Elsa Gramcko. Untitled. 1957

Elsa Gramcko Untitled 1957

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“My abstract painting, which emerged in the 1950s, was not a pure geometric abstraction,” Gramcko explained. “Though realized with hard lines and planes of color, its forms were closer to the expressive than to the geometric.” While part of a Venezuelan artistic milieu championing abstraction, Gramcko always affirmed her individuality and rejected all movements and affiliations. This work embraces idiosyncrasy through irregular shapes and eccentric lines rarely seen in the mathematically precise and symmetric work of her colleagues.

Gallery label from Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, October 21, 2019–March 14, 2020
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
39 3/8 × 13" (100 × 33 cm)
Credit
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund
Object number
824.2016
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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Provenance

The artist.
? - November 20, 1996, Magdalena Mujica de Arria, Caracas.
November 20, 1996 - 2016, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas, purchased from Magdalena Mujica de Arria.
2016, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as promised gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Exhibition history

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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