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Spread from Marie Orensanz’s Nature, energie, forcez, 1987–89, marble, water-based paint, ink, 6 x 7 x 1 1/2".

Marie Orensanz

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Spread from Marie Orensanz’s Nature, energie, forcez, 1987–89, marble, water-based paint, ink, 6 x 7 x 1 1/2".

Marie Orensanz featured recently in “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985,”a major traveling exhibition organized by the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Her first solo show in London focused on a selection of her works made between 1974 and 2015. When I visited the exhibition, it was a sunny early-spring morning. The paper and marble pieces, exhibited in a bright space, seemed all white, some of them with hints of light blue and green, at first difficult to fully perceive. These minimal interventions required my eyes to adjust and focus. Gradually, the details became visible: lines, single words, equations, vectors, sentences. The title of the show—“Shutdown!”—referred to a formative moment of Orensanz’s practice. When her installation El pueblo de la Gallareta (The Village of Gallareta), 1969, was shown in Argentina, the show was abruptly closed by censors under

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