The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Fundación Juan March Presents "Cold America" Geometrical Abstraction in Latin America
Alexandre Wollner, Cartel de la III Bienal de Sao Paulo en el Museo de Arte Moderna, 1955. Impresion digital, 2010. Coleccion Particular.

MADRID.- Around 300 exhibits (including works of art and documentation) by more than 60 artists offer a comprehensive overview of trends in Latin American abstract art. The time-span is defined by the dates of two return trips from Europe: that of Torres-García to Uruguay in 1934, and Jesús Rafael Soto’s return to Venezuela in 1973.

The Fundación Juan March inaugurated COLD AMERICA on February 11th. GEOMETRICAL ABSTRACTION IN LATIN AMERICA (1934-1973) at its Madrid exhibition space (Castelló 77). The exhibition aims to chart a rigorous and systematic topography of the complex and fragmented history of geometrical abstraction in Latin America.

The resulting map intends to reveal the influences of the European tradition on Latin American abstract artists, as well as their decisive break with that tradition: their process of rethinking and the way that geometrical abstraction differentiated itself from the European tradition in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Uruguay, Venezuela and Mexico.

The exhibition includes around 300 exhibits (including works of art and documentation), some never previously seen outside their country of origin, by more than 60 artists from the above-mentioned countries. It is on display in Madrid until 15 May. The works have been loaned from museums and private collections in Europe, the United States and Latin America. The exhibition marks the most concerted effort to date to bring together the finest works from the most important collections in order to offer a comprehensive vision of the different trends within Latin American abstract art.


A Latin America that differs from conventional stereotypes emerges from the works by Latin American artists of the decades covered by the exhibition, as well as in their texts and written reflections, their manifestoes and the publications that they inspired and produced, and in their artistic aims and convictions. Rather than a blanket identification of the region with the Tropics and the Caribbean, with exaggerated theatricality and spontaneous heat and with the indigenous and the local, what emerges is a Latin America that could be termed “cold”, in the positive sense of objective, geometrical and rational: a Latin America in which numerous artists cast a distant, objective gaze on their own traditions and those of elsewhere in order to formulate a pure type of abstraction that is both fascinating and surprising.

The exhibition’s chronological span is defined by the journeys of two artists back to Latin America, in 1934 and 1973. The first is that of Joaquín Torres-García in 1934, who returned to Montevideo after more than four decades in Europe, and the second is the return in 1973 of Jesús Rafael Soto, again returning from Europe, this time to his native city of Ciudad Bolivar to inaugurate the first phase of the museum that bears his name. The year 1973 also saw the death of the Brazilians Waldemar Cordeiro and Iván Serpa, founders of the Ruptura and Frente groups, respectively. In addition to painting, the present exhibition features photography, sculpture and architecture. Overall, including both works of art and documentation, it comprises almost 300 exhibits by 64 artists.

Today's News

February 14, 2011

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass Says Some Objects Looted from Museum Found

Galerie Max Hetzler Presents a Small Retrospective of Major British Artist Bridget Riley

Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914 Examines a Moment of Radical Experimentation in 20th Century Art

The National Gallery Presents Roxy Paine: One Hundred Foot Line and Painting Manufacture Unit

Philbrook Museum of Art Features Exhibition American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow

Saint Louis Art Museum Presents Breathtaking Exhibition "Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea"

Kunsthalle Mannheim Presents Ré Soupault: Rediscovery of a Companion of the Avant-Garde

Prince Philip: Celebrating Ninety Years at the Drawings Gallery in Windsor Castle

American Master David Smith Featured in Exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington

Researchers Say Slaves Hid African Charms on Colonial Greenhouse in Maryland

The Fundación Juan March Presents "Cold America" Geometrical Abstraction in Latin America

14th International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair to Open April 14-17, 2011

A Table from the Sea's Edge by Silas Birtwistle on Display in Liverpool's World Museum

ArtPrize 2011 Registration Dates Announced

The Signal Gallery Presents First Group Show 'Mixed Doubles'

Masterpieces to Appear in the Upcoming Art Revolution Taipei 2011

Virginia Museum and The Martin Agency Use Technology to Reach Picasso Enthusiasts

The Knoxville Museum of Art Presents Nine Video Works by Filmmaker Peter Sarkisian

The Jewish Museum Presents 'The Line and the Circle' Video Installation by Sharone Lifschitz

Romancing the West: Alfred Jacob Miller Exhibition Opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe on view at the Walters Art Museum

Sotheby's London February Wine Sale To Feature Superb Wine Collection

Best of the West Awards Recognise the Work of the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- John Surtees' one-owner 1957 BMW 507 to be offered for the first time at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale

2.- Antiques looted in Libya by IS sold in Spain, two experts arrested

3.- The world's oldest bridge to be preserved by the British Museum's Iraq Scheme

4.- Exquisite jewels dazzle in historic Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia

5.- Now showing in US cinemas: "Hitler VS Picasso and The Others" directed by Claudio Poli

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns stolen idols to Nepal

7.- Glasgow starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

8.- Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl sells for $30.4 million

9.- Gardner Museum publishes "Stolen" book about 13 works in 1990 theft

10.- Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Curator, Islamic Art & Culture

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful