Gary Lang (b. 1950) is recognized as one of the most distinguished artists in western Contemporary Art, and no account of recent art history would be complete without mention of his iconic concentric circle paintings. To connect his work contextually to that of modern colorists such as Josef Albers and Frank Stella seems only logical; however, Lang’s methodology can be better understood when compared to that of a classical painter. His physical act of painting requires intense focus on the interaction between brush, hand, paint and canvas. This level of concentration compels Lang to be “hyper-present” with his works—an element that translates from artist to viewer. The artistic evolution of Gary Lang, from 1975 to today, has been an investigation into the dynamics of visual consciousness articulated through his demanding paintings.
Gary Lang installing a painting with the help of staff at the Museum of Art and History (MOAH), Lancaster, California. Photo: Eric Minh Swenson.
In 1987, Lang rekindled a thread he began in the late 70's completing his first shaped concentric circle painting, laying the groundwork for what can only be called an unending love affair with this painting methodology. These circles, or “tondos” are undeniably his most iconic style and have consumed him since. His distinguished career boasts significant museum and solo exhibitions worldwide, including but not limited to, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the McNay Museum, San Antonio; The Haags Gementemuseum, The Hauge, Netherlands; the Institute of American Studies, Barcelona, Spain; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China; the Museum Ludwig, Koln, Germany; Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; and the United Nations Plaza, New York.
His paintings can be found in significant private and public collections internationally and has been critically reviewed in numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Reader, Art Week, KCRW Art Talk, Art & Auction, The Wall Street Journal, ARTFORUM, ArtNews, and Art in America. Gary Lang now lives and works in Southern California.
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Find below a selection of available works from the artist Gary Lang. Please contact for price.
Gary Lang, ROCK & BANG, 2010, Acrylic on canvas,11’ dia
Gary Lang, REDRISINGTWO, 2016 72” dia, a/c
Gary Lang, REDRISINGELEVEN, 2016, 54” dia, a/c
Gary Lang, NEW PIECE (METALSUN), 2016-7, 44” dia, a/c
Gary Lang, BLUELIGHT, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 113” dia