Gary Lang


Born:                 1950, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1974                  

    M.F.A., Yale University, New Haven, CT
    Fulbright/Hayes Travel Grant, Barcelona, Spain

  • 1972                  

    B.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

  • 1971                   

    Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, NY

  • 1970

    Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibitions
  • 2015

    Circles and Lines, KM Fine Arts, Chicago, IL

  • 2014

    Circles and Words, ACE Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
    Words and Consequences, Blackboard Gallery, SCIART, Camarillo, CA

  • 2013

    Whim Wham, MOAH – Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA
    Edging Reason- Words, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA

  • 2010

    Dividing Time, Video Installation, McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX
    Circles, Mikimoto, Beverly Hills, CA

  • 2009

    Gary Lang, Circles Lines Grids, ACE Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

  • 2008                 

    Out Standing Time, Crisp Museum, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO

  • 2006                 

    Gary Lang, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA

  • 2005                 

    Sageing, Seven New Paintings, Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ

  • 2004                 

    Abundance Automata, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands
    Gary Lang, California Paintings, Galerie Zurcher, Paris

    Circling Madison, MMOCA, Garden Commission, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

  • 2003                 

    Four New Paintings, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
    Gary Lang, Galerie Trabant, Vienna, Austria

    • Circles and Cycles, A Chance Garden phase 2, The Color Project, The Flower Fields in

    Carlsbad, Public Garden Commission, Carlsbad, CA

    Paintings, Gallery K, Kurashiki, Japan

  • 2001                  

    Mirrors, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
    Native, Crocker Plaza, courtesy Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

    California Drip Lines, Stark Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2000                 

    Open Studio, International Studio/Curatorial Program, New York, NY

  • 1999                 

    Diamond Paintings, Stark Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1998                 

    Testimonials, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
    Intimate Works, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

  • 1997                  

    Gary Lang, Paintings & Objects 1975-1997, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

  • 1996                 

    Hague Project: Large Scale Wall Pieces, Crosby Street Project, New York, NY
    Circle Paintings 1990-96, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

  • 1993

    Gary Lang, Galeria Cadaques, Cadaques, Spain

  • 1992                  

    New Work, Michael Klein Inc., New York, NY

  • 1991                  

    Plaid Paintings, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1987                  

    Site Installation, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI

  • 1980                 

    Weapons, L.A.C.E. Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1975                  

    Institute of American Studies, Barcelona, Spain
    Centro Cultural de los Estados Unidos, Madrid, Spain

  • 1974                  

    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Selected Group Exhibitions
  • 2015

    2015 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
    conTEXTual abstraction, Curated by Mat Gleason, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

  • 2014

    California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California, Oceanside Museum of Art, CA

  • 2013

    Outside: Selections from the Doug Simay Collection, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
    Julian Pretto Gallery, Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2012

    Ace Gallery, Bevery Hills, CA

  • 2011

    Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

  • 2009

    QUINT: Three Decades of Contemporary ART, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA

  • 2008                 

    Dividing Time, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

  • 2007                 

    An Eclectic Eye, Selections from the Dan Leach Collection, Tuscon Museum of Art, Tuscon, AZ
    Tenth Anniversary, SCIART, Cal State University, Camarillo, CA

  • 2005                 

    Southern Exposure, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
    Canard etait toujours vivant, Panorama de la peinture contemporaine, Abbaye Saint-Andre Centre d’art contemporain, Meymac, France

  • 2004                 

    Specific Objects: The Minimalist Influence, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
    World Peace (20th Anniversary of Bijutsu Sekai), Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai

    Rupertinum Museum of Contemporary Art, Salzburg, Austria

  • 2003                 

    Nine Artists Installed, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
    Continuous Senses, Kurashiki City Art Museum, Kurashiki, Japan

  • 2002                 

    Minimal, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands

  • 2001                  

    Gallery Artists, Brian Gross Fine Art, Shasta College Art Gallery, Shasta College Art Department, Redding, CA
    Chouinard: A Living Legacy, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA

  • 1999                 

    Apprendre a Regarder, HEC Campus, Paris

  • 1998                 

    I Love New York-Crossover of Contemporary Art, Museum Ludwig, Koln, Germany

  • 1997                  

    Current Themes, Persistent Dialogues: Works from the Maslow Collection, Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA

    La Regle et L’Emotion, Centre Xavier Battini, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

  • 1996                 

    The Collection of Julian Pretto, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

  • 1995                  

    Arresting Images, Gallery 400, The University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

  • 1993                  

    The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

  • 1991                  

    The Grid, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ
    Fluid Geometry, Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College, New London, CT

  • 1989                 

    Artists of the 80’s, Sordoni Gallery, Wilkes College, PA
    Coming of Age, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI

  • 1988                 

    Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY

  • 1987                  

    Working in Brooklyn/Painting, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

  • 1986                 

    Paris Bienale, Paris

  • 1985                  


    Bill and Merry Norris Collection, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA
    Recent Painting in Southern California, Fisher Gallery, USC, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1984                 

    Crime and Punishment, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
    A Broad Spectrum: Contemporary Los Angeles Painters and Sculptors, Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1983                  

    Plains Museum of Art, Fargo, ND

  • 1981                  

    Sanders Collection, Plains Art Museum, Moorehead, MN
    The New Art of Downtown Los Angeles, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI (traveled to 4 N. American Museums)

  • 1978                  

    United Nations Plaza, New York, NY

  • 1974                  

    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

  • 1972                  

    Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Selected Collections
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
    Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
    Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
    Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
    Gemeentemuseum den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands
    Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
    Menil Collection, Houston, TX
    Museum of Art Contemporain, Angers, France
    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
    Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
    Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
    Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Fe, NM)

Selected Awards & Grants
  • 2015

    Arts & Letters Award, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY

  • 2000                 

    International Studio Program Award, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

  • 1998                 

    Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant Recipient

  • 1974                  

    Fulbright/Hayes Travel Grant Recipient
    N.E.A., Yale University, Sculpture Commission for the City of New Haven, CT


My painting process is a vehicle for crossing the threshold. Simply put, it is a spiritual adventure that employs discipline and savors changeability. The wellspring source of the work is a mutating truth, which is what I nurture and what I am.

It has been said that the work has an uplifting affect on the viewer. This is not surprising to me when I consider that the process is ultimately a pleasure driven meditation on accumulating and organizing energy, while investigating the potential of color. The completion of a painting can take from several months to a few years. For me, they are testimonials, and the process an event.

The paintings define infinity in their own terms, and are visual odysseys that both welcome and hold the viewer in epic time and space. The painted object is a vehicle for transforming the moment, the power of which is unleashed in its presence.

— Gary Lang, NYC 1998