Topic Descriptor: geometric abstraction×
  • [A pesar que no es un lugar común...]
    Brandt, Alberto, 1924-1970
    1957
    This text by artist Alberto Brandt describes the artistic aims of his exhibition Alberto Brandt. Exposición de pinturas held at the Centro Profesional del Este in Caracas in 1957. As opposed to the “pseudo-classicism,” rationality, and formalism [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1160234

  • [A principios del presente decenio, en la ciudad de La Plata, un grupo de pintores...]
    López Anaya, Jorge
    1966
    Jorge López Anaya writes about the rapid emergence of Grupo Sí [Yes Group] in the city of La Plata. He analyzes the use of chromatic saturation as a trait typical of the group’s artists. The critic states that the chromatic geometry represents, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 763674

  • [Conocí a Hlito desde sus comienzos como militante del grupo concreto...]
    Pellegrini, Aldo
    1963
    This introductory text for works by Alfredo Hlito emphasizes how the artist expanded their sensory territory while not abandoning the notion of purely visual painting. Pellegrini also points out that Hlito’s works also divide space into planes in a [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 744523

  • [Enio Iommi]
    Pellegrini, Aldo
    1972
    In this introductory text for works by Enio Iommi, Pellegrini highlights how the artist’s sculpture broke with the traditional criteria of volume, weight and quiescence by juxtaposing spatial structure against volume. His analysis dates three [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 744611

  • [Hablando de...]
    Rojas, Carlos, 1933-
    In this notebook, which is one of several kept by Colombian artist Carlos Rojas, the author writes down thirty-two points essential to his art.  Written like a manifesto, this particular manuscript contains ideas that Rojas considers innate to his [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1089916

  • [Hubiera querido escribir sobre Paternosto y Puente...]
    Romero Brest, Jorge
    1966
    In this document, the art critic Jorge Romero Brest writes about the work of César Paternosto and Alejandro Puente, discussing the concepts of color and image. Romero Brest emphasizes the treatment of the irregular frames that simultaneously suggest [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 762947

  • [La ascesis que Hlito ha practicado...]
    Derbecq, Germaine
    1960
    French artist and critic Germaine Derbecq wrote, in a literary text, about the work of Alfredo Hlito underscoring its differences from Concrete art, especially regarding the modulation of color. She conceives Hlito's painting as a block without [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 762882

  • [La intención de construir la Forma exclusivamente con los atributos...]
    Oliver, Samuel
    1967
    In his presentation, Samuel Oliver discusses the new order involved in building form with its own defining formal attributes. He supports his proposal with simple volumes and takes advantage of pure, highly visible colors. The forms are built into [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 769033

  • [La repetitión de formes disposeés selon un mécanisme...]
    Pellegrini, Aldo
    1962
    In this text, Aldo Pellegrini introduces the Luis R. Tomasello exhibition held at Galería Denise René in Paris (November 1962). He emphasizes that the works presented make use of spatial volumes that are subordinated to the plane in which they move [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 744595

  • [Las esculturas de Paparella...]
    Pellegrini, Aldo
    1968
    In the introductory text for Aldo Paparella, the critic points out that Paparella’s works manage to synthesize the rational aspect with the vital. Pellegrini likewise emphasizes that the use of quite different materials, such as torn wood and metal [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 744548

  • [Nelson Blanco y Carlos Pacheco, ganadores ambos del Premio Braque...]
    Yurkiévich, Saúl, 1931-
    1965
    Poet and essayist Saúl Yurkiévich identifies Nelson Blanco and Carlos Pacheco as two figurative artists who react against Informalism, although he tracks the influence of chromatic geometry in both. For Yurkievich, the dynamics of new painting [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 762759

  • [Una confrontación que dé idea de la situación en la que se encuentran...]
    Pellegrini, Aldo
    1968
    This is the text of an introductory essay for an exhibition of both Figurative and Non-figurative art. In Aldo Pellegrini’s opinion, both alternatives have not only overcome their old enmity but now proclaim the vitality of painting to those who [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 744539

  • Arte vinculado a la industria
    Grupo 8 (Uruguay)
    1959
    In its bulletin, GRUPO 8, created in Montevideo in 1959, exposed the need to organically and institutionally tie national industries to those Uruguayan artists affiliated with modernity. The objective was to promote labor sources for Uruguayan modern [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1313167

  • Ary Brizzi –o las estructuras parageométricas–
    Uribe, Basilio
    1967
    The critic writes about Ary Brizzi’s work beginning with the concept of “structure.” He discusses the existence of geometric art and—considering the combinations of geometry are exhaustible—he opts to use the term “parageometry.” Uribe [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 762920

  • Breve diálogo con Jean Dewasne
    Szyszlo, Fernando de
    1954
    In this article, Fernando de Szyszlo interviews his colleague, the renowned French exponent of geometric abstraction, Jean Dewasne, who explains that he rejects the romantic concept of “inspiration” on the grounds that it is a “passive” [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 859117

