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Mary Corse

Mary Corse (b. 1945, Berkeley, California; lives and works in Los Angeles) received her BFA from the University of California in 1963, and her MFA from the Chouinard Art Institute in 1968. One of the few female artists associated with the 1960’s Light & Space Movement in Southern California, Corse is primarily known for her minimalist, monochromatic paintings, which explore perception. 


Corse’s work has been featured in historically significant exhibitions including Light and Space, at the Seattle Art Museum (2015); Reductive Minimalism: Women Artists in Dialogue, 1960–2012, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor (2014); Venice in Venice, a collateral exhibition curated by Nyehaus in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2011); the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (2011); and Phenomenal: California Light and Space, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2011). In 2016, Corse was commissioned by the U.S. General Services Administration to create a work for the new Los Angeles Federal Courthouse building, which will open later in the year.


Her works are in the permanent collections of the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas Austin; Foundation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection, Los Angeles; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Menil Collection, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; Orange County Museum of Art at Newport Beach, CA; Seattle Art Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and other institutions both public and private. Corse is the recipient of the Cartier Foundation Award (1993); the National Endowment For The Arts Fellowship (1975); the Theodoran Award, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1971); and the New Talent Award, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1967).