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José Guerrero

Galeria Juana Mordó

José Guerrero belongs to the same generation of artists as Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock. This fact may seem anecdotal in speaking about Guerrero now, but it helps us understand the orientation to which he has held for over 30 years, since settling in New York in 1950 while continuing to sojourn regularly in Spain.

Guerrero’s abstraction, although related specifically to American Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism, is also rooted in a Spanish sensibility, an ambience manifested in the evocative and symbolic way in which he uses color. In his landscapes and figures of the ’40s forms were progressively dissolved, until the artist arrived at an abstraction in which color functioned spatially and autonomously, emerging as the painting’s protagonist. When the Spanish vanguard of the ’50s and early ’60s was oriented toward European art informel, Guerrero turned to American Action

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