Georgina Chumaceiro and Elizabeth Castillo
Art Nouveau Gallery Directors
cordially invite you
to the opening reception of
Geometry and Mannerisms
Works by Antonio Asis, Lygia Clark, Rafael Barrios, Martha Boto, Omar CarreÃ±o, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Joao Galvao, Julio Le Parc, Mateo Manaure, Rogelio Polesello, Francisco Salazar, Francisco Sobrino, Jesus R. Soto and Gregorio Vardanega.
Curated by Alexandrina Pereira
on Saturday December 7, 7 – 10
Wynwood Arts District
348 NW 29th St.
Museo Vault Building
Miami, FL 33127
305 573 4661
One of the main artistic movements to have shaped the history of art since the early 20th century is Geometric Abstraction. This trendâ€”a logical consequence of avant-garde movements such as Cubism, Futurism and Constructivismâ€”is recognized as the most rigorous branch of abstract art. Its principles were formulated by Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg in his â€œManifesto of Concrete Artâ€ (1930), and strictly adhered to in the 1940s by the Zurich School and its protagonists Richard Paul Lohse, Camille Graeser and Max Bill.
From the mid-20th century onward, the Concrete Art movement sparked unprecedented interest among artists in Europe, but even more so in Latin America. Countries such as Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil seemed not only predisposed to this new mode of thinking but also ready to assimilate it and change its nature, which resulted in a more dynamic, intuitive and experimental geometry that ran counter to the original precepts of Concrete Art.
This exhibition, evocatively entitled Geometry and Mannerisms, features works by Latin American artists who adopted and transformed Geometric Abstraction, and others by the innovators who took it even further, paving the way for Kinetic Art.
A study of the historical facts reveals that this revival emerged from 1945 onward in the region of Rio de la Plata, where there was heated debate about the legacy of Concrete Art. Shortly afterward it appeared in Venezuela too, before spreading to Cuba and Brazil.
The concrete poet Ferreira Gullar rightly viewed the emergence of the Brazilian Neo-Concrete movement as a veritable step forward, one which the European Constructivist avant-garde had not taken through excessive rationalism. And it fell to the generation of kinetic artists to take geometric art to new extremes and orient it in new directions, sparking issues that concern the art of today. The interplays between these consecutive movements (Concrete Art, Geometric Abstraction in Latin America, Kinetic Art) and their connections with contemporary art issues were highlighted by two major exhibitions: the first, Beyond Geometry, was hosted by the County Museum of Art in Los Angeles in 2004, and the second, Dynamo, by the Grand Palais in Paris in the spring of 2013.
About Art Nouveau Gallery
Art Nouveau Galeria was founded in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1987 by Elizabeth Hazim de Castillo and in 2010 she opened a space in Wynwood, Miami, known as Art Nouveau Gallery with her daughter in law and partner Georgina Chumaceiro. The gallery features modern and contemporary art focused on the geometric abstraction art, widely explored in Latin America, and ranges from emerging and mid-career artists to major historical art figures such as Cruz-Diez, JesÃºs Rafael Soto, Francisco Sobrino and Rogelio Polesello among others.
Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, apart from a strong secondary market, represents highly credentialed Latin American Geometric Abstraction artists such as Rafael Barrios, Alberto Cavalieri, Hector Ramirez, Roberto Lombada and Abel Ventoso.