valencia

Guillermo Kuitca

Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM)

In a country where the work of most artists seems to have absorbed a foreign discourse or theory rather than developing its own, Guillermo Kuitca is a major exception. Kuitca, once the child prodigy (as obsessively portrayed in many of his previous pieces) has coherently and yet paradoxically exhausted his life in his work. This show included a comprehensive view of his oeuvre from his first paintings—crucially influenced by Pina Bausch’s dance theater—to his most recent works, which included a specially designed installation in which many small cradles, with mattresses on which maps had been painted, were used to build labyrinthine pathways in the middle of a large room.

While Kuitca’s first works used language with elements somewhere between the symbolic and the banal, showing a very intimate and personal perception of space, later pieces incorporated new ways of reading, defining, and

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the November 1993 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.