Born in 1934, Helen Pashgian lives and works in Pasadena, California. Pashgian is a pioneer and pre-eminent member of the California Light and Space movement. Her signature forms include columns, discs and spheres in delicate and rich coloration, often with an isolated element suspended, embedded or encased within.  Pashgian’s innovative application of industrial epoxies, plastics and resins effect semi-translucent surfaces that simultaneously filter and contain illumination. Activated by light, these sculptures resonate in form and spatiality, both inner and outer.

Pashgian was an artist in residence at the California Institute of Technology from 1970-71. She received a National Endowment of the Arts Individual Artist Grant in 1986. In 2013, she was a recipient of the MOCA’s Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts. She was included in Pacific Standard Time: Cross Currents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970 at The Getty Center, in the related Pacific Standard Time exhibition Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface at The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and was the subject of a major solo exhibition, Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art during the spring of 2014. 

EDUCATION

M.A. Boston University, MA
1956-57 Columbia University, NY
1956 B.A. Pomona College, Claremont, CA

SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017
TOTAH, New York, NY, TRANSIENT 

2016
Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Peter Blake Gallery, Expo Chicago, IL

2014
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2011
Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

2010
Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA

2009
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2007
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2006
Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1997
Estelle Malka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1992
Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA

1991
Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA

1990
Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA

1989
Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA

1988
Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA

1987
Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA

1986
Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA

1983
Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1982
Stella Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1981
Stella Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1976
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

1975
University of California, Irvine, CA

1972
Kornblee Gallery, New York, NY

1970
Kornblee Gallery, New York, NY

1971
Kornblee Gallery, New York, NY

1969
Kornblee Gallery, New York, NY

1967
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Rex Evans Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1966
Rex Evans Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1965
Rex Evans Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1964
Rex Evans Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Hayward Gallery, London, UK, Space Shifters
Ochi Gallery and Emily Friedman Fine Art, Ketchum, ID, Water & Light

2015
Mana Wynwood, Miami, FL, Made In California

2014
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, California Dreamin’: Thirty Years of Collecting
Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, A Selection of Artworks

2013
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA, Beyond Brancusi: The Space of Sculpture
Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Translucence

2012
Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970 
Katherine Cone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Jack Brogan: You Don’t Know Jack
Parrish Art Museum, Southhampton, NY, EST-3: Southern California in New York – Los Angeles

2011
Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA, Pacific Standard Time: Phenomenal/California Light, Space, Surface
Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, France, Pacific Standard Time / Paris

2010
David Zwirner, New York, NY, Primary Atmospheres: Works from California 1960-1970
Metro Pictures, New York, NY, SWELL: ART 1950-2010
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, The Artists’ Museum
Thomas Dane, London, UK,Sunless

2009
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA, Le Petit Objet

2007
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, Off The Wall
Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA, Translucence: Southern California Art from the 1960s and 1970s
Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA, The Senses: Selections from the Permanent Collection

2002
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA, Inaugural Exhibition

2000
Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 12 DIVAS

1995
California State University, Fullerton, CA, SHAPE

1994
Madison Art Center, Madison, WI, Conceptual Landscape: 20 California Artists

1993
Boritzer/Gray Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1991
Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Finish Fetish

1989
Fine Arts Gallery, Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA, Art Unlimited

1987
Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA

1986
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA, Selections from Security Pacific Bank Collection

1984
Design Center of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, A Broad Spectrum: Contemporary Los Angeles Painters and Sculptors

1983
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland, An Artistic Conversation: 1931 – 1982 Poland/USA

1982
Donsangbang Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, Los Angeles Artists in Seoul
Museum of Modern Art (ARC), Paris, France, California/International Arts Foundation
Fine Arts Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, For the California Collector
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (ARC); Ulster Museum, Belfast; Echange entre Artistes 1931-1982 Pologne-USA: Une Expérience Muséographique 

