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Mary Corse Untitled (White, White, Yellow, Beveled), 2015

Mary Corse
Untitled (White, White, Yellow, Beveled), 2015
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas
84 x 84 x 4 inches


Mary Corse was born in Berkeley, California in 1945 and is now known for her minimalist, monochromatic paintings. The artist is often associated with the 1960s Light & Space Movement of Southern California. Often playing with materiality and perception, Corse’s work involves a unique amalgamation of medium as the artist mixes acrylic paint with microspheres (small spherical particles often used in composite manufacturing) to paint vertical bands onto canvas. This unique process that Corse has developed causes an illuminating, oscillating effect in her work that can only truly be appreciated in person. Focused on medium, color, light, and illusion, Corse finds that the push-and-pull between her work and the viewer is of the utmost importance. Corse received her BFA from the University of California in 1963, and her MFA from the Chouinard Art Institute in 1968. Corse’s work is in numerous international public and private collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Menil Collection, Houston, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Seattle Art Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The artist continues to live and work in Los Angeles, California.