Mary Corse


Mary Corse (born 1945) is an American artist who lives and works in Topanga, California. Fascinated with perceptual phenomena and the idea that light itself can serve as both subject and material in art, Corse's practice can be seen as existing at an crossroads between American Abstract Expressionism and American Minimalism. She is often associated with the male-dominated Light and Space art movement of the 1960s, although her role has only been fully recognized in recent years. She is best known for her experimentation with radiant surfaces in minimalist painting, incorporating materials that reflect light such as glass microspheres. Corse initially attended University of California, Santa Barbara starting in 1963. She later moved on to study at Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts), earning her B.F.A. in 1968.

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Corse creates large scale paintings that have incorporated various materials that reflect and transmit light. She emerged in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the West Coast Light and Space movement.The Whitney Museum of American Art mounted a retrospective of her work in 2018.

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Artist, installation artist, painter, sculptor

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Mary Corse

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