Peter Alexander (1939)
Born in Los Angeles, Peter Alexander studied at several American Universities as well as at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, thereafter beginning his career as an architect.
In the 1960s, he was among the pioneers of the Light and Space movement in Southern California. Under the influence of Optical Art, Minimalism, and Geometric Abstraction, represented by John MacLaughlin in particular, Alexander sought to explore optical phenomena generated by natural or artificial light as seen through materials such as glass, resin, or cast acrylic, all the while using the latest technologies of the aerospace industry.
Peter Alexander has dedicated himself to the many effects of light through diverse artistic disciplines ever since the 1960s when he began creating translucent resin sculptures. From 1965 to 1972, he designed resin sculptures in pastel colors that seem to emerge suddenly from light itself. In the beginning of the 1970s, he concentrated on painting, drawing, and prints, handling light in a manner that recalls the Impressionists, using colour to render a real sense of atmosphere. His two-dimensional works reveal mastery in the rendering of sun and moonlight, illuminated cities (such as aerial views of the Los Angeles Basin), reflections on water, and the absolute absorption of light in a series of velvety black cats upon bright white ground.
In addition to many other commissions, he has worked with Frank Gehry since the 1980s. One of the latest such commissions is a large painted mural, Blue, for Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall of Los Angeles (2003).
Peter Alexander is represented in many public collections, including: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Contemporary Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
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Art works from Peter Alexander
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