  • Carmen Herrera : like a rumor in the eye = Carmen Herrera : como un rumor en el ojo
    Valdés, Zoé, 1959-
    1999
    In this brief, bilingual essay by novelist Zoé Valdés, the author explores the function of Carmen Herrera’s paintings from a visual as well as a poetic point of view. She analyzes the lyricism and yet mathematical approach to Herrera’s style, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 822098

  • Construtivismo
    Ruchti, Jacob
    1941
    In the view of Jacob Ruchti, the origin of Constructivism can be traced to the analytic investigation of Cubism. He believes that Constructivism implies “a new conceptual vision of things,” where colors, lines, and forms have an expressive power [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 780261

  • De la evocación posmodernista a la ilusión moderna
    Silva, Carlos
    1997
    The critic Carlos Silva wrote a study of the work of the Venezuelan sculptor Edgar Guinand, pointing out two fundamental periods in his life in art. The first is defined by the writer in the visual arts context that follows the Latin American Post- [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1169271

  • Eduardo Sued : a geometria da fuga
    Doctors, Marcio
    1988
    In this text, critic Márcio Doctors analyzes the work of Brazilian painter Eduardo Sued for whom the author asserts geometry is the translation of the unnamable space of things and a point of departure, rather than a destination. He writes, & [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111381

  • El Arte Absoluto de Ramírez Villamizar
    Engel, Walter, 1908-2005
    1964
    This text by historian and critic Walter Engel may be the first essay to specifically focus on Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar’s work in relief, which Engel considers key to the artist’s transition from painting to sculpture. Engel’s provides a [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1093770

  • El arte clásico de Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar
    Eiger, Casimiro, 1909- 1987
    1995
    The essay “El arte clásico de Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar” by art critic Casimiro Eiger is one of the first critical texts to address Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar’s work as part of the geometric abstraction movement. Eiger considers Ramírez’ [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1093722

  • El nereida : Óleos recientes
    Calzadilla, Juan, 1931
    1965
    Juan Calzadilla begins his critical essay by relating a crisis in geometric abstraction to the exploration of Informalism by Omar Carreño. Calzadilla reflects on Carreño’s embrace of the gestural and material aspects of the trend in his paintings [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1157417

  • Exposición de arte no figurativo
    1960
    This is of the checklist of the groups included in the Exposición de arte no figurativo [Exhibition of Non-Figurative Art] (1960): they were Asociación de Arte no figurativo [Association of Non-Figurative Art], Arte Nuevo [New Art], Grupo Buenos [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 762859

  • Ficciones abstractas
    Rangel, Gabriela, 1963-
    1998
    The synopsis and the annotations in English are coming soon. However, our bilingual readers can click on “Español” to access this information in Spanish [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1155346

  • Gego : íntima y universal
    Pérez Oramas, Luis, 1960-
    2006
    In this essay, Luis Enrique Pérez Oramas describes Gego’s body of work. The curator identifies the artist’s early work in the category of geometric abstraction; however, as she developed, she moved toward an approach that was “organic and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1159752

  • Gego : outside in, inside out
    Carvajal, Rina
    1999
    In this essay, Venezuelan curator Rina Carvajal asserts that by means of the disintegration and reconfiguration of the form, the visual discourse formulated by Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt, 1912–1994), a Venezuelan artist of German origin, opened up [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1158157

  • Gego y la escena analítica del cinetismo
    Pérez Oramas, Luis, 1960-
    2000
    Luis Enrique Pérez Oramas believed that as a foreigner in Venezuela, Gego gave her work the function of an “analytical process” by constructing a “neutral space” in a time saturated by Kinetic art and geometric abstraction. Her work resists [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1159736

  • Gego, retículas residuales y modernidad involuntaria : la sombra, los rastros y el sitio = Gego, residual reticulareas and involuntary modernism : shadow, traces, and site
    Pérez Oramas, Luis, 1960-
    2003
    Luis Enrique Pérez Oramas analyzes Gego’s work in light of what he considers her contribution to the history of visual art. The critic considers [the source of] that contribution to be the different artistic milieu in which her artistic life [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1159784

  • Homenaje a los artífices precolombinos
    Ramírez Villamizar, Eduardo, 1923-2004
    1989
    In 1989, Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar showed his series of works titled Homenaje a los Artífices Precolombinos [Tribute to Pre-Columbian Artisans] at the III Bienal de La Habana [Third Havana Biennial]. The Colombian sculptor wrote an essay for the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1092011

  • Jorge de la Vega (1930-1971) : muestra homenaje
    Pellegrini, Aldo
    1991
    This introductory text for a tribute exhibition identifies the three periods of Jorge de la Vega’s work: the geometric stage, the Nueva Figuración [New Figuration] stage (within painting), and the stage of songs, poems, and accompanying shows. [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 745058

