new-york

Guillermo Kuitca

Annina Nosei Gallery

Argentina’s relative political stability during the late ’80s has occasioned a return to painting as a means of personal as well as political expression. Guillermo Kuitca is a member of this new generation, yet his penchant for choreographing fiction and metaphor, apparent in his New York debut, harks back to the theatrical experiments that established the New Figuration artists of the ’60s as a force of radical dissent in the face of a series of oppressive dictatorships.

Kuitca presents two motifs—the map and the single-family apartment plan—in a variety of formal and metaphorical contexts. The artist seems preoccupied with the acts of placing or locating himself, and these paintings may be seen as an attempt to mediate self and world through the repetitive evocation of symbols of placement and grounding.

In what seems like a nod to the readymade, Kuitca paints maps directly onto upholstered

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