Dan Graham


Daniel Graham (March 31, 1942 – February 19, 2022) was an American visual artist, writer, and curator in the writer-artist tradition. In addition to his visual works, he published a large array of critical and speculative writing that spanned the spectrum from heady art theory essays, reviews of rock music, Dwight D. Eisenhower's paintings, and Dean Martin's television show. His early magazine-based art predates, but is often associated with, conceptual art. His later work focused on cultural phenomena by incorporating photography, video, performance art, glass and mirror installation art structures, and closed-circuit television. He lived and worked in New York City.

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Graham disavowed Conceptual Art as a term, and identified with no movement or creed, though his work with video, installation, photography, architecture, and text may be considered examples of the genre. He exhibited the work of his peers Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Robert Smithson at the John Daniels Gallery in New York, where he was briefly the curator and director, before showing alongside these and many other Minimalists and Conceptualists during the 1960s and 70s. In the 1980s, Graham became an active observer of New York’s punk and experimental music scenes, collaborating with Sonic Youth and befriending Glenn Branca. His book and film essay Rock My Religion of 1983-1984 linked contemporary music groups to the ecstasy of religious communities. His pavilion structures of glass, steel, and mirrors dominated the latter half of his career, from the 1990s.

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Artist, art critic, conceptual artist, director, founder, installation artist, painter, performance artist, photographer, sculptor, video artist, writer

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Dan Graham, Daniel H. Graham, Daniel H. Graham, Daniel Harry Graham, Dan Grahan, Dan Gureamu

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