  • K. S. looks at : cows, mats and art
    Kemble, Kenneth, 1923-
    1960
    Kenneth Kemble points out the characteristics of Generative art. He mentions Rafael Squirru’s lecture. Kemble is ironic about geometry and the aesthetic value of the cow (regarding the rancher and collector, Ignacio Pirovano). He highlights the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 740822

  • La conquista de una síntesis multideterminada
    Guédez, Víctor
    1993
    Of the three chapters in the book by researcher Víctor Guédez on the Venezuelan artist Armando Barrios. Lo permanente, lo novedoso y lo influyente, chapter three, “Lo influyente,” is discussed here. Under subtitle five (“La conquista de una s [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1158065

  • La visión elemental : las formas no ilusionistas
    Ambrossini, César
    1967
    The manifesto La visión elemental [The Elemental Vision] puts forth a Non-Illusionist theoretical position on the image: working with volumetric or flat forms, simple and concise, activating planes and volumes using pigmentation, the usage of flat [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 766360

  • Las nuevas tendencias del muralismo en el mundo
    Mérida, Carlos, 1891-1984
    1953
    This article by Carlos Mérida sets forth the different formal and basic elements for the integration of several art fields: scale, rhythm, color and harmony. In the artist’s opinion, the new generation of Mexican painters possesses a tendency [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 735942

  • Los coloritmos de Alejandro Otero
    Schön, Elizabeth
    1960
    Writer Elizabeth Schön critiques the Coloritmos series by Alejandro Otero, and speculates that the intention of the series is its potential for producing visual-chromatic emotions. In this regard, Schön examines the theme of the Coloritmos, whose [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1172142

  • Manaure y la inmensa noche
    Guevara, Roberto, 1932-1998
    1965
    The critic Roberto Guevara comments on Mateo Manaure’s pinturas sobremontaje. In the critic’s opinion, this series represents one of the artist’s most noteworthy contributions, after his achievements in the field of geometric abstract art, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1156411

  • Omar Carreño; premio a la constancia, al genio y a la rectitud del proceder creador
    Schael, Alfredo
    1973
    Venezuelan writer and journalist Alfredo Schael interviews Omar Carreño in 1973, a year after he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas [National Prize for the Visual Arts]. The author examines the career of the Venezuelan painter and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1157337

  • Panoplia de prodigios
    Pellegrini, Aldo
    1963
    In this text, critic Aldo Pellegrini points out that Rogelio Polesello’s work has begun moving away from an initial tendency toward pure formal spectacle and, now, is approaching the search for spontaneous gesture, although a peculiar sense of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 744565

  • Paternosto y Puente
    Pellegrini, Aldo
    1964
    This introductory essay explains that the works by Alejandro Puente and César Paternosto take a different approach to geometric expression, thus introducing what might be called a ”sensitive geometry” as opposed to the hardness of Concrete art, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 744580

  • Something’s Got to Give = Algo tiene que ceder
    Storr, Robert
    2006
    Robert Storr analyzes Gego’s work in the formal milieu in which it was created. The curator begins with an introduction in which he provides the essential information about her life, her late training as an artist, and the influence of Paul Klee [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1160071

  • Tres aspectos de la pintura argentina actual
    Whitelow, Guillermo
    1964
    Guillermo Whitelow writes about how prone the Argentinean artists are to group themselves into three distinct tendencies. In the first group (José A. Fernández Muro, Sarah Grilo, Miguel Ocampo, Kasuya Sakai, Clorindo Testa), he points out they have [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 763632

  • Utopía y forma en Ramírez Villamizar
    Morais, Frederico, 1936-
    1984
    In 1984, the Museo de Arte Moderno of Bogotá (MAM) in conjunction with the Flota Mercante Grancolombiana published a large-format book entitled Ramírez Villamizar with the most complete set of reproductions of work by this Colombian artist found in [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1093738

  • Vigas : imagen de una identidad
    Calzadilla, Juan, 1931
    1977
    Juan Calzadilla starts this critical text with a general commentary on the concept of “painting” when it is limited to the artist’s self-expression based on discovering a personal language, with the resulting isolation from the environment. He [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1152517

  • Vuelta sobre los pasos
    Maldonado Bourgoin, Carlos
    1994
    The critic Carlos Maldonado Bourgoin discusses the painter and sculptor Omar Carreño’s latest work, in which he returns to his exploration of geometrical abstraction. Maldonado Bourgoin mentions the Venezuelan artist’s passion for research, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1157385

  • XXXVII Bienal de Venecia : Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar
    Montealegre, Samuel, 1940-
    1976
    “Anatomía de un Método” [Anatomy of a Method], by the artist and writer Samuel Montealegre, is a review of Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar’s sculptural work. This essay was written as an introduction to the exhibition of the artist’s works at [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1099621