Artist biography

Dan Graham born 1942

American artist, born in Urbana, Illinois. After running the John Daniels Gallery in New York from November 1964 to June 1965, began working in an area which later came to be known as Conceptual art. This work, beginning with 'Scheme (1965)', was designed to appear only in periodicals. By late 1966, 'Homes for America' and 'Schema (March, 1966)' had appeared. In 1967 was visited by Terry Atkinson and began a series of letter-exchanges which led to 'Schema (March, 1966)' being included in the first number of Art-Language. In addition to Conceptual projects, worked with still photographs of houses and architectural details in 1966 and also completed a quasi-sculptural work using a carousel slide projector (1966) for presentation. These photographic interests led in 1969 to an 80ft photo series, 'Sunset to Sunrise'. Also in 1969 made his first films (Sunset to Sunrise and Two Correlated Rotations) and began performance-works ('Lax/Relax'). TV Camera/Monitor Performance 1970 was his first use of video. Current work involves performance, video and architectural media. First one-man exhibition at the John Daniels Gallery 1969. Lives in New York.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.330