Jan 15–Apr 3, 2005

Accumulated Vision

Accumulated Vision, 2005, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.
About

American artist Barry Le Va (b. 1941, Long Beach, CA; d. 2021, New York City, NY) was among the most important figures to emerge during the late 1960s. Named for a series of installations from the 1970s, Accumulated Vision surveys the artist’s work from the 1960s to 2005. This was the first major American presentation of Le Va’s art in over ten years and the very first to bring together not only the artist’s well known large-scale sculptures and drawings, but also his works in other media, including photography, sound, and books, for which he was less known.

Since the late 1960s, Le Va used broken glass, meat cleavers, wool felt, ball bearings, powdered chalk, cast concrete, paper towels, linseed oil, a typewriter and a gun, among other things, to make his art. Part of a generation intent on knocking art off its pedestal, Le Va claimed the floor as his field of operations by scattering massive amounts of materials, or forms, to create works which he called “distributions.” Apparently random, even chaotic, these installations were in fact premeditated and executed according to plan.

Not surprisingly, drawing played a significant role in the work of this artist whose formative training was in architecture. Le Va’s distributions made him one of the leading practitioners of Post-minimalism and Process Art. But his own, preferred, frame of reference came not from recent art history, but from mystery novels, likening his own installations to crime scenes and inviting viewers to look for clues to reconstruct the (often violent) act or concept that underlies them.

Installation Views
Books & Editions
Barry Le Va: Accumulated Vision book cover

A fully illustrated catalogue featuring 300 images, Le Va’s exhibition history, a bibliography, and 4 scholarly essays by exhibition curator Ingrid Schaffner, philosopher Paul Virilio and art historians Pamela Lee and Rhea Anastas. This is the definitive survey of Le Va’s work.

ISBN
0884541061
Publisher
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
Year
2005
$45.00
ISBN 0884541061
Publication Date
2005
Authors
Rhea Anastas, Pamela Lee, Ingrid Schaffner, Paul Virilio
Authors
Rhea Anastas, Pamela Lee, Ingrid Schaffner, Paul Virilio
Publisher
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
Price
$45.00
ICA is grateful for the generous support of the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI), funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the University of the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; The Henry Luce Foundation; Mari & Peter Shaw; The Fifth Floor Foundation, and Robert J. Dodds, III. Additional support has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Dietrich Foundation Inc., the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA, and the University of Pennsylvania.