Keith Sonnier

Born: 1941

Hometown: Mamou, LA

Lives and Works: New York, NY


Education: University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, 1963
BA, Douglas College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1963
MFA, Douglas College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1966

Works by the Artist

Keith Sonnier Bio

About The Artist

Working in performance, video, sculpture, and printmaking, Keith Sonnier became widely recognized in the 1960s for his pioneering use of light in sculpture. Incorporating materials not traditionally associated with fine art into his works— including latex, satin, bamboo, and other found objects—Sonnier began to create sculptural works that challenged the conception of art at the time, and which went on to redefine contemporary sculptural practices. Beginning in 1968, Sonnier began to use neon in his work, which he continues to do to this day. More recently, he has also began working on large-scale projects and commissions that allow him to explore the relationship between light, architectural space, and atmosphere. 

Sonnier's work has been exhibited extensively, including solo shows at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Austria's Kunsthaus Bregenz. 



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