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Keith Sonnier: Biographical Documents






1941, Mamou, Louisiana



1963, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, BA

1966, Douglass College, Rutgers University, MFA



Keith Sonnier: Until Today, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana, March 15–June 2, 2019.




Keith Sonnier: Light Works 1968–2017, Galleria Fumagalli, Milan, September 28–December 19, 2018.


Keith Sonnier: Until Today, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, July 1, 2018–January 27, 2019. Traveled to: New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana, March 15–June 2, 2019. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Dis-Play II, Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York, July 1, 2018–May 26, 2019.


Keith Sonnier: Tragedy and Comedy, Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, New York, June 29–July 29, 2018.


Keith Sonnier: “Inflated Works (1965–1966)”, The National Exemplar, New York, April 4–May 20, 2018.


Keith Sonnier: Early Concepts / Recent Sculptures, Castelli, New York, February 23–May 25, 2018.




Keith Sonnier: “Tokibashira and Mardi Gras Masks”, The National Exemplar, New York, October 24–December 9, 2017.


Keith Sonnier: Three Neons / Three Decades, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, January 28–October 8, 2017.




Keith Sonnier: Ebo River and Early Works, Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, New York, November 26, 2016–January 21, 2017. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Selected Works, Galerie Forsblow, Helsinki, Finland, November 25–December 22, 2016.


Keith Sonnier: Light Works, 1968–70, Whitechapel Gallery, London, June 10–September 11, 2016.


Keith Sonnier: Portals, Maccarone, Los Angeles, February 13–May 7, 2016.




Keith Sonnier: Portals, Maccarone Gallery, New York, November 6–December 19, 2015. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: ‘Light Works’, Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, June 12–November 29, 2015. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Portal Drone, Häusler Contemporary, Munich, June 3–July 31, 2015.


Keith Sonnier: Early Neon, Hall Art Foundation’s Galleries in Reading, Vermont, May 9–November 29, 2015. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Castelli Warehouse 1970 / Castelli Gallery 2015, Castelli Gallery, New York, January 14–March 28, 2015.




Keith Sonnier: Elliptical Transmissions, Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art, Southampton, New York, July 17–August 17, 2014. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier, Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Lafayette, Louisiana, March 2014.


Keith Sonnier: Elysian Plain + Early Works, Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, New York, January 24–February 22, 2014. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier: Demi-Lune, Early Neon Works, JGM Galerie, Paris, October 23–November 30, 2013.


Keith Sonnier: Cat Doucet Series, Guy Pieters Gallery, St. Paul de Vence, France, October 19, 2013–February 10, 2014. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Not Neon, National Exemplar, New York, June 18–July 21, 2013.


Keith Sonnier 68–70, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, January 5–February 23, 2013. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier: Cannes Series and Selected Works, Häusler Contemporary Zurich, November 23, 2012–February 22, 2013.


Keith Sonnier: Recent Work in Light, Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke, Belgium, May 7–26, 2012. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Lichtblicke I, BMW Museum, Munich, April 25–August 26, 2012.




Keith Sonnier: Modern Relic and Selected Works, Häusler Contemporary München, Munich, October 21–December 23, 2011.


Keith Sonnier: Works from 1986–2010, Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, October–November 2011.


Keith Sonnier: Files, Leo Castelli, New York, March 10–April 23, 2010. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier: Fluorescent Room, Artclub 1563, Seoul, October 22–December 26, 2010.


Keith Sonnier: Fort Crèvecoeur, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, October 9, 2010–January 2, 2011.


Keith Sonnier: Flocked Relics, Heriard Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, October 2–30, 2010.


Keith Sonnier: Selected Works 1996–2008, The Bernier/ Eliades Gallery, Athens, April 15–May 27, 2010.


Keith Sonnier: ‘Dis-Play II’, JGM Galerie, Paris, March 11–April 30, 2010.


Keith Sonnier: Oldowan Series, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, January 7–February 6, 2010. (Curated by Klaus Kerstess)




Keith Sonnier: Light Installations (1969–70), El Sourdog Hex, Berlin, September 7–October 31, 2009.


Keith Sonnier: Early Sculpture and Drawings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, May 5–June 27, 2009.


