Armando Reverón (Venezuelan, 1889–1954). Woman of the River (La Mujer del Río). 1939. Oil on canvas, 52 × 56 7/8″ (132.1 × 144.5 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fractional and promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of John Elderfield, 2004. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

This retrospective exhibition introduces the work of the celebrated Venezuelan artist Armando Reverón (1889–1954) to international audiences. The exhibition is divided into sections of figurative and landscape painting, and also includes the life-sized dolls and many of the imitation practical objects that Reverón and his partner Juanita Ríos created to fill their secluded home in the small Caribbean village of Macuto. Early in his artistic career, Reverón painted coastal landscapes with monochromatic palettes imitative of the bright white light of the seashore. These highly tactile paintings are unique in early modernism, and seem to anticipate later monochromatic abstract art. Later, Reverón began to paint depictions of industrial activity in a nearby port. Reverón’s figurative works seem to replicate the perceptual experience of puzzling out forms in shadowy interiors. Surprisingly, the subjects of these figure paintings were, increasingly, not human figures but Reverón’s life-sized dolls.

Armando Reverón is organized by John Elderfield, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture.

This exhibition is organized by The Museum of Modern Art in cooperation with the Fundación Museos Nacionales of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the Proyecto Armando Reverón, Caracas.

The exhibition and publication are made possible by Fundación Mercantil, Venezuela.

Additional funding is provided by an anonymous donor, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and the Dale S. and Norman Mills Leff Publication Fund.

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