Project Description

1939-1998

Eric Orr, along with Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Doug Wheeler, and James Turrell, pioneered the Light and Space movement in the late 1960s and ‘70s, a genre primarily concerned with perceptual experience stemming from the viewer’s interaction with the work. Orr worked in installation, performance, sculpture, and painting throughout his career.  In his paintings the artist enjoyed using elemental qualities of natural materials, such as stone, metal, water, fire, gold leaf, dry ice, dust, blood, and lead.  This work The Other Side of Red #5 belongs to a group of paintings called “Time Windows” completed during the 1980s and ’90s.  “Time Windows” contain glowing electric blue or bright red rectangles with soft halation or auras along the edges.  Squares or rectangles visually float within them, reminders of the portals of his early installation works.  His paintings blur space via complex relationships of color and gesture, and much like his light and space installations allow for a perceptual experience for each individual viewer.

Eric Orr’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; The Norton Collection, Santa Monica, CA; San Francisco Museum of Art; Chemical Bank, New York, NY; The Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA; The Robert Rowen Collection, Pasadena, CA; Mitsui Fudosan Collection, Tokyo, Japan; as well as many others.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014
Paintings, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2007
Eric Orr- A Survey of Works, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1997
Anders Tornberg Gallery, Sweden
1984
Eric Orr: A Twenty Year Survey, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
1984
Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1983
Foster Goldstrom Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
1982
Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1982
Taylor Gallery, Taos, NM
1981
Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1980
Silence and the Ion Wind, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1980
Infinite Gold Void, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1979
Chemical Light, Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1978
Drawings for the Gold Room, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1978
Seasons of the Fountain, Larry Bell + Eric Orr, Delahunty Gallery, Dallas, TX
1976
Sunrise, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1975
Salvatore Ala Gallery, Milano, Italy
1974
Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1973
University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA
1968
Eugenia Butler Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013
Gold Rush, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2013
Made in Space, Gavin Brown/Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY
2013
Made in Space, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012
Wall Shadow, Pacific Standard Time, LAND and Eugenia Butler Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012
Perceptual Conceptual Show, LAND and Eugenia Butler Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012
OC Collects, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
2012
Pictures from the Moon, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2011
Lost & Found / Abstracting Los Angeles 1945-1980, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2011
Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
2011
Slice of Summer, IKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CA
2010
Some (Old School) South Coast Guys, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2009
MOCA’s First Thirty Years, MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Acquisitions 2006, National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Gwacheon, Korea
2004
Summer Print Sale, IKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CA
2004
Toward Abstraction, IKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CA
2000
Venice/Venezia: California Art from the Panza Collection, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
1996
Transformers: A Moving Experience, Wellington City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
1990
California Now, AndrewShire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1984
Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1984
A Broad Spectrum, Design Center of Los Angeles, CA
1983
First Show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1983
Sebastian-Moore Gallery, Denver, CO
1983
Fire and Water, Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1983
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland
1983
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
1982
Double Vision, Documenta 7, Kassel Germany
1982
Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
1982
Art as Alchemy, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CA
1981
Museum as Site, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1981
Light and Space, Lonny Gans & Associates, Venice, CA
1980
Furniture Show, Marion Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
1980
Nothing Special, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY
1980
Fire as Prime Matter, Libra Gallery, Claremont, CA
1980
Lead/Gold Reliefs & Seasons of the Fountain, Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1980
New Works, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1979
California, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
1979
Works on Glass, Minneapolis Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
1977
L.A. of the 70’s, Fort Worth Museum, TX
1975
Transparency Exhibition, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1975
Sounds: Sound Environments by 4 Artists: Michael Brewster, John Doe Co., Michael McMillen, Eric Orr, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
1974
Three to One, Junior Arts Center, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA
1973-74
Stone Serpent, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA
1971-73
Infinity Space, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA
1971
Glass Shadow, Giza, Egypt
1970-71
Sound Tunnel, Municipal Art Gallery and University of Southern Califronia, Los Angeles, CA
1970
Drawing and Performance, E.A.T. SHOW at USC, USC Fisher Museum – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
1970
The Sound The Shape of Pear, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY
1969
357 Magnum, Dusseldorf, Germany
1969
Search Light Sky Shapes, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
1969
Wall Shadow, Eugenia Butler Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1969
Wall Shadow, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
1969
Volumetric Sound, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1969
The Electric Show, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
1968
Dry Ice, University of California, San Diego, CA
1968
Sky Lights, Century City, Los Angeles, CA
1968
Room Company #2, Los Angeles, CA
1968
Tracer Bullets, Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA
1968
Fresh Air, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA
1968
1,000 to 1, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA
1967
Fresh Air Space, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA
1967
Vendenburg Letters, Sky over Los Angles, Los Angeles, CA
1966
Room Company #1, Rolf Nelson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1966
Animated Hog Show, New Music- UCLA/Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
 
COLLECTIONS
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
University of Arizona Art Museum, Tucson, AZ
The Panza Collection, Milan, Italy
Museum Sztuki W. Lodzi, Lodz, Poland
The Maeda Collection, Tokyo, Japan
Den Haag Gemeentemuseum, The Netherlands
City of Denver, Performing Arts Center
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA
Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Yale University, New Haven, CT
The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
The Norton Collection, Santa Monica, CA
The Royal Family of Jordan
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
The Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
The State of California
The Capital Group, Los Angeles, CA
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
Chemical Bank, New York, NY
City of Los Angeles
The Robert Rowen Collection, Pasadena, CA
Southland Corporation
Security Pacific National Bank (Band of America)
Mitsui Fudosan Collection, Tokyo, Japan
Siabu Museum, Japan
City of Kasugai, Japan
City of Shizuoka, Japan

Huffington Post: Crazy Wisdom
In the 30 years following Light and Space artist Eric Orr’s death, his children have positively thrived. His daughter Elizabeth Orr (an artist and video editor) is now reviving a Guy de Cointet play that her father worked on 30 years ago. John Speed Orr is a gifted ballet soloist whose recent collaborative performance projects have also brought him closer to his father’s legacy.

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