previews

  • “Gego: Line as Object”

    Hamburger Kunsthalle
    Glockengiesserwall
    November 29 - March 2

    Curated by Brigitte Kölle and Petra Roettig

    When, in 2000, Gego’s webbed suspensions of knotted wire appeared in an exhibition of postwar Latin American art organized by LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art, very little US or European scholarship on her work existed. The abundance of attention she has since received, however, has added great dimension to our understanding of the ways in which her organicist geometry relates to Venezuelan Kineticism, Brazilian Neo-concretism, and American post-Minimalism. This fall, European audiences will have a chance to view some 120 pieces by the Hamburg-born Venezuelan artist in the town of her birth. The curators offer a straightforward overview of the artist’s career, establishing a solid foundation for comparing Gego’s oeuvre with that of another Jewish artist from Hamburg driven abroad by the Nazis—Eva Hesse, whose work will be on view concurrently.

    Travels to the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany, Mar. 29–June 29, 2014; Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK, July 24–Oct. 19, 2014.