Tripoli Gallery

Keith Sonnier radically reinvented sculpture in the late 1960s. After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette in 1963, he went on to receive an M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 1966. Sonnier experimented with a wide range of materials and in 1968 began working with neon which quickly became a defining element of his work. Sonnier has been the subject of more than 130 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 360 group exhibitions throughout his career. Sonnier’s architectural neon installations in public spaces have earned him wide acclaim in an international context. More than 20 important public commissions by the artist have been realized since 1981. His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide. In 1974, Sonnier was awarded first prize at the 9th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. He was also two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1975, 1981), and was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1974. His many accolades include the 2013 Arts and Letters Award in Art presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Keith Sonnier currently lives and works in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.
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Bua Study C, 2016
pencil and marker on paper
13-1/4 × 10-1/4 inches

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Tablet Diptych A, 2015
stone, metal and oil paint
28 × 19 × 2 inches

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Tollus, 1996
charcoal, colored flocking on rag
96 × 60 inches

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Waxia, 1996
charcoal, colored flocking on rag
61 × 52 inches

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Be River Series: Zhebes, 2015
neon, plastic, electrical transformer
66-1/2 × 23 inches

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Ebo River, 2014
argon, neon, sanding screens, transformer
80 × 30 × 8 inches

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Space Slipper, 1992
Corrugated aluminum, paint (two units)
38 × 79 × 29 1/2 inches

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Propeller Spinner (Antenna Series), 1992
aluminum and neon
75 × 72 × 29-1/2 inches

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Dining Chandelier, 2006
neon, argon, wire, and transformer
8 × 16 × 25 inches

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Gran Twister, 2012
welded steel, neon, argon, transformer, aluminum excel, reflectors, and hardware
82 × 44 × 22 inches

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Selector Dipole, 1990
aluminum and neon
67 × 38 × 24 inches

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Helio C, 2013
neon, argon, aluminum and steel armature, transformer
22 × 20 × 13-1/2 inches

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Bodo Junction I, 2005
neon, paint, aluminum
29 × 13 × 10 inches

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Bodo Junction II, 2005
neon, paint, aluminum
29 × 13 × 10 inches

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Bodo Junction III, 2005
neon, paint, aluminum
29 × 13 × 10 inches

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Elliptical Shift I, 1993
screen printing ink and charcoal on monofilament polyester
64 × 35-1/4 inches

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Elliptical Shift II, 1993
screen printing ink and charcoal on monofilament polyester
93 × 46-1/2 inches

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Los La Butte (Tidewater Series), 1994
mixed media, neon, and found objects
35 × 17 × 21 inches

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Keith Sonnier, Bundle Pack, 2004
Neon, transformer and found objects
30 × 27 × 9 inches