Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) Reticularea 1973-1976 1975

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“I was interested in the transparency of volume, so that a form could be appreciated fully from all angles of observation,” Gego noted. Working across architecture, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking, Gego started in 1969 to focus on volume and the expansive properties of the line in space. Her suspended sculptures involved exercises in folding, deforming, and misaligning the grid’s orthogonal axes. By the 1980s, Gego’s three-dimensional assemblages included refuse as well as recycled fragments of other works. Registering movements in the air, these works are often described as “drawings in space.”

Gallery label from Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, October 21, 2019–March 14, 2020
Stainless steel, nylon, copper and lead
33 7/8 × 22 1/16 × 20 7/8" (86 × 56 × 53 cm)
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in memory of Leopoldo Rodés
Object number
© 2024 Fundación Gego
Painting and Sculpture

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The artist.
By 1994 - 2016, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas.
2016, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as promised gift from Patricia Phelps de Ciisneros.

Exhibition history

Caracas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Ímber, "Gertrude Goldsmith - Gego", November 20, 1994 - January 15, 1995

Kortrijk, The Kanaal Art Foundation, "Inside the Visibel", April 16, 1994- May 28, 1995 and tour:
Boston, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, January 30 - May 12, 1996

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

Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, "Questioning The Line: Gego 1955-1990, A Selection", March 17 - May 19, 2002 and tour:
Monterrey, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, June 21 - December 17, 2002
Mexico City, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, December 5, 2002 - February 16, 2003.

Kraichtal, Ursula Blickle-Stiftung, "Ruth Vollmer and Gego: Thinking the Line", September 14 - October 19, 2003 and tour:
Kraichtal, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnolgie, Janaury 15 - March 15, 2004
Graz, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, July 3 - August 29, 2004
Miami, Miami Art Central, September 21 - November 7, 2004

Porto, Fundacão Serralves, "Gego. Defying Structures | Desafiando estructuras", July 28-Ocotber 12, 2006 and tour:
Barcelona, Museo d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, November 8, 2006 - January 14, 2007

MoMA Exh. #2389: "The Long Run", 4th Floor, The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Painting and Sculpture Galleries, November 11, 2017 - removed February 5, 2019

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

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, "Gego", March 31 - September 12, 2023


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