Retrospective. Beginning in the early 1920s, the Venezuelan artist painted coastal landscapes with monochromatic palettes imitative of the bright white light of the seashore. These highly tactile paintings seem to anticipate later monochromatic abstract art. Comprising some 100 works, the exhibition is divided into sections of figurative and landscape painting.
This first U.S. retrospective exhibition of the groundbreaking Venezuelan artist Armando Reverón (1889–1954) introduces his work to international audiences. Beginning in the early 1920s, Reverón painted coastal landscapes with monochromatic palettes imitative of the bright white light of the seashore. These highly tactile paintings are unique in early modernism, and seem to anticipate later monochromatic abstract art. Later, Reverón began to paint depictions of industrial activity in a nearby port. By the mid-1930s, Reverón turned to large-format figural compositions based on life-sized dolls. Rendered in blurry sepia monochrome, his figurative works seem to replicate the perceptual experience of puzzling out forms in shadowy interiors. By 1947, Reverón’s work became entirely figurative; his doll-models served as the subjects of an extraordinary group of late drawings. Comprising some one hundred works, the exhibition is divided into sections of figurative and landscape painting and also includes the life-sized dolls and many of the imitation practical objects that Reverón and his partner Juanita Ríos created to fill their secluded home in the small Caribbean village of Macuto. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, the first major publication on Reverón in English. The exhibition is organized by John Elderfield,The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, in consultation with Luis Pérez-Oramas, The Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, The Museum of Modern Art.
Press Preview: February 6, 2007, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Gallery, sixth floor
11 West 53 Street - New York