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  • ICAA Record ID
    1159768
    TITLE
    Gego, la luz cernida dulcemente / Luis Pérez Oramas
    IN
    El Universal (Caracas, Venezuela). -- Nov. 20, 1994
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Pérez Oramas, Luis. “Gego, la luz cernida dulcemente.” El Universal (Caracas, Venezuela), November 20, 1994.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

Luis Enrique Pérez Oramas considers Gego the most important artist in Venezuelan modern art. In his opinion, her work broke through the conventional limits and was situated at the margin of the national art scene as “a work of critical importance.” The curator believes Gego understood that the stripped-down structure of the reticulum did not just provide support; but it instead generated a whole new aesthetic. According to Pérez Oramas, the artist’s best work was her reticular structures, in which she focused on empty space and the precarious equilibria as well as the generative effectiveness of the “rhizome.” Barely visible, her subtle meshes open the way to light, transparency, and to their antithesis—faint shadows. 

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This text was written by the Venezuelan curator and critic, Luis Enrique Pérez Oramas (b. 1960) about Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt, 1912–1994), the Venezuelan visual artist originally from Germany. It could be said that this text launched an abundant and fertile body of criticism focused on Gego’s artwork at the same time it laid the foundation for Pérez Oramas’s line of discussion. Examples are the contrast between the development of her work and that of the Kinetic artists, the reticular structure as the center of Gego’s particular interest, and the criticism implied by the development of her work in the artistic milieu in which she was working. In subsequent years, the critic would specifically examine all these themes in depth. 

This article was written at the time of the Gego’s death in Caracas, on September 17, 1994. 

 

Researcher
Josefina Manrique
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Reproduced with permission © Luis Perez Oramas