Alejandro Otero. Pampatar Board. 1954

Alejandro Otero Pampatar Board 1954

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

Pampatar Board heralds the arrival of Colorhythms, a series of paintings that, to Otero, are “imbued with the constructive meaning given to me by an intimate and passionate contact with architectural rhythm and space.” In the 1950s, he worked with architects on several new public projects that aimed to modernize Caracas, often contributing murals. This work’s monumental verticality reflects the artist’s interest in modern architecture, while the composition’s rhythmic arrangement of vivid colors, obtained from industrial paints usually used on automobiles, conveys the dynamism of modern urban life that inspired Otero.

Gallery label from Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, October 21, 2019–March 14, 2020
Medium
Lacquer on wood
Dimensions
126 × 25 5/8 × 1 1/16" (320 × 65.1 × 2.7 cm)
Credit
Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Adriana Cisneros de Griffin and Nicholas Griffin
Object number
PG852.2016
Copyright
© 2020 / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / AUTORARTE, Venezuela
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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Provenance

The artist.
[Estate of Alfredo Boulton, Caracas]
? - 1990, Stanley Ellis, Caracas, inherited from Alfredo Boulton.
1990 - 2016, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas, purchased from Stanley Ellis.
2016, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, acquired as promised gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Exhibition history

São Paulo, Museo 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, Museo 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

Lima, Museo de Arte de Lima, "Diálogos. Arte Latinoamericano desde la Colección Cisneros", June 22 - September 26, 2004 and tour:
Santiago de Chile, Museo de Bellas Artes de Santiago de Chile, November 2 - February 28, 2005
Bogotá, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, May 5 - June 29, 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

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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