Dan Graham was born in 1942 in Urbana, Illinois. Since the 1960s, Graham has created work that questions the relationship between architecture and its psychological effects on us. Beginning his career as a writer, he founded and directed the John Daniels Gallery in New York in 1964 at the age of 22 and exhibited the work of Conceptual and Minimalist artists, such as Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, and Robert Smithson. Smithson, in particular, was also a large influence on Tom Burr. He soon began to create his own conceptual pieces, considering himself both writer and artist, taking much influence from the written word and magazine page. His breakthrough work was a series of magazine-style photographs with text titled Homes for America (1966-67). The Whitney Museum of American Art hosted his first retrospective in the United States in 2009. His body of work includes photography, video and performance art as well as glass and mirror sculptures. Graham continues to live and work in New York City.