Raúl Lozza Relief no. 30 1946

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In works such as Relief no. 30, Raúl Lozza fragmented the surface of painting into discrete parts—usually, irregular geometric shapes—that he fixed in a particular configuration with connecting rods. Known as “coplanals,” these constructions are placed directly onto the wall without any framing mechanism. The empty space in between their shapes thus becomes a part of the work. Lozza investigated the possibilities of the coplanal for years, founding with his brothers the Perceptismo group. They developed a mathematical approach to painting that focused on the relationship between the wall and the coplanal’s dimensions and colors.

Gallery label from Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, October 21, 2019–March 14, 2020
Medium
Oil, alkyd, pine resin, wax, and acrylic on wood and metal wire
Dimensions
16 1/2 × 21 1/8 × 1 1/16" (41.9 × 53.7 × 2.7 cm)
Credit
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund
Object number
832.2016
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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Provenance

The artist.
[Private collection, Switzerland]
? - February 6, 1998, Galeria César Aché, São Paulo.
February 6, 1998 - 2016, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas, purchased through Galeria César Aché.
2016, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as promised gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Exhibition history

New York, Galería Rachel Adler, "Argentina-Arte Concreto-Invención 1945, Grupo Madi, 1946", November 17 - December 29, 1990

Basel, Galerie Von Bartha, "Arte Concreto, invención. Arte madi", April 26 - July 14, 1991

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

São Paulo, Museu 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, Museu 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

Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural de España, "Arte Abstracto, cruzando líneas desde el sur", March 30 - May 27, 2005

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

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 - September 12, 2020

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