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Joaquín Torres-García: Constructing Abstraction with Wood



Joaquín Torres-García <EM>Planos de color con dos maderas superpuestas (Planes of Color with Two Superimposed Wood Pieces)</EM>, 1928 MACBA. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Photo courtesy of The Menil Collection
Joaquín Torres-García
Planos de color con dos maderas superpuestas (Planes of Color with Two Superimposed Wood Pieces),
1928 MACBA. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Photo courtesy of The Menil Collection
Joaquín Torres-García: Constructing Abstraction with Wood
UNITED STATES
HOUSTON, TEXAS  •  The Menil Collection  •  Ongoing
 
 

The exhibition centers chiefly on works from the 1920s to the 1940s, spanning the time from when Torres-García lived in Spain, New York, Italy, and France, developing toys and the vocabulary for his wood constructions, to his eventual settlement in Uruguay as the founder of a Constructivist art movement.  These sculptural works are accompanied by a selection of Torres-García’s oil paintings and drawings.

Joaquín Torres-García (1874–1949) is revered today as one of the most influential artists of the early twentieth century to have emerged from Latin America.

Celebrated for his work as a modernist painter, teacher, and author, Torres-García is also known for breaking new ground in the realm of wooden constructions or “maderas.” Beginning in the late 1920s in Paris, Torres-García adapted the language of Neo-Plasticism from his colleagues Mondrian and Van Doesburg into a new three-dimensional concept for grids and planes made of wood.



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