Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela, 1955-1975
Currently on display at the MFAH from Oct 28, 2018 - Jan 21, 2019
The Venezuelan Informalist movement emerged in the late 1950s as a response to the country's tumultuous transition from dictatorship to democracy, as well as to its rapid social transformation fueled by a booming oil business and increasing inequality due to newfound wealth. Rising tensions resulting from unbridled modernization created an environment of artistic dessent. Rejecting order, rationality, and clarity - key features of the geometric - abstract movement that preceded and continue to develop alongside Informalism - the Informalistas set out to transform the two-dimensional support, disintegrate form, and subvert notions of beauty and aesthetics in favor of a visceral approach to art more in tune with the period's raw political context. Their aim was to call attention to the uncertainty plaguing all levels of life in Venezuela.
Organized into five sections, Contesting Modernity presents works by internationally renowned figures such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, Gego, Alejandro Otero, and Jesús Rafael Soto. Many practitioners of the movement are represented, including Alberto Brandt, Elsa Gramcko, Fernando Irazábal, Francisco Hung, Mercedes Pardo, and Maruja Rolando to name a few.
More than 100 works of art across a variety of media—collage, painting, assemblage, photography—showcase the richness and complexity of the underrepresented movement. [Text property of the MFAH]
Objetografia no. 23 (1965)
By Carlos Puche.
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