1981
California State University, Fullerton, CA, California Innovations
University of California, Irvine, Abstraction in Los Angeles, 1950-1980: Selections from the Murray and Ruth Gribin Collection 
Lonny Gans and Associates, Venice, CA, California I: Light and Space, 1960-1980

1980
Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, Jack Brogan: Projects
Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA, It’s All Called Painting

1979
California State University, Fullerton, CA, California Perceptions: Light and Space – Selections from the Wortz Collections 

1974
University of California, Riverside, CA, Earth, Sea, and Sky

1972
Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, California Women Painters

1971
Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, Sculpture 1971

1970
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Permutations: Light and Color
Studio Marconi Gallery, Milan, Italy, Felix Landau Gallery: George Baker, Tony De Lap, John McLaughlin, Helen Pashgian, John Rosenbaum, Norman Zammitt

1969
Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, Sculpture 1969
Jewish Museum, New York, NY; Milwaukee Art Center; San Francisco Museum of Art, A Plastic Presence 
Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1968
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI, Made of Plastic 

1967
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, James D. Phelan Art Awards Exhibition 

1965
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA, California Design / Nine

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017
Hudson, Suzanne. “Helen Pashgian and Brian Wills.” Artforum, October 2017.

2016
“Helen Pashgian, California’s ‘Grand Dame’, Unveils a New Series of Ethereal Sculptures.” Artsy, December 2016.

2015
Barry, Lita. “Studio Visit With Helen Pashgian: The Leading Lady of Light.” Huffington Post, April 2015.

2014
Zabrodski, Sarah. “Sculpting the Thingness of Light.” Hyperallergic, June 2014.
Pagel, David. “Review: At LACMA’s ‘Helen Pashgian’ Step Back and Watch Magic Happen.” Los Angeles Times, April 2014.
Zimskind, Lyle. “Framed: Not Seeing the Light at LACMA.” Los Angeles Magazine, April 2014.
Croci, Roberto. “Helen Pashgian Enlightenments.” Casa Vogue, April 2014.
Vankin, Deborah. “Artist Helen Pashgian Brings Her Love of Light to LACMA’s Space.” Los Angeles Times, March 2014.

2011
Korek, Bettina. “Materials Magician.” Huffington Post, May 2011.
“Helen Pashgian: Columns & Wall Sculptures.” Culture Monster, February 2011.
Pagel, David. “A Warm Play of Color and Light.” Los Angeles Times, February 2011.

2010
Duncan, Michael. “Helen Pashgian.” Art in America, September 2010.
Smith, Rachel. “Helen Pashgian Exhibit Lights Up Pomona Gallery.” Campus Times, 2010.
Schjeldahl, Peter. “Way Out West.” The New Yorker, January 2010.
Johnson, Ken. “Art in Review.” The New York Times, January 2010.
Hickey, David. “Primary Atmospheres: Works from California 1960-1970.” New York: Steidl/David Zwirner, 2010.

2006
“Optically Oriented: An Exhibition at the Norton Simon Revisits Eye-Teasing Pieces from 1960s and 70s That Are Still Fresh And Snazzy.” Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2006.
Frank, Peter. “Stepping into the Light.” L.A. Weekly, 5 July  2006.
“Playing with Light to Create Illusion.” Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2006.

1997
Kandel, Susan. “Art Reviews.” Los Angeles Times, 16 January 1997.

1993
“Mature Styles.” Los Angeles Times, 20 May 1993.

1991
Knight, Christopher. “From Out West and the ‘Cool School,’ It’s Abstract Pop.”Los Angeles Times, 14 April 1991.

1987
Curtis, Cathy. “Art Galleries: Long Beach.” Los Angeles Times, 23 October 23 1987.

1982
Brown, Betty. “Arts Reviews: Helen Pashgian at Stella Polaris.” Arts Magazine 57, no. 3, November 1982.
Hugo, Joan. “Captured Light.” Artweek 13, no. 33, 9 October 1982.

