Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt). Eight Squares. 1961

Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) Eight Squares 1961

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Dissolving planes into lines and treating lines as shapes in space, this sculpture explores, in the artist's words, "the transparency of volume." The sculpture depends on the viewer moving around it to generate the visual effect of vibration where the lines intersect. Having fled Germany at the beginning of World War II for Venezuela, Gego became a leading proponent of geometric abstraction in her adopted country, where she worked across painting, printmaking, and drawing, in addition to sculpture, to explore line on its own terms.

Gallery label from Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, April 19 - August 13, 2017.
Medium
Painted iron
Dimensions
66 15/16 × 25 3/16 × 15 3/4" (170 × 64 × 40 cm)
Credit
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Gustavo Rodríguez-Cisneros
Object number
813.2016
Copyright
© 2021 Fundación Gego
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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Provenance

The artist.
2000 - 2016, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas, purchased through Sonia Rojas, Caracas.
2016, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Exhibition history

Caracas, Museo de Bellas Artes, "Gego 1955 - 1990", November 2000 - April 2001

Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, “Versiones del sur. Heterotopías. Medio Siglo sin - lugar: 1918-1968", December 12, 2000 - February 27, 2001

Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, "Inverted Utopias. Avant- Garden Art in Latin America", June 20 - September 12, 2004

Mexico City, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, "Cruce de Miradas. Visiones de América Latina en la Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros", August 2 - October 21, 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

MoMA Exh. #2376: "Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction", 3rd Floor, The Edward Steichen Galleries, April 15 - August 13, 2017

MoMA Exh. #2424: "Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift", 3rd Floor, 3 East, October 21, 2019 - September 12, 2020

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