Installation view a Taka Ishii Gallery, "Wood Grid Crossing Two-way Mirror”, 2010, aluminum, wood, two-way mirror glass, 230 x 400 x 140 cm / photo: KEI OKANO

Dan Graham was born in 1942 in Urbana, Illinois, raised in Winfield Township, New Jersey. For fifty years, he had spent most of his career in New York and passed away in 2022. Graham’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China (2017); the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio (2016); MAMO, Marseille, France (2015); the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2014); the De Pont Foundation, Tillburg, Netherlands (2014); a traveling retrospective which began at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2009 and traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Graham participated in the Venice Biennale in 2005, 2003, 1976 and multiple Documentas (1997, 1992, 1982, 1977, 1972). He was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters award, New York in 2010; the French Vermeil Medal by the city of Paris in 2001 and the Skowhegan Medal for Mixed Media, New York, 1992. Within Japan, the exhibition, Dan Graham by Dan Graham, was first presented at the Chiba City Museum of Art and subsequently traveled to the Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, both in 2004.

Graham’s practice continues to serve as a model for artists internationally. Early text and performance works, artist films, talks and publications and, most prominently, an ongoing series of public Pavilions serve to question the relevance of distinctions related to media and hierarchy while fostering a sense of play. Graham’s interactions with creators in various fields including architecture and independent music are touchstones within an expanded field of contemporary culture.

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