Keith Sonnier: Shelf Works 1975/2008, Häusler Contemporary, Zurich, February 26–May 16, 2009.




Keith Sonnier: Recent Work, PaceWildenstein, 32 East 57th Street, New York, November 7–December 6, 2008. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Selected Works, 1994–2004, Texas Gallery, Houston, October 23–December 6, 2008.


Keith Sonnier: Light Sculptures 1981–2007, JGM Galerie, Paris, October 10–November 8, 2008.


Keith Sonnier: Dis-Play and other works, Sadie Coles HQ, London, May 15–June 21, 2008. (Curated by Clarissa Dalrymple)


Keith Sonnier: Sculptural Light Works from the 1980s, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, May 3–June 28, 2008.




Keith Sonnier: Selected Works, 1969/1989/2005, Häusler Contemporary, Munich, October 17, 2007–January 19, 2008.


Keith Sonnier: Early Works, Late Sixties, Leo Castelli Gallery, September 11–October 13, 2007.




Keith Sonnier: Sculpture-Drawing-Media Work, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Connecticut, April 29–June 19, 2005. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Transformer, Selected Works, Arts Club of Chicago, April 22–July 15, 2005. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier, PaceWildenstein, 32 East 57th Street, New York, January 7–February 5, 2005. (Catalogue).




Keith Sonnier: Sculpture 1981–2002, Galerie Proarta, Zurich, November 18, 2004–January 31, 2005. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: SEL Neue Lichtobjekte und Zeichnungen, Häusler Contemporary, Munich, July 2–August 31, 2004.




Keith Sonnier: SEL Series 1978/2003, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, 2003.


Keith Sonnier, Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, October 4–28, 2003.


Keith Sonnier: Neon and Glass 1967–1969; Live Video 1970; Live Sound 1973, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, opened September 24, 2003. Traveled to: Ace Gallery, New York, closed January 24, 2004.


Keith Sonnier, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, September 19–December 24, 2003.


Keith Sonnier: BA-O-BA, Zeichnungen/Objekte, Häusler Contemporary, Munich, January 18–April 19, 2003.




Keith Sonnier: Licht und Architektur Oeffentliche Auftragsarbeiten 1990–1991, Rathaus Galerie, Munich, 2002.


Keith Sonnier: BA-O-BA Berlin, Neue National Galerie, Berlin, November 21, 2002–February 16, 2003. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: SEL Werk, Galerie Jürgen Becker, Hamburg, November 15, 2002–February 28, 2003. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier: O2=O3; Fractured Oxygen=Ozone, Location One, New York, September 20–November 28, 2001.


Keith Sonnier: Zeichnungen und Neonarbeiten, Overbeck Gesellschaft Lübeck, Germany, March 25–May 2001.




Keith Sonnier: La Lumi`ere, Zumtobel Staff Lichtzentrum, Zurich, November 22–December 22, 2000.


Keith Sonnier: New Work 2000, Marlborough Gallery, New York, April 29–June 3, 2000. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier: Environmental Works 1968–1999, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria, October 2–November 28, 1999.


Keith Sonnier Ba-O-Ba 1977; Blatt 1999, Galerie Evelyne Canus, Colle sur Loup, France, July 9–September 4, 1999.


Keith Sonnier: Tri-Parrish, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, July 1999.


Keith Sonnier: The Blatt Series, Kulturmanagement Häusler, Munich, March 26–May 24, 1999.


Keith Sonnier: New Neon, Aktionsforum Praterinsel, Munich, March 26–May 24, 1999. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Sculpture 1966–1998, Marlborough Gallery, New York, January 14–February 13, 1999. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier: Channel Mix, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, March 27–April 26, 1997.


Keith Sonnier: Alternating Currents, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, March 22–April 26, 1997.




Keith Sonnier: Oriental/Occidental, University Art Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts, State University of New York at Stony Brook, November 8–December 14, 1996. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Cat Doucet Series, Galerie Malka Lallouz, Los Angeles, July 18–August 1996.




Keith Sonnier: Drawings—30 Years, 1964–1994, Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New Orleans, May 6–May 31, 1995.




Keith Sonnier: Nightlight ’94, Drawing Center, New York, May 11, 1994. [readings organized by Linda Yablonsky; nstallation by Keith Sonnier]


Keith Sonnier: Multiples and Wall Reliefs, Betsy Senior Gallery, New York, April 28–June 30, 1994.




Keith Sonnier: Werke/Works, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, June 6–August 1, 1993. Traveled to: Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Nurnberg, February 10–April 3, 1994; Kunstverein St. Gallen Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland, June 4–August 28, 1994. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Works on Paper, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, June 4–August 7, 1993.


Keith Sonnier. Oeuvres Choisies 1989–1992.Selection of Works, Galerie Lallouz & Watterson, Montreal, March 20–April 17, 1993.




Keith Sonnier, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida, November 12–December 4, 1992.


Keith Sonnier, Gallery Interform, Osaka, July 1, 1992.


Keith Sonnier, Galerie Carola Mosch, Berlin, May 19, 1992.


Keith Sonnier, Gallery 360-Person’s Weekend Museum, Tokyo, April 17–June 28, 1992. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier, Leo Castelli Graphics, New York, April 4–May 9, 1992.


Keith Sonnier, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, April 4–25, 1992. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier, 65 Thomson, New York, April 4–25, 1992.


Keith Sonnier, Editions Ilene Kurtz, New York, March 27–April 30, 1992.


Keith Sonnier, Musée-Château d’Annecy, Annecy, January 18–March 16, 1992.




Keith Sonnier, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, November 14–December 1991.


Keith Sonnier, Galerie Schroeder, Monchengladbach, March 10–April 20, 1991. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier: The Experience of Space, Liverpool Gallery, Brussels, November 16–December 22, 1990. (Catalogue)


Centric 41: Keith Sonnier, California State University Art Museum, Long Beach, October 2–December 16, 1990. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier, Harkus Gallery, Boston, May 5–June 9, 1990.


Keith Sonnier, Galleria Il Ponte, Rome, April 26–May 1990. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Antenna Series, Blum Helman Gallery, Los Angeles, March 1–April 1, 1990.


Keith Sonnier, Galerie Faust, Geneva, January 26–March 3, 1990.


Keith Sonnier, Halle Sud, Geneva, January 26–March 3, 1990. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier: Expanded File Series 1969–1989, Galerie Jürgen Becker, Hamburg, November 11, 1989–January 20, 1990. Traveled to: Stätisches Museum Abteiber Monchengladbach, March 25–April 13, 1990. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, November–December 1989. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier, Tilden Foley Gallery, New Orleans, September 23–October 31, 1989.


Keith Sonnier: Neon, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., August 2–October 29, 1989. Traveled to: Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, November 14–December 31, 1989. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: New Work, Studio Claudio Guenzani, Milan, June–September 1989.


Keith Sonnier: Neon Sculptures and Drawings, Galleria Schema, Florence, May–June 1989.


Keith Sonnier: Frankfurt Dyads, Galerie Ryzsard Varisella, Frankfurt, April–June 1989.


Keith Sonnier, Galerie Montenay, Paris, February 16–March 11, 1989.


Keith Sonnier: Early Work, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, January 7–28, 1989.


Keith Sonnier: New Work, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, January 7–28, 1989.




Keith Sonnier: Neon Sculpture, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, October 6–December 4, 1988. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier: New Work, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, November 15–December 3, 1987.


Keith Sonnier: New Sculptures, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, November 12–December 19, 1987.


Keith Sonnier: A Ten Year Retrospective 1977–1987 (with Lynda Benglis) Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana, October 9–November 25, 1987. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier, Centre d’Art Contemporain du Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, France, June 6–August 30, 1987. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Works from the 60’s, Galerie Nature Morte, New York, March 1987.




Keith Sonnier, Tilden Foley Gallery, New Orleans, February 22–March 19, 1986.


Keith Sonnier: Works 1969–1974, Galerie Montenay Delsol, Paris, January 30–February 25, 1986.




Keith Sonnier: 7 New Works, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, September 28–October 19, 1985.


Keith Sonnier: Sculptures and Drawings, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, March 23–April 27, 1985.


Keith Sonnier: Tokobashira Series, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, February 23–March 23, 1985.


