“Virginia Dwan”

Galerie Montaigne

In 1965, Virginia Dwan, who had been running a Los Angeles gallery since 1959, decided to open a second space in New York. This enterprise is the subject of this show, which follows a 1990 exhibit in the same space, presenting work she originally exhibited at the California gallery, by the French Nouveaux Réalistes, most notably Yves Klein and Martial Raysse.

Dwan’s New York gallery was active for a relatively short period of time; although it became her pet project after she abandoned activity in Los Angeles in ’67, she finally closed the New York space in 1971. Sol LeWitt, Robert Smithson, Carl Andre, and Dan Flavin, to name a few, each had one-person shows there and, if we also consider the “language shows” that, from ’67 to ’70, brought together numerous artists around the theme of the so-called intrusion of words into the visual field, we get some idea of what was to become the “Dwan

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