previews

Armando Reverón, Muñeca con tutú y peluca amarilla (Doll with Tutu and Yellow Wig), ca. 1940s, synthetic fiber, textile, wire, cotton fiber, printed paper, jute, and pigment, 62 5/8 x 19 11/16".

New York

Armando Reverón

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
February 11–April 16

Curated by John Elderfield

That Armando Reverón, a “belated Impressionist” from the periphery, is receiving a full-scale MoMA retrospective—some one hundred paintings, drawings, and sculptures made between 1920 and 1951—speaks volumes about the quality of his work. Best known for his nearly all-white landscapes of the Venezuelan coast painted in the 1920s, Reverón was a poet of the blinding effects of tropical light. The minimalistic results of Reverón’s recoding of the landscape genre belie the ritualistic excess that lay at the core of his practice. (His later work involved an almost fetishistic fabrication and depiction of dolls.) Reverón scholar Luis Pérez-Oramas and curator John Elderfield contribute essays to what will surely prove a groundbreaking catalogue.