Robert Therrien (1947-2019) was a famous American sculptor known for large-scale installations that featured objects from everyday life. Born in Chicago 1947, Therrien grew up in Southern California. He received his MFA degree from University of Southern California and subsequently arose in the Los Angeles art scene in the late 1970’s. Therrien’s early work adopted certain principles of the Minimalist and Conceptualist sculptors of the his time in an experimental way, leading to the development of his signature style of manipulation and subversion. Starting in the early 1990’s Therrien began to explore scale by reimagining everyday objects like tables, chairs, and stacks of plates. His sculpture transformed these everyday objects into monumental immersive sculptures transporting the viewer to a surreal and dreamlike world that subverted viewers’ expectations.
Therrien has exhibited at a number of prestigious institutions around the globe including, the Broad Art Foundation in Santa Monica, the Kunstmuseum Basel in Switzerland, the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Belgium, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London. Sculpting out of Los Angeles until the end of his life, Therrien passed away in June 2019.