The first exhibition to bring together South American and US geometric abstraction, Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s features more than 90 works by 70 artists from Argentina, Brazil, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Constructive Spirit examines the connections, both conceptual and personal, among abstract artists, suggesting parallels that cut across time, national borders, and a range of media, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, drawings and films. Featured artists include Alexander Calder, Joaquín Torres-García, Jesús Rafael Soto, Gyula Kosice, Lygia Clark, Ellsworth Kelly, Geraldo de Barros and many others.
Constructive Spirit includes many never-before-seen works from the Newark Museum's preeminent collection of US art, as well as major loans from acclaimed private and public collections and galleries across both continents.
Following its premiere at the Newark Museum, Constructive Spirit will travel to the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, where it will be on view June 26 through September 5, 2010.
Complementing the exhibition are related programs and events. On Saturday, April 10 from 10 am to 5 pm the Newark Museum and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros will present an international symposium that will offer new perspectives on South American and US abstract artists including John Ferren, Juan Melé, Charles Biederman, Gego, Josef Albers and Lygia Pape. Other related programs include a lecture series, gallery talks and family events. For information, click here.
Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s is accompanied by a major publication of the same name that will be available February 2010 at the Newark Museum Shop. Fully illustrated and co-published by Pomegranate Press, it features seven essays that place North and South American abstraction in dialogue. Authors include Karen A. Bearor, Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Aliza Edelman, Adele Nelson, Mary Kate O'Hare and Cecilia de Torres. The 196-page publication will be available in hardcover for $39.95. Click here to order online or call the Museum Shop at 973-596-6362.
Major exhibition support provided by: Prudential, the Museum's Centennial sponsor, National Endowment for the Arts, Henry Luce Foundation, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Johnson & Johnson, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Consulate General of Brazil in New York, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Catalogue support is provided by Mr. Samuel C. Miller, Director Emeritus of the Newark Museum, in memory of Rosetta Miller, and the Society for the Preservation of American Modernists.
Early Childhood Initiative support provided by TD Charitable Foundation.
Banner image (left to right):
Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) (Venezuelan, born in Germany, 1912-1994), Gegofón, 1959, Iron; 27 1/2 in. high, Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York, NY, © Gego Foundation
John Ferren (US, 1905-1970), Paris Abstract, ca. 1935, Oil on canvas; 25 1/2 x 31 3/4 in., Newark Museum, Gift of Jerry Leiber, 1984, © Estate of John Ferren
Raúl Lozza (Argentine, 1911-2008), Relieve n°. 30 (Relief No. 30), 1945, Oil on plywood and metal; 16 1/2 x 21 1/8 x 1 1/16 in., Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, © Raúl Lozza