Laddie John Dill


Laddie John Dill
Light Sentence Warm to Cool
Argon, mercury, and glass, 2014
137 x 3/4 x 3/4 inches
Courtesy of the artist

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Born in Long Beach, Laddie John Dill graduated with honors from Chouinard Art Institute in 1968 and had his first one-man exhibit at the prestigious Sonnabend Gallery in New York in 1971. He made the first of his celebrated glass and argon-gas Light Sentence pieces in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and they are now considered iconic works of the Light and Space movement in California art. Dill enjoys a national and international reputation, confirmed in 2015 by the huge success of a solo exhibition at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles. Also in 2015 he created the popular laser piece Electric Light Blanket for Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature festival. Dill is the recipient of two National Endowment grants, one for sculpture and one for painting, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work is included in the permanent collections of more than twenty-five museums.

Selected collections
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Smithsonian Collection, Washington, DC
Laguna Art Museum

Selected exhibitions
Contained Radiance: Miracle Mile, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, 2016
Elementary: Laddie John Dill, Nyehaus Gallery, New York, 2013
Venice in Venice, Venice Biennale, Italy, 2011
Primary Atmospheres, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, 2010