ABOUT THE BOOK
Recognized as a “legendary dealer, the grande dame of the avant-garde” (The New York Times), Virginia Dwan showed artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Joan Mitchell and more at her Los Angeles gallery in the 1960s. Since then Dwan has pursued her own artistic practice, and has dedicated the last three and a half years to documenting military graves in cemeteries across the United States. This collection of photographs serves as striking evidence of the ever-growing number of lives lost as a consequence of war. Though the work is political, the volume is purely visual, without comment—just page after page of headstones. The only text in the book is the late Pete Seeger’s question, “Where have all the flowers gone?” The images speak for themselves.
This book will debut at and accompany the traveling exhibition From Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery 1959–1971, a major show of 250 works by 52 artists from the Virginia Dwan Collection and supplemental works that Dwan exhibited from other collections to tell the story of her remarkable career as a gallerist and patron. The work will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC in September 2016 and will travel to LACMA in 2017.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Virginia Dwan (born 1931) is an American photographer, art collector, art patron, philanthropist, visionary and founder of the Dwan Light Sanctuary in Montezuma, New Mexico. She is the former owner and executive director of Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles (1959–1967) and Dwan Gallery, New York (1965–1971), a contemporary art gallery closely identified with the American movements of Minimalism, Conceptual Art, and Earthworks.