Through Jan 2, 2011
Embracing Modernity: Venezuelan Geometric Abstraction represents a historical overview of the origins of Venezuela’s Abstract Movement. Curated by Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig and Maria Carlota Perez, the show offers an overview of this important movement from its very beginnings around the late 1940s, through the 1970s where artists involved in the movement reached international recognition. This exhibition celebrates their achievements and recognizes their role in one of the most important chapters of Venezuela’s art history.
Works on view will include Eugenio Espinoza’s Impenetrable, an alternative exhibition space consisting of a grid painted the same size as the floor area of the room in which it is exhibited. Also on view will be Jesus Soto’s Penetrable Génesis’ whose scenario became a filled space as opposed to the Renaissance concept of an empty stage. Although it was not the first time Soto was creating a Penetrable for a ballet, it was the first time his piece filled the entire stage. By performing inside the Penetrable Génesis’ dancers took Soto’s dream of integrating the human body into the work of art. It is the first time these two works are exhibited in the same space.
Other artists included in the exhibition are Omar Carreño, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Narciso Debourg, Gertrude Goldschmidt (Gego), Elsa Gramcko, Carlos Gonzalez Bogen, Gert Leufert, Mateo Manaure, Alfredo Maraver, Nedo, Ruben Nuñez, Alejandro Otero, Mercedes Pardo, Jesus Rafael Soto, Victor Valera, and Oswaldo Vigas. The selection of works coming from private collections illustrate the development of Venezuelan Geometric Abstraction and Kinetic Art, and introduce many artists who contributed to the movement and still remain unknown to the American public.