Dan Graham is not a trained artist but opened the John Daniels Gallery in New York in 1964 and worked there for a year. Here he mounted exhibitions with people who later became his artist colleagues: the American Minimalists and Post-minimalists such as Robert Smithson, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt and Dan Flavin. They were all big influences on Graham from the get-go. At the same time he worked as an art critic.
In 1965 Graham began making art himself. In the first decade he created mainly conceptual art: works for periodicals, articles, films, performances, video, mirror and space installations. Taking his departure in Post-minimalist strategies, since then he has worked primarily with architectural models and pavilion design.
Today Graham lives and works in New York.
From 1965 until today Graham has participated in a large number of group and solo exhibitions. The venues include Museum of Modern Art in New York (1970), Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1974), Institute of Contemporary Art in London and Kunsthalle Basel, both in 1976, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (1977), Documenta 7 in Kassel (1982), Kunsthalle Bern (1983) Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1985), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid (1987), the Whitney Biennial in New York the same year, Kunstverein in Munich (1989), Dia Center for the Arts in New York (1991), Documenta IX in Kassel (1992), Rooseum in Malmö (1993), Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel (1996), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2000) and KIASMA in Helsinki (2001).
Graham is represented in museums all over the world, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Dia Center for the Art: Chelsea, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Generali Foundation in Vienna and Tate Gallery in London.