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In this interview with Gego by Venezuelan journalist A. Feltra, certain aspects of the artist’s life and personality are discussed. Gego says that she does not like to expose her private life to the public, and asserts that her work speaks for itself. She states that the exhibition entitled Gego, to be held at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo of Caracas in 1977, would be the most comprehensive show of her work to date. She also discusses how important her work to her as an educator has been. In a sidebar, Sofía Imber, the director of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo at the time, remarks on the work Cuerdas [Strings] in Parque Central as an essential precursor to the upcoming exhibition.

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This interview with Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt, 1912–1994), a Venezuelan artist of German origin, by A. Feltra is significant due to what it reveals about the artist’s personality and character. Her introspective nature—the desire, of which Marta Traba would speak so often, to go unnoticed behind her work—is evident in this text. Also significant is the fact that the newspaper decided to publish the interview despite Gego’s oblique and firm criticism of the journalist for the basic nature of her questions. This decision can only be explained by the imminent opening of the exhibition entitled Gego at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo of Caracas (1977), which was attracting a great deal of media attention at the time. That exhibition was Gego’s first major solo show.

Researcher
Josefina Manrique
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Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
A. Feltra, 1977