In 1951, Swiss artist Max Bill won the São Paulo Biennial’s grand prize for sculpture. Although Bill’s work had little influence in postwar Europe, it quickly became central to the modernist movements of South America. His sculpture presents a primary geometric shape, the demisphere, splitting and torquing along its central axis. Throughout his career spanning eight decades, Bill created art through mathematical operations based in geometry.
Gallery label from Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, October 21, 2019–March 14, 2020