Keith Sonnier

TypeArtist
Male
Associated person(s)
URLsArtist's page
Wikipedia
Documentation


Awards
Honour2013Arts and Letters AwardAmerican Academy of Arts and LettersNew York


Exhibitions
Solo exhibition2002Ba–o–Ba BerlinNeue Nationalgalerie, BerlinBerlin
Solo exhibition1999Environmental Works 1968-1999Kunsthaus Bregenz, BregenzBregenz
Solo exhibition1971Projects: Keith SonnierMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkNew York


Artworks in Collections
Georges Pompidou, Paris;Paris
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los AngelesLos Angeles
Sprengel Museum, Hannover, GermanyHannover, Germany
Stedelijik Museum, AmsterdamAmsterdam


Publications
Monograph2002Hatje CantzKeith Sonnier : Skulptur - Licht - Raum978-3-7757-9124-3Ostfildern-Ruit Wolfgang Häusler, Conrad Lienhardt


1992
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Projects

München, Deutschland
Eines der spektakulärsten Werke Sonniers in Europa ist das über 1,2 Kilometer lange Neonkunstwerk »Lichtweg« auf der Verbindungsebene 03 des Terminal 1 auf dem Flughafen München. Durch die ständig wechselnden Lichtfarben erscheint die Ebene als Erlebnisraum.

1992
1968
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Research and teaching

New York, USA
Seit den späten 1960er Jahren bezog er Neonröhren und Glas, aber auch andere Materialien, wie Fiberglas, Blei, Fett, Latex, Draht und Aluminium, in sein Werk ein und erweiterte damit den herkömmlichen Skulpturenbegriff.

1968
1963 - 1966
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Education

Lafayette/New York, USA
Sonnier schloss sein Studium der Kunst und Anthropologie an der University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette 1963 mit dem Bachelor ab. Anschließend ging er nach Paris, wo er malte. Er kehrte in die USA zurück, machte 1966 an der Rutgers University in New Brunswick seinen Master-Abschluss und siedelte nach New York über

1963 - 1966
- 1941
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Born

Mamou, Louisiana, USA

- 1941

Keith Sonnier radically reinvented sculpture in the late 1960s. After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette in 1963, he went on to receive an M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 1966. Sonnier experimented with a wide range of materials and in 1968 began working with neon which quickly became a defining element of his work. Sonnier has been the subject of more than 130 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 360 group exhibitions throughout his career. Sonnier’s architectural neon installations in public spaces have earned him wide acclaim in an international context. More than 20 important public commissions by the artist have been realized since 1981. His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide. In 1974, Sonnier was awarded first prize at the 9th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. He was also two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1975, 1981), and was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1974. His many accolades include the 2013 Arts and Letters Award in Art presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Keith Sonnier currently lives and works in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.

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Ba-O-Ba photo Ba-O-Ba 2002 Keith Sonnier 
Lobbed Shape photo Lobbed Shape 2013 Keith Sonnier