Lineas Y Piedras
The exhibition brings together a selection of photographs showcasing the presence of geometric spaces, masses with heavily contoured outlines, and the weight of Pre-Hispanic architecture - documenting urban landscapes through a Latin American lens. It is tempting to compare the tandem made up of León Ferrari and Jorge Ortiz, to that of Facundo de Zuviría and Pablo López Luz. The former trace in the void a movement of lines and signs, while the latter are more attached to the matter inscribed in architectural solids, in stone, or whatever stands in for it. The accumulation of metallic strokes in the photographs of León Ferrari creates a dizzying density within a carefully framed fabric. Having fled the Argentine military regime in 1976, Ferrari emigrated to Brazil. There, installed in a spacious workshop, he returned to works in steel sculpture in the semi-abstract vein of the early 1960s, which he then proceeded to photograph methodically. León Ferrari (1920-2013, Buenos Aires) is considered among the most significant artists working in Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century. He studied electrical engineering before becoming one of the foremost pioneers of conceptual art in Argentina. Ferrari’s work has been widely exhibited internationally. In 2007, he was awarded the Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennial. Selected exhibitions include: MALBA, Buenos Aires (2012) Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009) Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2004) Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2000). His work is included in prominent public and private collections including: the Museum of Modern Art, NY Reina Sofia, Madrid Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Buenos Aires Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museo de Arte de São Paulo Museo de Arte Moderno de Rio de Janeiro Daros Latinamerica, Zurich the Cisneros Collection Tate Modern, London The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY the Blanton Museum of Arts, Austin, TX.