & Place: Los Angeles 1957-1968 (Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2008-2009); Primary Atmospheres: Works from California 1960-1970 (David Zwirner, New York, 2010); Phenomenal: Light, Space, Surface, a part of the Getty Research Institute’s Pacific Standard Time initiative (Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 2012); Light Show(Hayward Gallery, London, 2013); Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection (Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, 2014-2015); The Avant-Garde Collection(Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, 2014-2015); and Looking at Tomorrow: Light and Language from the Panza Collection, 1967-1990 (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 2015-2016). In 2014, Wheeler presented a new environment at Palazzo Grassi in Venice in conjunction with the group exhibition The Illusion of Light.

 

Work by the artist is held in major museum collections, including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Wheeler lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

David Zwirner has represented the work of Doug Wheeler since 2011. He has had two solo exhibitions with the gallery, in 2012 and 2014. His third exhibition, Doug Wheeler: Encasements, will be on view at the gallery's 537 West 20th Street location in New York from January 23 to March 5, 2016. 

 

1John Coplans, Doug Wheeler. Exh. bro. (Pasadena, California: Pasadena Art Museum, 1968), n.p (davidzwirner)

 

Awards

 

2010 United States Artists Fellowship
1980 The National Endowment for the Humanities, Writer Fellowship 1976 The National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Fellowship
1971 The John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
1968 The National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Fellowship
1966 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art New Talent Award 

 

Works in collections

 

Glenstone
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California Panza Collection, Milan
Pinault Collection
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf 

 

Group exhibitions

 

2015 Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, May 10 – August 2

Bienal Internacional de Curitiba 2015: Luz Do Mundo, Curitiba, Brazil, October 3 – December 6

Looking at Tomorrow: Light and Language from the Panza Collection, 1967-1990, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, October 24 - February 7, 2016

2014 The Illusion of Light, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, April 13 – December 31 [catalogue]
The Avant-Garde Collection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California,

September 7, 2014 – January 4, 2015 [catalogue]
Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection,

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, November 5, 2014 – January 19, 2015

2013 Light Show, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, January 30 – May 6 [catalogue]

Dynamo: A Century of Light and Motion Art, 1913-2013, Grand Palais, Paris, April 10 – July 22 [catalogue]

2011 Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego and La Jolla, California, September 25, 2011 – January 22, 2012

[catalogue]

2010 Primary Atmospheres: Works from California 1960-1970, David Zwirner, New York, January 8 – February 6 [catalogue]

2009 Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, November 15, 2009 – May 3, 2010

2008 Time & Place: Los Angeles 1957 – 1968, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, October 4, 2008 – January 6, 2009; traveled to Kunsthaus Zürich (as Hot Spots: Rio de

Janeiro/Milano/Los Angeles 1956 – 1969), February 13 – May 3, 2009

[catalogue]
Selections from the Collection of Helga and Walther Lauffs, David Zwirner and

Zwirner & Wirth, New York, May 1 – June 1 [catalogue]
The Panza Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.,

October 23, 2008 – January 11, 2009 [catalogue]

2007 SOCAL: Southern California Art of the 1960s and 70s from LACMA’s Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, August 19, 2007 – March 30, 2008.

2004 Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, March 5 – May 19 [catalogue]

Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 13 – October 3; traveled to Miami Art Museum, November 18, 2004 – May 1, 2005 [catalogue]

2003 Sitings: Installation Art 1969-2002, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, October 12, 2003 – June 7, 2004

2001 Die Sammlung Lauffs I, Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany, March 4 – April 29

2000 Percepciones en transformación: La Colección Panza del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao (Changing Perceptions: The Panza Collection at the Guggenheim Museum),

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, October 10, 2000 – April 22, 2001

[catalogue]
Venice/Venezia: California Art from the Panza Collection at the Guggenheim Museum,

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy, September 2, 2000 – January 7, 2001 [catalogue]

1997 Sunshine and Noir: Art in LA 1960-1997, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, May 16 – September 7; traveled to Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg,

Germany, Novemver 15, 1997 – February 1, 1998; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, May 8 – August 23, 1998; UCLA/The Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, October 7, 1998 – January 3, 1999 [catalogue]

