Luis Gordillo

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

Superyo congelado” (Frozen superego) spans forty years of Luis Gordillo’s career. Born in 1934, Gordillo has been a central figure in Spanish art from the ’60s on, though he is far less well known abroad—a surprising fact considering his work’s affinity with that of such widely acknowledged figures as Terry Winters and Jonathan Lasker. At each stage of Gordillo’s development, his approach to the art of the moment (informalism, Pop, geometric, etc.) reveals a synthesis between his subjective impulses and the traces of external influences. In reality, each work, or even each moment in the process of a work’s construction, stems from the tension between the artist’s ego and foreign elements of any kind.

Despite his sequential adoption of diverse artistic frames of reference, Gordillo’s point of departure remains a kind of informalism—although it is his own dynamic version, based on this

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