New York

Barry Le Va

Sonnabend Gallery

Barry Le Va’s work is self-containing, self-defining, self-referring, self-questioning and self-answering. It lays down guidelines and plans according to strict information, but withholds enough of the essential facts to be, in essence, a challenge to the viewer. Those who don’t want to be challenged will probably face the work as purely visual information, linear, Minimal pieces with the artist’s inherent logic showing through.

Those who have followed his work from the early experiments with distribution and process up to the present will probably leap to the challenge of discerning the inner workings of this installation. On the trail of the “solution” to Le Va’s visual problem, this insatiably curious viewer will pass from the installation to the drawings, and possibly to the working sketches of the piece. With this research done, and a tight grasp on abstract perception, the work becomes

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