New Mexico-based Doug Wheeler is one of the pioneers of light-and-space art, a branch of minimalism that emphasizes visual experience. Over the last year or two the reclusive Wheeler has experienced a late-career resurgence: His starring role in MCASD’s 2010 light-and-space survey helped put him back in the spotlight, a position sustained by an exhibition at New York’s David Zwirner gallery that required art lovers to wait in four-hour-long lines.
Wheeler has always been more popular in Europe than in the United States, so it’s less of a surprise that Wheeler is featured in this solo presentation at the FRAC Lorraine in northeastern France.
To the best of my knowledge, Wheeler has given only three one-on-one interviews in his entire career. One of them was on Episode No. 15 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. In our conversation Wheeler talks about his art and some intensely personal experiences that he thinks have contributed to his work.
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Image: Doug Wheeler, DW 68 VEN MCASD 11, 1968/2011. Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.