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  • Barry Le Va

    Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania 118 South 36th Street
    January 15–April 3, 2005

    Curated by Ingrid Schaffner

    With his 1960s floor distributions, Barry Le Va secured a place in the discourse on dematerialization and process art. While he shared (anti-) formal concerns with his more celebrated post-Minimal colleagues Robert Morris and Richard Serra, Le Va implemented a priori systems to create structured compositions. This retrospective—Le Va's first major US exhibition in over fifteen years—surveys the artist's oeuvre since the '60s by assembling ten sculptural installations, including one sound work and one new piece, as well as more than a hundred works on paper. Lesser-known photographic and book works also enliven the show. An illustrated monograph featuring essays by Ingrid Schaffner, philosopher Paul Virilio, and art historians Pamela M. Lee and Rhea Anastas.