“Gary Lang (b. 1950) is recognized as one of the most distinguished artists in Western Contemporary Art, and no account of recent art history would be complete without mention of his iconic concentric circle paintings.
His physical act of painting requires intense focus on the interaction between brush, hand, paint and canvas. This level of concentration compels Lang to be “hyper-present” with his works—an element that translates from artist to viewer. The artistic evolution of Gary Lang, from 1975 to today, has been an investigation into the dynamics of visual consciousness articulated through his demanding paintings.
Born and raised near the Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles, Gary Lang developed his artistic voice during what can best be described as a “transitional” era of west-coast artistic culture. His work in the 1970s and 1980s played a role in an optimistic moment in California postmodern culture that challenged New York’s dominance. In 1970 he was accepted into the B.A. program at Cal Arts where he studied in the company of Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle. Together these vanguards were able to debunk old stereotypes that California lacked cultural innovators and set the stage for Cal Arts to become one of the most venerated artistic institutions in the world.
Lang received an MFA from Yale University in 1975, and a Fulbright/Hayes Travel and Research Grant, which brought him to Barcelona for two years prior to settling in New York City. Lang has had more than seventy solo exhibitions in the United States, Austria, France, Japan, The Netherlands, and Spain. He now lives and works in Southern California””