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.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2017

TRANSIENT, TOTAH, New York, NY

 

2016

Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach CA

Peter Blake Gallery, EXPO Chicago, IL

 

2014

HELEN PASHGIAN: LIGHT INVISIBLE, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

 

2011

Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

 

2010

WORKING IN LIGHT, 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

Stell Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

1976

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

 

1975

University of California, Irvine, CA

 

1972

Kornblee Gallery, New York, NY

 

1971

Kornblee Gallery, New York, NY

 

1970

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

 

GROUP EXHIBTIONS

 

2015

MADE IN CALIFORNIA, Mana Wynwood, Miami, FL

 

2014

CALIFORNIA DREAMING’: THIRTY YEARS OF COLLECTING, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

A SELECTION OF ART WORKS, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2013

BEYOND BRANCUSI: THE SPACE OF SCULPTURE, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA

TRANSLUCENCE, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

 

2012

PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: CROSSCURRENTS IN L.A. PAINTING AND SCULPTURE, 1950-1970, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

JACK BROGAN: YOU DONT KNOW JACK, Katherine Cone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

EST-3: SOUTHER CALIFORNIA IN New York – LOS ANGELES Parrish Art Museum, Southhampton, NY

 

2011

PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: CROSSCURRENTS IN L.A. PAINTING AND SCULPTURE, 1950-1970, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: PHENOMENAL/CALIFORNIA LIGHT, Space, Surface, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA

PACIFIC STANDARD TIME / PARIS, Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, France

 

2010

PRIMARY ATMOSPHERES: WORKS FROM CALIFORNIA 1960-1970, David Zwirner, New York, NY

SWELL: ART 1950-2010, Metro Pictures, New York, NY 2009 Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA

THE ARTISTS’ MUSEUM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

SUNLESS, Thomas Dane, London, UK

 

2009

LE PETIT OBJET, Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA

 

2007

OFF THE WALL, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM 2007 Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2006

TRANSLUCENCE: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ART FROM THE 1960s AND 1970s, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
THE SENSES: SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA

 

2002

INAUGURAL EXHIBITION, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

 

2000

12 DIVAS, Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

1995

SHAPE, California State University, Fullerton, CA

 

1994

CENCEPTIONAL LANDSCAPE: 20 CALIFORNIA ARTISTS, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI

 

1993

Boritzer/Gray Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

1991

FINISH FETISH, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

 

1989

ART UNLIMITED, Fine Arts Gallery, Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA

 

1987

Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA

 

1986

SELECTIONS FROM SECURITY PACIFIC BANK COLLECTION, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

 

1984

A BROAD SPECTRUM: CONTEMPORARY LOS ANGELES PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS, Design Center of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

 

1983

AN ARTISTIC CONVERSATION: 1931-1982, Poland/USA Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland

 

1982

LOS ANGELES ARTISTS IN SEOUL, Donsangbang Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

CALIFORNIA/INTERNATIONAL ARTS FOUNDATION, Museum of Modern Art (ARC), Paris, France

FOR THE CALIFORNIA COLLECTOR, Fine Arts Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

ECHANGE ENTRE ARTISTES 1931-1983 POLOGNE-USE: UNE EXPERIENCE MUSEOGRAPHIQUE, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (ARC); Ulster Museum, Belfast

 

1981

CALIFORNIA INNOVATIONS, California State University, Fullerton, CA

ABSTRACTION IN LOS ANGELES 1950-1980: SELECTIONS FROM THE MURRAY AND RUTH GRIBIN COLLECTION, University of California, Irvine

CALIFORNIA I: LIGHT AND SPACE, 1960 -1980, Lonny Gans and Associates, Venice, CA

JACK BROGAN: PROJECTS, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

IT’S CALLED PAINTING, Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA

 

1979

CALIFORNIA PERCEPTIONS: LIGHT AND SPACE – SELECTIONS FROM THE WORTZ COLLECTIONS, California State University, Fullerton, CA

 

1974

EARTH, SEA, AND SKY, University of California, Riverside, CA

 

1972

CALIFORNIA WOMEN PAINTERS, Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

 

1971

SCULPTURE 1971, Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

 

1970

PERMUTATIONS: LIGHT AND COLOR, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

 

1969

SCULPTURE 1969, Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA,

A PLASTIC PRESENCE, Jewish Museum, New York, NY; Milwaukee Art Center; San Francisco Museum of Art

 Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

1968

MADE OF PLASTIC, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI

 

1967

JAMES D. PHELAN ART AWARDS EXHIBITION, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco

 

1965

CALIFORNIA DESIGN/NINE, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA


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 Rich eld Company, Dallas, TX
River Forest State Bank, IL

Articles & Reviews

2017

Suzanne Hudson, “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

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

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2014

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

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

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

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

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

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2011

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

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

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

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2010

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

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

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

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Ken Johnson,

“Art in Review”,

The New York Times. January 2010.

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

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