Artist’s Project: Robert Therrien


Multiple perspectives on the artist’s sculpture No Title (Red Room), including an inventory—in the form of 16 removable inserts—of its contents.

Robert Therrien’s (1947–2019) work was the subject of solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, and the Kunstmuseum Basel, which presented a survey of his drawings in 2008. His artwork resided in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Gallery, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Therrien received his M.F.A. from the University of Southern California. Based in Los Angeles for many years, he worked in painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. He was perhaps best known for his enigmatically complex sculptures, often inspired by everyday objects and childhood memories. Therrien’s work was the subject of numerous books and catalogs, including Robert Therrien (Rizzoli, 2008). Therrien passed away at the age of 71.