1995 Installations: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Part Two, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, February 12 – May 21

1992 Schwerpunkt Skulptur. Hundertvierzig Werke von Achtzig Künstlern 1950-1990, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany, June 21 – October 11 [catalogue]

1991 When It All Began, James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1987 Highlights of California Art Since 1945: A Collecting Partnership, The Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California, May 29 – July 26

Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles

1986 Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art, 1945-86, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, December 10, 1986 – January 10, 1987

[catalogue]

1983 The First Show: Painting and Sculpture from Eight Collections 1940-1980, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, November 20, 1983 – February 10, 1984

[catalogue]
1981 Riko Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1980 West/East: First Generation Environmental Sculptures, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources at PS1, Long Island City, New York, September 28, 1980 – March 14, 1982

1977 California Perceptions: Light and Space, Fullerton Art Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, California, November 16 – December 13 

1976 Rooms, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources at P.S.1, Long Island City, New York, June 9 – 26 [catalogue]

Ambiente/Arte: arte dal futurismo alla body art, 37th Venice Biennale, July 18 – October 10 [catalogue]

Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era, San Francisco Museum of Art, September 3 – November 21; traveled to National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C., May 20, 1976 – September 11, 1977 [catalogue]

1975 Four Los Angeles Artists, School of Visual Arts, New York, New York; April 14 – May 16

1974 Seventy-First American Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, June 15 – August 11

1973 3D into 2D, Drawings for Sculpture, New York Cultural Center, New York, January 19 – March 11

8th Biennale de Paris: Manifestation Internationale des Jeunes Artistes, Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, September 15 – October 21 [catalogue]

Ace Gallery, Vancouver, October

1970 Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Doug Wheeler, Tate Gallery, London, May 5 – 31, 1970 [catalogue]

1969 Contemporary Paintings from Alumni Collections, Stanford University Art Gallery, Palo Alto, California, January 20 – March 20

Robert Irwin/Doug Wheeler, Fort Worth Community Art Center Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; traveled to Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. [exhibited in Fort Worth and Amsterdam only; catalogue]

Prospect ’69, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, September 30 – October 12
Kompas 4: Westkust USA/West Coast USA, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The

Netherlands, November 21, 1969 – January 4, 1970; traveled to Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, West Germany, January 20 – March 15, 1970; Kunsthalle Bern, April 8 – May 18, 1970 [catalogue]

1965 Rolf Nelson Gallery, Los Angeles 

Solo exhibitions

 

2016 Doug Wheeler: Encasements, David Zwirner, New York, January 23 – March 5
2014 Doug Wheeler, David Zwirner, New York, February 6 – March 29 [extended through

April 5; catalogue, forthcoming]
2012 Doug Wheeler, David Zwirner, New York, January 17 – February 25

Doug Wheeler, 49 Nord 6 Est – FRAC Lorraine – Metz, France, May 24 – November 11 2011 Upside Down: Arctic Realities, The Menil Collection, Houston, April 15 – July 17

[exhibition design; catalogue]

2008 Upside Down: Les Arctiques, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, September 29, 2008 – January 11, 2009 [exhibition design; catalogue]

1984 RM669, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles [installation]
1981 MLJ81, Centro internazionale di sperimentazioni artistiche, Marie-Louise Jeanneret,

Boissano, Italy [installation]
1979 Doug Wheeler, Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles 1975 Doug Wheeler, Galleria Salvatore Ala, Milan

1974 Doug Wheeler, Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, April

1971 Luminiferous Space, Doug Wheeler Studio, Venice, California [installation]

1970 Doug Wheeler, Ace Gallery, Venice, California
Coved Space, Doug Wheeler Studio, Venice, California [installation]
Doug Wheeler, Ace Gallery, Vancouver
Douglas Wheeler. Licht-Bilder, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf, January 26 – February 13

1969 Doug Wheeler, Ace Gallery, Venice, California, November

1968 Doug Wheeler, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California, May 28 – June 30 [brochure] 

DW 68 VEN MCASD 11 photo DW 68 VEN MCASD 11 1968 Douglas Wheeler