Los Angeles

Doug Wheeler

ACE Gallery

Five years ago, “light artist” connoted not only certain materials, but style as well, pigeonholing the artist as equal parts technical innovator and radical esthetician; now, the distinctions among artists such as Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin and Doug Wheeler are obvious and essential. (Irwin is more or less a painter, Wheeler a phenomenologist and Flavin is, well, Flavin.) Doug Wheeler’s single new work is “mature”; that, and the tenor of the times establish Wheeler as an individual(ist) sensibility, rather than a mere technological militant.

The new work is a lighted wall in a large room specially constructed to hold it. The wall, which one faces after entering the room at a corner and turning right, is 15 feet high by 30 feet wide. The three other walls differ in not being directly illuminated, and in being either plain or punctured by doorways, but the room is square and the walls are the

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