We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of artist Dan Graham. His artistic practice was highly conceptual and involved a range of media, including writing, photography, film and performance.
The main focus of Graham’s art since the late 1970s was an ongoing series of public architectural installations, which he called pavilions, derived from geometric forms and rendered in plate glass, two-way mirror, and steel armatures. Graham intended his pavilions to function as punctuation marks, pausing or altering the experience of physical space, providing momentary diversion for romance or play, or else as places to delve into other activities, like reading or viewing videos. These deceptively simple structures recall many of the artist’s earlier experiments with perception, reflection, and refraction, but depart from them in their non-gallery setting as long-term additions to the landscape. Dan Graham was connected to the Rijksakademie as advisor in the period 1995–2000. He has been influential for generations of artists and established long-lasting friendships with artists he met at the Rijksakademie.
Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.