1981
Bonner, Kathleen. ”Luminous Layerings”, Artweek 12, no. 42, December 12, 1981
Muchnic, Suzanne. “Galleries: Downtown”, Los Angeles Times, December 4, 1981

1975
“Irvine Exhibits Lodato, Pashgian.” Los Angeles Times, 22 December 1975.

1972
“Reviews and Previews.” Art News 71, no. 2, April 1972.
Lubell, Ellen. “Arts Reviews: Helen Pashgian at Kornblee.” Arts Magazine 46, no. 6, April 1972.

1971
Wilson, William. “Caltech Gallery Inaugurated.” Los Angeles Times, 7 June 1971.

1967
“In the Galleries.” Los Angeles Times, 3 November 1967.

1966
Kurzen, Estelle. “Helen Pashgian, Rex Evans Gallery.” Artforum 4, no. 5, January 1966.

1965
“In the Galleries.” Los Angeles Times, 1 November 1965.

1964
Seldis, Henry J. “First Solo Exhibit a Success.” Los Angeles Times, 17 April 1964.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA
Koll Corportation, Newport, CA
NESTLE Corporation, Glendale, CA
Andrew Dickson White Museum, Cornell University, Ithica, NY Bank of America, Los Angeles, CA
Bank of America, Singapore
Fredrick Weisman Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Seattle First National Bank, Seattle, WA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
Walker Associates Inc. Los Angeles, CA
Agnew Miller & Carlson, Los Angeles, CA
Progressive Savings, Los Angeles, CA
Atlantic Richfield Company, Dallas, TX
River Forest State Bank, IL

Articles & Reviews

2018

Getty Conservation Institute. “STUDIOS: Helen Pashgian Erases Physicalities.” The Daily Plinth, December 2018.

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Roffino, Sara. “Let There Be Light.” Cultured Magazine, September 2018.

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2017

Hudson, Suzanne. “Helen Pashgian and Brian Wills.” Artforum, October 2017.

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2016

“Helen Pashgian, California’s ‘Grand Dame’, Unveils a New Series of Etheral Sculptures.” Artsy, December 2016.

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2015

Barry, Lita. “Studio Visit With Helen Pashgian: The Leading Lady of Light.” Huffington Post, April 2015.

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Grazia Meda, Maria,  Comte, Michael. “Women of Today.” Vogue Italia, July 2015.

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Croci, Roberto, Comte, Michel. “Enlightenments.” Casa Vogue, 2015.

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2014

Zabrodski, Sarah. “Sculpting the Thingness of Light.” Hyperallergic, June 2014.

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Pagel, David. “Review: At LACMA’s ‘Helen Pashgian’ Step Back and Watch Magic Happen.” Los Angeles Times, April 2014.

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Zimskind, Lyle. “Framed: Not Seeing the Light at LACMA.” Los Angeles Magazine, April 2014.

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Croci, Roberto. “Helen Pashgian Enlightenments.” Casa Vogue, April 2014.

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Vankin, Deborah “Artist Helen Pashgian Brings Her Love of Light to LACMA’s Space.” Los Angeles Times, March 2014.

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2011

Korek, Bettina. “Materials Magician.” Huffington Post, May 2011.

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“Helen Pashgian: Columns & Wall Sculptures.” Culture Monster, February 2011.

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Pagel, David. “A Warm Play of Color and Light.” Los Angeles Times, February 2011.

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2010

Duncan, Michael. “Helen Pashgian.” Art in America, September 2010.

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Smith, Rachel. “Helen Pashgian Exhibit Lights Up Pamona Gallery.” Campus Times, February 2010.

Schjeldahl, Peter. “Way Out West.” The New Yorker, January 2010.

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Johnson, Ken. “Art in Review.” The New York Times, January 2010.

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Hickey, David. “Primary Atmospheres: Works from California 1960-1970.” New York: Steidl/David Zwirner, 2010.

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Publications

2018
Hayward Gallery, London, UK, Space Shifters
2017
TOTAH, New York,NY, Transient