León Ferrari Reflections 1963-64

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This work belongs to a limited series of three–dimensional drawings Ferrari made in the early 1960s, retrospectively called Writings in the Air after the title of a book produced by the artist and his friend the poet Rafael Alberti in 1964. A boxlike object, Reflections is contained by two flat surfaces composed of intricate, abstract gestural ink lines on paper and glass. The wires contained within it reproduce the convoluted lines of the drawing at the back of the box, one of Ferrari's stylistic signatures of the 1960s. This three-dimensional duplication of a conventional drawing makes Reflections a material tautology. In that sense this work belongs to a very specific repertoire of Latin American Conceptual art that instead of producing art as ideas addresses material objects as concepts.

Gallery label from New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930–2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions, November 21, 2007–February 25, 2008.
Ink on gessoed wood, copper wire, and ink on glass, in artist's painted wood frame
34 1/8 x 28 x 2" (86.7 x 71.1 x 5.1 cm)
Latin American and Caribbean Fund
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© 2024 León Ferrari
Painting and Sculpture

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Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas
2007, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Exhibition history

MoMA Exh. #2074: "Tangled Alphabets: Leon Ferrari and Mira Schendel", 6th Floor, The Rene d'Harnoncourt Exhibition Galleries, April 5 - June 15, 2009 and tour:
Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, November 24, 2009 - March 1, 2010
Porto Alegre, Fundacao Ibere Camargo, April 8 - July 11, 2010

MoMA Exh. #2135: "On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century", 6th Floor, The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Gallery, November 21, 2010 - February 7, 2011

MoMA Exh. #2351: "From the Collection: 1960-1969", 4th Floor, The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Painting and Sculpture Galleries, March 12, 2016 - March 19, 2017


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