Guillermo Kuitca - Latin America New York Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sperone Westwater, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Hauser & Wirth, Guillermo Kuitca, September 24 - November 8, 2008
    Miami, Miami Art Museum, Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008 (October 9, 2009 - January 17, 2010); then travelled to Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (February 19 - May 30, 2010); Minneapolis, Walker Art Center - Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (June 25 - September 19, 2010); Washington DC, Smithsonian Institution - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (October 21, 2010 - January 16, 2011)

  • Literature

    Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008, exh. cat., Miami Art Museum, Miami, 2009, p. 195 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Guillermo Kuitca received international accolades at a young age when he was invited to participate in the XVIII São Paulo Biennal in 1989 and has since exhibited extensively worldwide, including major shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. While his early paintings investigated areas like architecture, theater and cartography, his recent body of work continues to develop into new arenas. The present lot utilizes an architectural floor plan as its base, yet faceted paint layers obscure the viewer’s full comprehension of the represented space, both blocking the didactic nature of the map and simultaneously demonstrating a preoccupation with Cubism. This work relates to Kuitca’s powerhouse exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and shows his aptitude for disrupting the traditional notions of painting by optically exploring three-dimensional space.

  • Artist Biography

    Guillermo Kuitca

    Argentinian • 1961

    Guillermo Kuitca is an Argentinean child prodigy who held his first solo exhibition at age thirteen. He emerged as a painter during the 1980s, rejecting the neoexpressionist trend of the time. Yet his art is intellectually demanding, formally complex and relevant to the historical moment.

    Kuitca is influenced by Antoni Tápies, Francis Bacon, Jenny Holzer and Pina Bausch. His paintings denote total abstraction and deal with space, language, deat, and travel. His series of maps from the 1990s depicted on canvases and mattresses explore themes of disappearance, migration and the importance of memory. He rarely depicts humans, and his map paintings are difficult to decipher geographically, allowing viewers to meditate on the psychology of space.

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signed and dated "Kuitca - 2008" on the reverse
oil on canvas
37 1/2 x 32 3/4 in. (95.3 x 83.2 cm)
Painted in 2008.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $47,500

Contact Specialist
Kaeli Deane
Head of Sale, Latin American Art
New York
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Latin America

New York Auction 24 May 2017