Ian Wilson

The Pure Awareness of the Absolute / Discussions

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12 and 2 pm and Saturday, April 20, 2013, 2 pm



In September 2011, Dia began hosting an ongoing series of Ian Wilson’s signature Discussions. Neither recorded nor transcribed, these Discussions continue Wilson’s four-decade project of creating oral artworks at venues around the world that exist solely within the duration and memory of a conversation.


Artist Biography

Ian Wilson was born in 1940 in Durban, South Africa, and moved to the United States in 1960, living in New York City from 1966 to 1986. He has exhibited internationally since the mid-1960s, and has engaged in Discussions at venues worldwide since beginning the series in 1968. Wilson’s work have been held at venues internationally, including Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (1969); Dwan Gallery, New York (1970); the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles (1971); New York University, New York (1971, 1977); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1970, 1975); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (1976–83, 1985, 1986, 2005, 2009); Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany (1982); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1989); Galerie Jan Mot, Brussels (2004, 2006, 2008, 2011); Le Consortium, Dijon (2004); Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2006, 2007); Kunsthaus Graz (2006); Peter Blum Gallery, New York (2007); Swiss Institute, New York (2007); Museion Bolzano (2008); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2008) and, more recently, Galerie Jan Mot at Art Basel 41 (2010).

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