In conjunction with the opening of Eugenio Espinoza: Unruly Supports (1970 – 1980), the artist will speak about his humorous and irreverent manipulations of the grid, a modernist icon, with Jesús Fuenmayor, curator of the exhibition. This talk will be in Spanish with English simultaneous interpretation.
Unruly Supports (1970 – 1980) highlights over fifty works produced by Espinoza in reaction to the dominant tendencies of geometric abstraction in Venezuela. Known for a humorous and irreverent approach, Espinoza destabilizes the grid, an iconic symbol of modern art, by way of folding, stretching, and cutting the geometric form.
About the artist and curator:
Eugenio Espinoza was born in 1950, in San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela. From 1966 to 1974, he studied at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas Cristobal Rojas and the Instituto de Diseno Newmann-Ince both in Caracas. From 1977 to 1981, he lived in New York where he studied at the Pratt Institute, New York University and the School of Visual Arts. In 1972, Espinoza exhibited cut and folded canvases at the Museo de Bellas Artes and his Impenetrable at Ateneo de Caracas. His works belong to numerous permanent collections such as Tate Modern, London; the Fine Arts Museum of Houston; the Pérez Art Museum Miami; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach; the Galeria de Arte Nacional, Caracas; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas; Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Sao Paulo; Museo de Arte Moderno, Rio de Janeiro; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Bogota; Foundation Gego, Caracas; Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York; the Cisneros-Fontanels Art Foundation, Miami; among others. He lives and works in Gainesville, Florida.
Since 2012, Jesús Fuenmayor has worked as the director and curator of The Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO). Fuenmayor also worked as curator at Periférico Caracas, where he organized over thirty exhibitions.