American, b. 1939, Los Angeles, California
Lives and works in Santa Monica, California
Working with a Southern California sensibility, Los Angeles-based artist Peter Alexander is most commonly associated with the Light and Space movement. His primary means of working today is in sculptural forms made of polyester resin reminiscent of his earliest work from 1965-1972. Through his career spanning from the mid-1960s he has worked as a sculptor, painter, and draftsman.
“I’m a romantic, and I believed in it. I believed in the value of things. I believe that objects can be made that can have an extraordinary effect on me and others.”
– Peter Alexander, from the Smithsonian Archive of American Art, Interview, 1995 Dec 13 – 1996 May 8
Alexander’s work has been exhibited extensively in solo exhibitions around the United States and group exhibitions around the world. In 1990, the Orange County Museum of Art hosted his retrospective, “Peter Alexander: In this Light.” In 2011 he was part of three exhibitions associated with Pacific Standard Time, the Getty initiative to highlight art from 1945-1980 in Southern California, including MCASD’s “Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface.” Alexander’s work is in several private and public collections including the Broad Foundation, Santa Monica; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.