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León Ferrari, Untitled, 2010, wire, 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4".

León Ferrari

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León Ferrari, Untitled, 2010, wire, 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4".

Despite the signal 2009 exhibition “Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari and Mira Schendel,” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the work of the Argentine artist León Ferrari is, in all likelihood, unfamiliar to much of the North American public; in fact, that show’s catalogue forms the basic English reference to Ferrari’s striking output, which is still in vital production though Ferrari is, at this reviewing, a veteran prodigy at ninety years of age.

When he was young, to judge from the MoMA catalogue, Ferrari was an enchanting idealist—also an accomplished ceramist and draughtsman, but not a painter’s painter and never to be one. Social activism was his strong suit, a Conceptualist populism stoked by the Vietnam adventure—evidenced by the figures of Christ crucified on the bellies of US fighter jets, say. But his fury was particularly ignited by the Argentine “Dirty War”

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