Charles Ross: The Substance of Light

  • Hardbound with clear jacket
    10 x 12.5 inches
    354 pages

  • Essays by Thomas McEvilley and Klaus Ottmann

    Interview between Loïc Malle and Charles Ross

    Historical texts by Virginia Dwan, Anna Halprin, Michael Heizer, Steve Katz, Donald Kuspit, Ed Ranney, and Jean-Hubert Martin

  • ISBN: 9781934435496
  • Trade Edition: $65.00
  • Signed Edition: $70.00


Charles Ross’ fascination with light, time, and the space of the stars has given life to a rich artistic career that includes a major earthwork, large-scale prism installations, sculpture, and painting with dynamite. From Star Axis, a vast architectonic earth/star work in the New Mexican desert, to his Solar Burns series made by burning woodpanel monochromes with focused rays of the sun, Ross allows the natural patterns and forces of the cosmos to inform his work. Charles Ross: The Substance of Light is a comprehensive volume that covers over four decades of work and features full-color illustrations of his Solar Spectrum artworks, Star Axis, and his Solar Burns, Star Maps, Dynamite Paintings and Drawings, along with early work and selected architectural commissions, including solar spectrum for the Dwan Light Sanctuary.

This significant monograph includes major essays by Thomas McEvilley and Klaus Ottmann, an extensive interview with Loïc Malle, which profiles Ross’s life and art up to the present, as well as historical texts by Virginia Dwan, Anna Halprin, Michael Heizer, Steve Katz, Donald Kuspit, Ed Ranney, and Jean-Hubert Martin.


Ross has created numerous permanent solar spectrums installations at sites worldwide, including The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC; Meiji University, Tokyo; The Dwan Light Sanctuary, Montezuma, NM; The Harvard Business School Chapel; and The Year of Solar Burns, 1992, Chateau d’Oiron, Oiron, France. He has exhibited extensively since 1961—at Dwan Gallery between 1967 and 1971, where both the minimal and land art movements originated, at John Weber Gallery, New York until the mid ‘80s, and in the Venice Biennale, Lo Spazio in 1986. Most recently his work has shown at at LA MoCA; Reina Sofia, Madrid, ZKM / Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany; Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany; Palazzo Fortuny, Venice.

Ross’s work is held in many collections including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, Costa Rica; Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Lannan Foundation; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Berkley Art Museum; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris; Frederick A. Weisman Museum, Minneapolis; Museum of Fine Arts, New Mexico.  Ross has received numerous grants and fellowships including a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation in 1999 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011.