Pace Gallery announced today that it will now represent the trailblazing Los Angeles–based artist Mary Corse in Asia, with a show of her work at its recently inaugurated H Queen’s space in Hong Kong scheduled for May 2019 and another at its Seoul location following in November.
Corse, whose career has now stretched for more than half a century, made her name in the 1960s with minimal installations and paintings that experiment with how light is perceived, using everything from fluorescent light to the microspheres that are blending into highway paint. She’s been grouped together with the Light and Space artists who worked in Southern California contemporaneously with her, though she has resisted that label. “I’m not a landscape painter,” she told my colleague Catherine G. Wagley, in an interview for ARTnews last year. “So if I were in New York I’d do the same thing.”
At the moment, the Whitney Museum in New York is offering up a retrospective of Corse’s work subtitled “A Survey in Light,” which runs through November 25. Her art is also the subject of a long-term presentation at Dia:Beacon in Upstate New York that opened earlier this year.
“Very few artists have been able to express the breadth and depth of light through the medium of painting,” Marc Glimcher, the president and CEO of Pace, said in a statement. “Mary is one of those rare people who has the gift to contain that energetic field within the frame of the canvas.”
Pace, which now operates ten spaces around the globe, said its representation of Corse will proceed in collaboration with her L.A. dealer, Kayne Griffin Corcoran. The artist also works with Lehmann Maupin in New York and Lisson Gallery in London.