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Image of Gego sculptural installation by Tony Russell
Photo: Tony Russell

Gego

Lines in Space

Paris
November 24 2022 – January 14 2023

LGDR is pleased to present Lines in Space, the first gallery exhibition in Paris dedicated to the work of Gego (1912–1994). A leading figure of Venezuelan abstraction in the 1960s and ’70s, Gego created multidimensional works that radically engage the properties of line and space. Presented in collaboration with Fundación Gego, Lines in Space will offer a concentrated survey of the artist’s works across media, including the constellated wire structure Chorro (1979/86), the six-part steel-and-bronze sculpture Cornisa I (1967), and her luminous watercolors, collages, and drawings. Opening November 24, this presentation follows those organized by Lévy Gorvy in New York (2015) and London (2016), continuing a long-standing relationship with the artist’s estate

Best known for her net-like wire structures, Gego rejected stylistic categories and historical trajectories of influence, wedding the intuition of expressionism and the order of the constructivist grid. Her approach to geometric abstraction is defined by her calligraphic hand as well as her training in architecture and engineering. Working between artistic disciplines, Gego challenged the grid as an idealized form so often employed in modernized urban space. Indeterminacy was something she welcomed in the reception and production of her works. In 1981, she wrote: “What is stimulating is activity, the development of which is impossible to know beforehand.

Spanning a period from 1961 through 1990, Lines in Space begins with works on paper that explore the possibilities of line to disrupt or diffuse ordered composition. On view will be key examples of the artist’s sculptural series, such as Chorro (1979/86). Initiated as a Chorro (Stream) work in 1979, the sculpture was reworked by the artist in 1986, attaining the net-like qualities of Reticulàrea, Gego’s most impactful series. The work is one of approximately 15 large-scale, stand-alone wire sculptures by the celebrated artist.

The three-dimensional works in the exhibition have the effect of immaterial volumes, constructed by shadow as much as solid form. Across her work, Gego dissolved structural boundaries to activate marginal and interstitial space. The latest works on view belong to the artist’s final series, Tejeduras (Weavings) (1988–91), which comprise found paper woven to recall the textile craft Gego learned in her childhood in Hamburg, Germany.

Lines in Space will coincide with a major retrospective of the artist’s work on view at Museo Jumex in Mexico City (October 2022–February 2023), which traveled from the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (2019–20) and will continue on to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (March–September 2023), and the Guggenheim Bilbao (October 2023–February 2024). In 2023, Lines in Space will be presented at LGDR in New York, offering a precise, in-depth view into Gego’s work, illuminating its logic of connectivity and possibility.

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OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday November 24  |  5 – 8 pm
4 Passage Saint-Avoye
via 8 Rue Rambuteau

 
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