Photo: Giovanna Silva
Dan Graham was born in Urbana, Illinois, USA, in 1942. He lives and works in New York. Artist, video maker, writer, curator, art and music critic, Graham is a key figure of Conceptual Art. In 1964, he organized the first exhibition of his friend Sol LeWitt, followed by shows of Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Robert Smithson. In the Seventies, he created performances, videos and films, which analysed audiences’ behaviour and psychology. Since the Eighties, Graham began creating glass and metal pavilions, that fuse together sculpture, architecture and design, in order to trigger a mode of viewing art that embraces the viewers and locates them at the centre of all perceptual experience.
In 2014, the De Pont Museum in Tilburg, the Netherlands, hosted a retrospective titled Models and Beyond. In 2009, Beyond, a major retrospective of the artist toured from the MOCA in Los Angeles, to the Whitney Museum in New York and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. In 2006, Graham exhibited at the Castello di Rivoli, near Turin, Italy. In 2001/2, Dan Graham, Works 1965 – 2000 was hosted by the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris, Kröller - Müller Museum in Otterlo, NL, and Kiasma in Helsinki.
Graham has participated in numerous biennials of Venice (1976, 2003, 2004, 2005), Documenta V, VI , VII, IX , IX and X in Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982, 1992 and 1997), and the Sculpture Project in Münster (1987, 1997) . In 2010, he was honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York.