Posted on June 5, 2011
To make ends meet, the Malba exposes Pettoruti 37 works, the great Argentine abstract painter. A selection of oils, watercolors and collages to rethink the great artist.
Must go back to 1924 and the gallery Witcomb Buenos Aires to find the controversial "foundational" Pettoruti time (1892-1971). The date refers to its first exhibition in Argentina after more than a decade of living in Europe and assimilate the Cubist and Futurist trends.
This year, the same in which it will be 40 years after his death, the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (Malba) found the opportunity to organize an exhibition of 37 of his works that allow considering their mark on the national abstract art .
Until the 27th of this month, "Pettoruti and abstract art 1914-1949" aims to summarize in 37 works (including paintings, collages and watercolors) the artist's eye over a field of art that has rarely been the subject of several controversies . The idea is "to show what it was that he said, from his practice, about the problem of abstraction," he told the press the curator of the exhibition, Patricia Artundo.
Works and catalog
Among the works on display at the Malba include "Harmony, movement, space", "Centripetal Force", "Cosas de village", "City Country", "Still Life" and "Shadows." In addition, the museum has published A bilingual catalog of 120 pages including two curatorial essays.
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Kusama at the Reina Sofia (Madrid) - Bourgeois at Proa
Posted on April 27, 2011
New Yorkers came in the '60s and his work was gaining gradual recognition. He admitted to a psychiatric hospital for decades, never stopped producing. In May, the Reina Sofia in Madrid opens wide exposure on it.
The points have haunted the very young. Big, small but mostly multicolored. In a unique way, they are the best join the vagaries of an artist who lived from within the creative ferment of the sixties.
His popularity began to grow after a shocking happening 1968 ("Anti war naked happening and flag burning bridge") to assert the heat of the multiple influences of pop art, minimalism and abstract expressionism.
But while the New York art scene of the '60s belonged to him, Yayoi Kusama left U.S. in the early seventies and returned to his native Tokyo. More precisely, a neuropsychiatric.
Many thought that internment was a passenger. And many others it meant the end of his career. They missed each other. Kusama has nearly four decades of treatment and ability and expressive quality not only have off. They seem, however, lit and vibrant.
During his long career, Kusama has expanded its media (painting, sculpture, photography, collage, installations) and has won awards such as the Order of Arts of France (2003). In addition, his admirer Peter Gabriel recorded a song with her in 1994.
In Madrid, until September
From the 10th of May the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid will open the exhibition on Kusama. It will be great opportunity to explore and enjoy this Japanese artist who, in the words of the critics succeeded "against all odds" in a male-dominated art world (New York in the late '60s).
After Madrid, Kusama's work will continue its journey through the Pompidou (Paris) and the Tate Modern (London).
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Louise Bourgeois - Marc Chagall
Posted on April 18, 2011
A giant spider is just a part of the exhibition "The return of the repressed" to be displayed in Bow until 19 June.
The first major impact will occur before visitors enter the cultural space of Fundación Proa, located in the neighborhood of La Boca. At the door they will encounter a spider 22 tonnes and 10 meters high.
This iconic insect of Bourgeois's work dates from 1999 and is over by museums including the Tate in London and the Guggenheim Bilbao. Dubbed "Maman" Spider-threatening as protective as-is the most colorful work of an artist who can hardly be assimilated to a movement. What it is undeniable, however, is the deep bond with psychoanalysis.
Bourgeois, who died last year at age 99, was one of the highlights of the century French sculptors and his work looks so raw to love, especially parental and filial.
To approach it, Proa exhibits 86 works in total, including facilities "The Destruction of the Father" (1974) and "Red Rooms" (1994). In all its work the psychoanalytic perspective on primary relationships and the ambiguous role that fit the parents, especially the mother warns.
After appreciate his vast work, no wonder the fact that Bourgeois was analyzed for more than three decades with the same therapist in New York. That same city, precisely in 1982 hosted the first major exhibition on it (at MOMA).
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
Photography: Federico Taboada
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Grete Stern and other dreams
Posted on December 19, 2010
Belarusian painter will be one of the star players in 2011 in Sala Kubo. The election will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the death of the great genius of surrealism.
His work is said to put the fair shares humor, fantasy and delusion to unstable twentieth century and their images imagination impregnated an entire generation of apprentices and followers. Tue Chagall, Belarusian origin but soon settled in France, was also painted murals and exquisite director of theater sets.
Son of a poor family and inevitably witness the troubled Soviet seizures, Chagall had an intense life, marked by gaps and marked by a melancholy vision of existence. He himself confessed in 1931 that only when crossed with his muse and wife Bella Rosenfeld, eventually things would take a different turn. Until then, "born dead" would sentence on the autobiographical "My Life."
Yet initial shortage of that gray, Chagall, his art, genuine windows opened to the imagination, playing in his canvases with the bittersweet combination of dreams and fears. This great master is also remembered as a fanatical admirer of Rembrandt and a heavy expressionist use of primary colors (green rabbi, Jews and red houses, green or blue).
Of Jewish origin, Chagall also portrayed the daily lives of his people in the Russian villages of the century. "I and the Village", 1911 and "gray house", 1917 are perhaps the best examples in this regard. Another important legacy of Chagall are 12 windows in the synagogue at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, made in 1962.
In the Sala Kubo
Next year, the Sala Kubo San Sebastián (which just celebrated its decade of existence), devoted one of its two main samples Chagall. Forward according to organizers, the exhibition will feature works donated by private collectors and institutions and will take place at the beginning of the summer. Meanwhile, those who wish to rediscover the work of Chagall on other dates may call at Nice, the city where there is a museum in his honor, as we have recently been reported in MV Reviews.