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Madrid exhibition

COLD AMERICA
Geometric Abstraction in Latin America
(1934-1973)

11 February to 15 May 2011

Cold America

THE CATALOGUE

The exhibition catalogue, in two editions, Spanish and English, includes essays by Osbel Suárez, guest curator, as well as a number of renowned artists and experts on Latin-American art. Contributions include Ferreira Gullar’s essay on the dialectics between concrete an neo-concrete Brazilian artists and César Paternosto’s account of the Madí deconstruction of the frame, María Amalia García’s distinctive approach to the Brazilian and Argentine art scene and Luis Pérez-Oramas’s to Venezuelan constructivism, and Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro’s study of the similarities and differences between abstract art on both sides of the Atlantic. This collection of essays adds to the narrative of the exhibition by presenting an impressive body of textual evidence.

The catalogue is completed with a total of sixty-four up-to-date biographies of the artists featured in the show, as well as an illustrated chronology and a selection of historical documents, some never before published. Printed here almost in their entirety, the importance of these documents—mainly texts, manifestoes, and letters—cannot be understated, as they are pivotal in understanding geometric abstraction as a plural phenomenon that took place in Latin America between the 1930s and 1960s. Published in both English and Spanish, these documents offer a comprehensive selection of texts that is not only useful but in many cases essential for a complete overview of the activities carried out over the course of four decades in five different countries by a number of artists featured in the exhibition, as well as theorists, poets, art critics, and academics.


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