Keith Sonnier: Ubud Series, Galleria Schema, Florence, January 1985.




Keith Sonnier: Florentine Neon, Galerie Schema, Florence, December 1, 1984.


Keith Sonnier, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, November 17–December 15, 1984.


Keith Sonnier, Armory Gallery, Virginia Polytech Institute, September 18–October 12, 1984.


Keith Sonnier, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, June 8–July 8, 1984. Traveled to: Sakura Gallery, Nagoya, July 16–August 4, 1985; Amano Gallery, Osaka, August 20–September 22, 1984. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Ubud Series, Dom Basor, Mata Hari, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, March 16–April 25, 1984.


Keith Sonnier, Carol Taylor Art, Dallas, February 7–March 3, 1984.




Keith Sonnier, P.S. 1 Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, April 10–June 5, 1983. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier: Extruded Aluminum and Neon Freestanding Works, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, May 1–22, 1982.


Keith Sonnier, Galerie Eric Fabre, Paris, February–March, 1982.


Keith Sonnier: Rangoli: Aluminum works made in India 1981, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, January 30–February 27, 1982.




Keith Sonnier, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Oregon, December 4, 1981–January 17, 1982.


Keith Sonnier, Michelle Lachowsky Gallery, Antwerp, November 1981.


Keith Sonnier: Dom Basor Series, India 1981, David Bellman, Toronto, November 21–December 19, 1981.


Keith Sonnier: Runic Series 1980, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, January 23–March 7, 1981. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier, Galerie France Morin, Montreal, October 3–November 1, 1980.


Keith Sonnier: Pictograms, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, May 27–July 3, 1980.




Keith Sonnier: AM/FM Radio Installation, Galerie Michele Lachowsky, Brussels, October 1979.


Keith Sonnier: Porte Voix, Eric Fabre Gallery, Paris, October 1979.


Keith Sonnier: Expanded SEL Series, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, May 26–June 16, 1979.


Keith Sonnier: BA-O-BA, SEL Series, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, April 8–May 20, 1979. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier: Porte Vue, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, February 1979.




Keith Sonnier: Porte-Voix Audio Installation, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc., The Clocktower, New York, November 15–December 9, 1978.


Keith Sonnier: Simultaneous Regional Editions, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, July 8–August 5, 1978.


Keith Sonnier, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, April 28–June 3, 1978.


Keith Sonnier: Lithographs, Castelli Graphics, New York, April 8–29, 1978.


Keith Sonnier: Black Ground Series Drawings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, April 1–15, 1978.




Keith Sonnier: Send/Receive Satellite Network, New York City—San Francisco Bay, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, and Keith Sonnier Center for New Art Activity, New York, September 10–11, 1977.




Keith Sonnier: ABACA Code: Hand Cast Paper Sculpture and other Work 1969–1976, Sender/Creigh Gallery, Coronado, California, October 7–29, 1976.


Keith Sonnier, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, February 8–22, 1976.




Keith Sonnier, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, November 6–26, 1975.


Keith Sonnier: Air to Air, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, and Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, February 8–22, 1975.




Keith Sonnier: Ba-O-Ba 1969–1974/Neon and Glass, Sender/Creigh Gallery, Coronado, California, and Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, November 22–December 14, 1974.


Keith Sonnier: Radio Mix, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, March 9–30, 1974.




Keith Sonnier: Send/Receive/Send, The Kitchen, New York, November 24–November 30, 1973 (collaboration w/ Mabou Mines).


Keith Sonnier, Ace Gallery, Venice, California, October 20, 1973.




Keith Sonnier Live and Channel Video, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, February 26–March 18, 1972.




Projects: Keith Sonnier, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 5–August 8, 1971.


Keith Sonnier, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, April 30–May 26, 1971. (Catalogue)




Keith Sonnier: Videotapes, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, October 13–November 9, 1970.


Keith Sonnier, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, September 4–October 4, 1970. (Catalogue)


Keith Sonnier Live Video, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, July–August 1970.


Keith Sonnier, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, March 7–28, 1970.




Keith Sonnier, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, September 25–October 16, 1968.




Keith Sonnier, Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1966.