Judith Lauand Concrete 61 1957

  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 East The Robert B. Menschel Galleries

Lauand proclaimed that her work was “based on elements that are inherent to painting itself: form, space, color, and movement. I love synthesis, precision, and exact thinking.” She was the only woman in Grupo Ruptura, a São Paulo–based coterie of Concrete artists, who emphasized rationality and mathematical rigor in their work. Like many Grupo Ruptura members, Lauand leaned heavily on Gestalt theory’s explanation of the mechanics of vision, to create paintings suggestive of movement and three-dimensionality. In this work, black lines painted around a central void appear to rotate like a vortex, while the unframed board seems to float off the wall.

Gallery label from Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, October 21, 2019–March 14, 2020
Medium
Alkyd on board
Dimensions
23 5/8 × 23 5/8" (60 × 60 cm)
Credit
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Robert Menschel and Janet Wallach
Object number
827.2016
Copyright
© 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / AUTVIS, Sao Paulo
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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Provenance

1957 - October 7, 1996, The artist.
1996 - 2016, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Caracas, purchased from the artist 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

Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, "Geometric Abstraction, Latin American Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection / Abstracción Geométrica Arte Latinoamericano en la Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros", March 3 - November 4, 2001

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, 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

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

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