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Installation view, Mary Corse: Painting with Light, Jul 2 – Sep 5, 2021, The Long Museum, West Bund © Mary Corse, Courtesy The Long Museum, Photo by Xiaoyi Han

Museum Exhibitions

Mary Corse

Painting with Light

Jul 2 – Sep 5, 2021
The Long Museum, West Bund

The Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai presents Mary Corse’s first major museum survey in Asia.

Titled Mary Corse: Painting with Light, the presentation includes more than 25 large-scale works by the artist, who explores geometry and light in her practice. Works in the exhibition span Corse’s pioneering six-decade-long career, highlighting the ways the artist has pushed abstraction to new frontiers.

Among the bodies of work on view in the show are the White Light and Black Light paintings, Black Earth clay-based works, and Corse’s iconic argon Light Boxes, which the artist first created in the 1960s as part of her investigations into varied effects and experiences of light. In much of her work, Corse contemplates perceptions of and reactions to light.

The Long Museum’s exhibition, which is one in a series of recent institutional presentations spotlighting Corse’s achievements and contributions to art history, also features new paintings by the artist. The six new works are presented in the show as part of the artist’s White Inner Band paintings series.

“I’m not interested in painting coming from thought,” Corse told the art magazine Apollo in 2018 on the occasion of her Whitney Museum retrospective. “Thought is finite, thought is the past. By the time you have the thought, it’s over, behind you. It’s more about intuition and feeling.”

Learn more on The Long Museum's (opens in a new window) website.

  • Museum Exhibitions — Mary Corse at The Long Museum, Jun 30, 2021