Willys de Castro. Active Object (Yellow). 1959-60

Willys de Castro Active Object (Yellow) 1959-60

  • Not on view
Oil on canvas on board
13 3/4 × 27 9/16 × 3/16" (35 × 70 × 0.5 cm)
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Lord and Lady Foster
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

The artist.
[Coleção Hércules Barsotti, São Paulo, probably acquired from the artist]
? - 1997, Ladi Biezus, São Paulo.
1997 - 2016, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas, purchased from Ladi Biezus through Sylvio Nery da Fonseca, Escritório de Arte, São Paulo.
2016, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as promised gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Exhibition history

São Paulo, Gabinete de Arte, "Aventuras da Ordem", 1988

Río de Janeiro, Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro, "Rio de Janeiro 1959/1960 – Experiencia Neoconcreta", May and June, 1991

São Paulo, Sylvio Nery da Fonseca, "Willys de Castro, obras de 1954 - 1961", October 25 - November 25, 1994

Porto Alegre, Fundação Bienal de Artes Visuales do Mercosul, "1ª Bienal de Artes de Mercosur”, October 2 - November 30, 1997

Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, "Versiones del sur: cinco propuestas en torno al arte en América: Heterotopías. Medio siglo sin lugar 1916-1968", December 12 - February 27, 2001

São Paulo, Museo de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, "Paralelos: Arte brasileira da segunda metade do século XX em contexto. Colección Cisneros”, March 21 - June 16, 2002 and tour:
Rio de Janeiro, Museo de Arte Moderna de Rio de Janeiro, July 11 - September 22, 2002

Buenos Aires, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, "Geo-metrías. Abstracción geométrica latinoamericana en la Colección Cisneros", March 14 - May 19, 2003 and tour:
Montevideo, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales de Montervideo, July 3 - October 25, 2003

Lima, Museo de Arte de Lima, "Diálogos. Arte Latinoamericano desde la Colección Cisneros", July 22 - September 26, 2004 and tour:
Santiago de Chile, Museo de Bellas Artes de Santiago de Chile, November 25, 2004 -February 28, 2005
Bogotá, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, May 5 - June 29, 2005

Aspen, The Aspen Institute, "The Rhythm of Color. Alejandro Otero an Willys de Castro Two Modern Masters in the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros", June 29 - November 1, 2006

Austin, Blanton Museum of Art, "The Geometry of Hope. Latin american abstract art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros", February 20 - April 22, 2007 and tour:
New York, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, September 12 - December 8, 2007

Los Angeles, Getty Center, "Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros", September 16, 2017 - February 11, 2018

Stockholm, Moderna Museet, "Concrete Matters", February 24 - May 13, 2018


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