Mary Corse: A Survey in Light
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Narrator: Welcome to Mary Corse: A Survey in Light. For almost fifty years, Mary Corse has devoted herself to one central problem: the relationship between painting and light. Working ambitiously and experimentally—she once described herself as a kind of “mad scientist”—she’s created a body of work that is both beautiful and thought-provoking.

The exhibition follows Corse from downtown Los Angeles—where she studied and had her first studio—to Topanga Canyon, in the Santa Monica mountains just outside of Los Angeles. She moved to Topanga in 1970, and has lived and worked there ever since. 

On this tour, we’ll hear from the exhibition’s curator, as well as the artist herself. We’ll begin with a painting she made in 1964. It’s an octagonal canvas, painted blue.


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