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In this review, Maritza Jiménez discusses Variaciones sobre Reticuláreas [Variations on Reticuláreas], the book of poems by Alfredo Silva Estrada, illustrated with five of Gego’s drawings. Jiménez reports that the book, designed by Gerd Leufert, will be presented that night at eight o’clock at the Sala Cadafe in Caracas. The review includes comments by both artists on the process of producing this volume of poems. Gego claims that she was unaware of the book’s existence until the very last moment. Silva Estrada confirms that and explains that it is a fortuitous, unplanned project, and a spontaneous celebration of Gego’s work. In her opinion, the work is not an “illustrated poem,” but a joint creative project that respects the autonomy of both artists and enriches them both.
Among the various creative responses to Reticulárea—the work by the German-born Venezuelan artist Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt, 1912–1994)—one of the most relevant was the long poem by Alfredo Silva Estrada (1933–2009), Variaciones sobre Reticuláreas [Variations on Reticuláreas]. Published to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the work’s creation, it is illustrated with five drawings by Gego and designed by the well-known artist and designer Gerd Leufert, Gego’s companion. The poet and the artist had worked together once before, in 1964, on a project that also combined their two artistic languages—words and visual arts—in a handmade book of poems by Silva Estrada called Lo nunca proyectado [What is Never Projected] with illustrations by Gego.
Translated into English by Paulette Pagani in 2010, this review 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, Houston, and the Fundación Gego, Caracas.