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Lisson Gallery is one of the most influential and longest-running international contemporary art galleries in the world. The gallery supports and develops over 60 international artists across two exhibition spaces in London, two in New York and one in Shanghai.

Mary Corse will present an exhibition of all new work for her second show in London at Lisson Gallery, with work exhibited indoors and outside in the gallery’s courtyard. While the exhibition serves as a timely reflection on our current period in history – with most of the works completed in 2020 in the artist's studio in Topanga, Los Angeles – the show is also a marker of Corse’s practice to date, with these new works directly referencing different series developed throughout her career. In the presentation, the language that threads through all of the artist’s work can be viewed in variations through history, from the 1960s to 2020

Corse has spent the last 50 years creating groundbreaking art that examines the realms of human perception, combining a philosophical quest for the portrayal of the infinite with a highly skilled methodical and scientific rigour. Corse’s fascination with abstraction began early – studying Willem de Kooning, Hans Hofmann and Josef Albers – and in 1964, she moved to Los Angeles to enrol at the Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institute of the Arts). Corse was one of the few women associated with the California based Light and Space movement, but while many of the artists moved into sculpture and installation, Corse was focused on painting while discovering unconventional means through which to not just represent, but embody, light. She now presents her latest exhibit, Variations on show at Lisson Gallery till the 7th November 2020.

Main Image (above): Mary Corse, Untitled (Double Cross), 2020, Acrylic squares with painted aluminium.

Mary Corse, Untitled (Electric Light), 2020, Argon, Plexiglas, high-frequency generator, light tubes, monofilament.

Mary Corse, Untitled (Narrow Innerband with White Sides), 2020, Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas.

Portrait of Mary Corse in her studio.

Mary Corse, Untitled (White Multiband), 2020, Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas.

Mary Corse, Untitled (White with Black Reflective Inner Band), 2020, Acrylic squares and glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas.

Meet the Artist


10 Questions With...

What is the best/most inspiring exhibition you have visited?

New York Art Now, The Saatchi Collection, London, 1987-1988

Share a hidden gem with us

The Variety Bar, Glasgow (circa. 1990)

What is your motto?

It's a game of two halves

What is your favourite piece of art of all time?

Rabbit (1986) by Jeff Koons

Desert island luxury item

A cashmere jumper as it can get quite cold in the evening...

If I wasn't an artist, I would be...


If you had to paint in the colour palette of one artist for the rest of your life, who would you pick?

David Hockney

Favourite find during lockdown?

American Sitcom Family Guy

Who is your favourite painter?

Howard Hodgkin

The best advice you've ever been given?

Measure it twice, cut it once (from my grandfather)