Tripoli Gallery

Keith Sonnier (b. 1941, Mamou, LA) 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 numerous public and private collections worldwide. In 2013, Sonnier received the Arts and Letters Award in Art presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Sonnier is a two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1975, 1981), and was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1974. Also in 1974, he was awarded first prize at the 9th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. This year Sonnier’s work will be featured locally in two long-term exhibitions: Keith Sonnier: Until Today, on view at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill from July 1, 2018 to January 27, 2019, and an installation first shown in 1970, Dis Play II, opens July 1, 2018 at The Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton and will remain on view through May 26th, 2019. Tragedy and Comedy is Sonnier’s second solo exhibition with Tripoli Gallery following Elliptical Transmissions in 2014. Sonnier currently lives and works in Bridgehampton/Sagaponack, New York.
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Red Smile (Flocked Series), 2011
hand painted and flocked found African mask
12.5 × 9.5 × 3.75 inches (32 × 24 × 9.5 cm)

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Hodo (Flocked Series), 2011
hand flocked found African mask
16 × 11 × 6 inches (40.5 × 28 × 15.5 cm)

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Floating Grid H, 2017
argon and neon tubes, steel, rubber, transformer and electrical wire
74 × 33.25 × 6 inches (188 × 84.5 × 15 cm)

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Electrical Charge C (Electrical Charge Series), 2017
neon, steel, transformer, electrical wire and blackout paint
42.5 × 8 × 24 inches (108 × 20.5 × 61 cm)

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Blue Flocked Pachyderm (Flocked Series), 2009
cast fiberglass, flocking and latex paint
35 × 30 × 3.5 inches (89 × 76 × 9 cm)

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Wayang (Ubud Series), 1983
timber, bamboo and oil base paint
51 × 22 × 20 inches (129.5 × 56 × 51 cm)

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Triple Loop Exercise B, 2017
painted steel, neon, electrical wire, blackout paint and transformer
22 × 56 × 8 inches (56 × 142 × 20 cm)

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Floating Grid B, 2017
argon and neon tubes, steel, transformer and electrical wire
46 × 49.5 × 5.5 inches (117 cm × 125.5 cm × 14 cm)

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Mister Smith (Flocked Series), 2011
hand painted and flocked found African mask
11 × 7 × 4 inches (28 × 18 × 10 cm) (20 × 7 × 4 inches with stand)

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Monsieur Pierre (Flocked Series), 2010
hand flocked found African mask
10.5 × 7.5 × 5 inches (27 × 19 × 13 cm) (18 × 7.5 × 5 inches with stand)

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Corrugated Twist 1, 2018
marker and pencil on paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Corrugated Twist 2, 2018
marker and pencil on paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Corrugated Twist 3, 2017
marker and pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Corrugated Twist 4, 2017
marker and pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Corrugated Twist 5, 2017
marker and pencil on paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Corrugated Twist 6, 2017
marker and pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Corrugated Twist 7, 2018
marker and pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Corrugated Twist 8, 2018
marker and pencil on paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Corrugated Twist 9, 2018
marker and pencil on paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Electrical Charge A, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Floating Grid 1, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Floating Grid 2, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Floating Grid 3, 2017
marker on bond paper
12 × 9 inches (30.5 × 23 cm)

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Floating Grid 4, 2017
marker on bond paper
12 × 9 inches (30.5 × 23 cm)

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Floating Grid 5, 2017
marker on bond paper
12 × 9 inches (30.5 × 23 cm)

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Long Horn 1, 2017
marker and colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Long Horn 2, 2017
marker and pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Long Horn 3, 2017
marker and colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Long Horn 4, 2017
marker and pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Long Horn 5, 2017
marker and pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Long Horn 6, 2017
marker and pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Long Horn 7, 2017
marker and pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Long Horn 8, 2017
marker and pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Long Horn 9, 2017
marker and colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Long Horn 10, 2017
marker and pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 1, 2017
colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 4, 2017
colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 5, 2017
colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 7, 2017
colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 8, 2017
colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 11, 2017
colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 14, 2017
colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 15, 2017
colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 16, 2017
colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 18, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 20, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 21, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 23, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 25, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 27, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 28, 2018
marker and colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Pope Joan 29, 2017
colored pencil on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Tragedy and Comedy 3, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Tragedy and Comedy 4, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Tragedy and Comedy 5, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Tragedy and Comedy 10, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Tragedy and Comedy 11, 2017
marker on graph paper
11 × 8.5 inches (28 × 21.5 cm)

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Wayang (Ubud Series), 1983
timber, bamboo and oil base paint
51 × 22 × 20 inches (129.5 × 56 × 51 cm)

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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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Installation shot

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Installation shot

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Installation shot

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Installation shot

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Installation shot

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Installation shot

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Installation shot

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Installation shot

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Installation shot

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Installation shot

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

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

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Space Slipper, 1992
corrugated aluminum, paint
38 X 79 X 29-1/2 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