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  • ICAA Record ID
    1149339
    TITLE
    Gego y los nuevos ámbitos de reticulárea / Roberto Guevara
    IN
    El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela). -- Jun. 21, 1970
    DESCRIPTION
    ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – notes
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Roberto, Guevara. "Gego y los nuevos ámbitos de Reticulárea." El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela), June 21, 1970.
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Synopsis

Roberto Guevara’s review of Gego’s Reticulárea (1969) was written a year after the work was created and originally installed. Guevara calls it the most complete installation in Venezuelan visual art up to that point (1970) because the open structure prompts the viewer to sit inside, in a never-ending space.

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This brief article by the Venezuelan critic Roberto Guevara (1932–1998) about Reticulárea (1969), the work created by the German-born Venezuelan visual artist, Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt, 1912–1994), is written to celebrate the first anniversary of its creation and original installation. Guevara was closely involved with the work, having witnessed the creation of this installation at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas. In fact it was Guevara who came up with the name Reticulárea. This review identifies Guevara as one of the first critics to understand the importance of the work, whether as an undeniable reference point within the context of Venezuelan visual art, or as fertile ground for research into the artist’s work. It was a prescient creation, given the work’s subsequent development and impact.

 

An excerpt from this essay is among the documents chosen for the bilingual book Desenredando la red. La Reticulárea de Gego. Una antología de respuestas críticas / Untangling the Web: Gego’s Reticulárea, An Anthology of Critical Response, María Elena Huizi and Ester Crespin (organizers)—to be published by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Fundación Gego, Caracas.

Researcher
Josefina Manrique
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Courtesy of the estate of Roberto Guevara