On the occasion of the gallery's inaugural participation in The Armory Show, Galería RGR is pleased to showcase a selection of paintings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media works from the gallery's artist and artist’s estates programs. The proposal investigates the ability of different artists' visual language to be incorporated into the history of abstraction. The appearance of new perspectives has built a multicultural vision of the movement, which has allowed the history of abstract art to continue under constant construction.
The booth presents iconic pieces by artists who marked the contemporary Latin American scene such as Oswaldo Vigas, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Julio Le Parc. Oswaldo Vigas linked his work to Venezuelan visual culture and primitivist aesthetics, Cruz-Diez established a distinctive way of painting with color in space and time, and Julio Le Parc has developed a social and political commitment that conceives viewers not only as participants in the works but as co-authors.
Proposals that are innovative in technical terms, such as those of Diego Pérez, whose work is a material exploration, also were included. With two sculptures, Proyecto para remodelación de Toluca I and II, Pérez builds micro-spaces with a magical character, evoking places belonging to disappeared cultures or sacred sites. On his part, Matthias Bitzer uses unusual materials and minimalist elements to create an imaginary ecosystem that defies human rationality in The great entanglement.
Finally, the exhibition project presents artists who have given continuity to abstractionism with new proposals in the socio-cultural field. Following a social and political line, Patrick Hamilton proposes —from his photographs of the Atacama Desert intervened with copper plate— a kind of archaeological memory that investigates the history, politics and economy of Chile. Felipe Pantone, on his part, contributes to the critical dialogue through his artistic practice which converges urban culture and the digital revolution.
Through these works, that are defined by their experimentation and plurality, it is possible to follow innovations in the way of producing and experiencing artistic objects. The work of the selected artists raises new horizons for abstractionism and, consequently, allows viewers to have different approaches to the history of contemporary art.