Dan Flavin, Untitled (to Jan & Ron Greendberg), 1972-73
November 16, 2007 — February 24, 2008
The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light includes more than seventy works of art from the Panza Collection, which is now dispersed in Varese, Verona, New York, and Los Angeles. In consultation with Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, whose vision has guided the project from the start, Gallery Director Louis Grachos and Senior Curator Douglas Dreishpoon have selected the objects and artists to be featured.
Color and light are the key concepts used to select and organize this exhibition, which explores the use of these elements by artists from the 1960s to the present. Beginning with artworks by pioneers in the use of actual light – fluorescent light in works by Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin, and Bruce Nauman’s use of neon light – the exhibition continues to the present with the visual light embodied in monochromatic paintings and sculptures by such artists as Daniel Levine, David Simpson, Phil Sims, Anne Truitt, and Anne Appleby. The exhibition not only traces this historical development of color and light in contemporary art, it also illuminates the continuing evolution of Panza’s philosophic interest in these elements, as realized in many of the works of art he has collected since 1956. A discrete installation is devoted to each of the sixteen artists, highlighting Panza’s penchant for collecting an artist’s work in-depth and allowing for more concentrated study of each artist included.