Gego Retrospective Opens

NEW YORK CITY -- Beginning this week, Dominique Lévy Gallery is pleased to present Gego: Autobiography of a Line, the first in a pair of exhibitions in New York and London celebrating the legacy of German-born Venezuelan artist Gego (Gertrude Goldschmidt [1912 – 1994]).

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are excited about this important retrospective exhibition.

In Gego’s intricate wire sculpture, line becomes a newly dimensional language with which to describe architectural space and engage the human body. Her practice is defined by radical abstraction, giving deeper narrative to forms both graceful and monstrous.

Gego's most popular works were produced in the 1960s and 1970s, during the height of popularity of Geometric abstract art and Kinetic Art.

Although these genres influenced her somewhat, Gego tried to develop her own style and break from the popular art of Venezuela.

Her artwork is commonly exhibited with artists like Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica and Mira Schendel.

Dying in 1994, she left a collection of writings describing her thoughts about art which adds to her legacy as a Latin American artist

The first gallery exhibition ever organized in collaboration with Fundación Gego, Autobiography of a Line brings together key works from the artist's oeuvre, lent from several institutions including Fundación de Museos Nacionales, Venezuela, Colección Mercantil, Venezuela, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation.

The exhibition reunites Gego’s celebrated Chorros for the first time in New York City since their debut at Betty Parsons Gallery in 1971.

This group of towering wire sculptures, created between 1970-71, embodies the palpable sense of entropic geometry and spatial play for which Gego’s œuvre is internationally admired. Also on view will be late sculptures from the artist’s series of Dibujos sin papel (Drawings without Paper); small-scale Bichitos (Creatures); and works on paper that complicate and question the relationship between drawing and sculpture such as the Tejeduras (Weavings) and other series created during Gego’s long career.

Autobiography of a Line will remain on view through October 24th and will be followed in Spring 2016 by a second exhibition devoted to Gego at the gallery’s London space at 22 Old Bond Street in Mayfair.

In conjunction with these exhibitions, Dominique Lévy will publish two fully illustrated catalogues examining Gego’s work in a contemporary global context.

The first volume will feature texts by curator Chus Martínez, head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland and art historian and critic Kaira Cabañas, and previously unpublished archival material.

The book will also include “GEGO,” a new poem by writer, visual artist, and composer Anne Tardos, exploring the artist’s poetics of the line and performing a linguistic intervention in her work.

Installation view of Chorros at Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, 1971. Photo: Ana Maria Castillo. © Fundación Gego

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