Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction

Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt). Eight Squares. 1961

Painted iron, 66 15/16 × 25 3/16 × 15 3/4" (170 × 64 × 40 cm). Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Gustavo Rodríguez-Cisneros. © 2022 Fundación Gego

Director, Glenn Lowry: Getrud Goldschmidt was born in Germany in 1912 to a Jewish family. She and her family left after the Nazis took power, and she ended up in Venezuela. There, she adopted the name Gego, a contraction of her birth name.

Curator, Sarah Suzuki: She made her very first sculptures in 1957. And from that point, I think she found the language with which she was going to work.

And it's something that I think you can see in all of her works. They move, over time, from being groups of parallel lines, for example, in the sculpture, in different kind of weights, in different spacings, to give it a really interesting sense of kind of motion and dynamism. So, with this sculpture, as you walk around it, you get a changing sense of its speed, its motion, the way it sits in space.

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