Walter De Maria
1935–2013

Introduction

Walter Joseph De Maria (October 1, 1935 – July 25, 2013) was an American artist, sculptor, illustrator and composer, who lived and worked in New York City. Walter de Maria's artistic practice is connected with minimal art, conceptual art, and land art of the 1960s.

LACMA director Michael Govan said, "I think he's one of the greatest artists of our time." Govan, who worked with De Maria for a number of years, found De Maria's work "singular, sublime and direct".

Wikidata identifier

Q126506

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Introduction

De Maria worked in genres that came to be called earthworks, Conceptual Art and Minimal art. He studied music and performed as a percussionist in jazz and rock groups in New York in the 1960s, including an early incarnation of the Velvet Underground. Perhaps best known for large-scale outdoor works that often involved simple ideas rendered in grand ways: his Earth Room in New York City, and The Lightning Field in New Mexico are two well-known examples.

Country of birth

United States

Roles

Artist, installation artist, painter, photographer, sculptor

ULAN identifier

500041866

Names

Walter De Maria, Walter Joseph De Maria

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