Keith Sonnier

TypeMale
Artist
Associated person(s)
URLsArtist's page (en)
Wikipedia (de)
Wikipedia (en)
Documentation documenta archive (de / en)


Awards
Honour2013Arts and Letters AwardAmerican Academy of Arts and LettersNew York (US)


Exhibitions
Solo exhibition2002Ba–o–Ba BerlinNeue NationalgalerieBerlin (DE)
Solo exhibition1999Environmental Works 1968-1999Kunsthaus BregenzBregenz (AT)
Solo exhibition1971Projects: Keith SonnierMuseum of Modern ArtNew York (US)


Artworks in Collections
Georges PompidouParis (FR)
Museum of Contemporary ArtLos Angeles (US)
Sprengel MuseumHanover (DE)
Stedelijk MuseumAmsterdam (NL)


Publications
Monography2002Hatje CantzKeith Sonnier : Skulptur - Licht - Raum978-3-7757-9124-3Ostfildern-Ruit Wolfgang Häusler, Conrad Lienhardt


2020
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Died

Southampton, New York, USA
18th July 2020

2020
1992
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Projects

Munich, Germany
One of Sonnier's most spectacular works in Europe is the more than 1.2 kilometer long neon artwork »Lichtweg« on connecting level 03 of Terminal 1 at Munich Airport. Due to the constantly changing light colors, the level appears as an experience space.

1992
1968
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Research and teaching

New York, USA
Since the late 1960s, he has included neon tubes and glass, but also other materials such as fiberglass, lead, grease, latex, wire and aluminum, in his work, thereby expanding the conventional definition of sculpture.

1968
1966
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Places of residence

New York, USA

1966
1966
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Education

New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
He returned to the US and graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a master's degree in 1966

1966
1963
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Places of residence

Paris, France
He went to Paris, where he painted.

1963
1963
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Education

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
Sonnier graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelor's degree in art and anthropology in 1963.

1963
1941
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Born

Mamou, Louisiana, USA

1941

Keith Sonnier radically reinvented sculpture in the late 1960s. After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette in 1963, he went on to receive an M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 1966. Sonnier experimented with a wide range of materials and in 1968 began working with neon which quickly became a defining element of his work. Sonnier has been the subject of more than 130 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 360 group exhibitions throughout his career. Sonnier’s architectural neon installations in public spaces have earned him wide acclaim in an international context. More than 20 important public commissions by the artist have been realized since 1981. His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide. In 1974, Sonnier was awarded first prize at the 9th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. He was also two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1975, 1981), and was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1974. His many accolades include the 2013 Arts and Letters Award in Art presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Keith Sonnier currently lives and works in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.

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Ba-O-Ba photo Ba-O-Ba 2002 Keith Sonnier 
Lobbed Shape photo Lobbed Shape 2013 Keith Sonnier