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

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, February 2010

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

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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, July 25, 2006

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1997

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

1993

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

1991

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

1987

Curtis, Cathy. “Art Galleries: Long Beach”, Los Angeles Times, 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, October 9, 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,  December 22, 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, June 7, 1971

1967

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1966

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

1965

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

1964

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

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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Roberto Croci and Michel Comte: “Enlightenments”, Casa Vogue. 2014

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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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