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Gego: Autobiography of a Line

Dominique Lévy is pleased to present Gego: Autobiography of a Line, the first in a pair of exhibitions in New York and London celebrating the legacy of German-born Venezuelan artist Gego (Gertrude Goldschmidt [1912 – 1994]). In Gego’s intricate wire sculpture, line becomes a newly dimensional language with which to describe architectural space and engage the human body. Her practice is defined by radical abstraction, giving deeper narrative to forms both graceful and monstrous.

The first gallery exhibition ever organized in collaboration with Fundación Gego, Autobiography of a Line brings together key works from the artist's oeuvre, lent from several institutions including Fundación de Museos Nacionales, Venezuela, Colección Mercantil, Venezuela, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. The exhibition reunites Gego’s celebrated Chorros for the first time in New York City since their debut at Betty Parsons Gallery in 1971. This group of towering wire sculptures, created between 1970-71, embodies the palpable sense of entropic geometry and spatial play for which Gego’s œuvre is internationally admired. Also on view are late sculptures from the artist’s series of Dibujos sin papel (Drawings without Paper); small-scale Bichitos (Creatures); and works on paper that complicate and question the relationship between drawing and sculpture such as the Tejeduras (Weavings) and other series created during Gego’s long career.

Autobiography of a Line will be followed in Summer 2016 by a second exhibition devoted to Gego at the gallery’s London space at 22 Old Bond Street in Mayfair. In conjunction with these exhibitions, Dominique Lévy will publish a fully illustrated catalogue examining Gego’s work in a contemporary global context. It features texts by curator Chus Martínez, head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland and art historian and critic Kaira Cabañas, and previously unpublished archival material. The book also includes “GEGO,” a new poem by writer, visual artist, and composer Anne Tardos, exploring the artist’s poetics of the line and performing a linguistic intervention in her work.

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Gego: Autobiography of a Line at Dominique Lévy London

March 22, 2017

May 25 – July 30, 2016
Dominique Lévy presents Gego: Autobiography of a Line, the second in a pair of exhibitions celebrating the legacy of German-born Venezuelan artist Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt [1912 – 1994]). Organised in collaboration with the Fundación Gego, Autobiography of a Line is the artist’s first solo exhibition in London, and includes a selection of works spanning her career. Notably, three monumental sculptures made in the 1970s, which embody the palpable sense of entropic geometry and spatial play for which Gego’s work is internationally recognised, will be on view. These sculptures find their parallel in the artist’s towering wire Chorros, which were displayed in the New York exhibition last autumn. Also in the London instalment are a selection of ink drawings on paper and late works that complicate and question the relationship between drawing and sculpture such as Dibujos sin papel (Drawings without paper), Acuarelas (Watercolours), and Tejeduras (Weavings). The exhibition includes loans from the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), and the Fundación Gego.

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Selected Press

Blouin Artinfo | Gego’s Liminal Lines at Dominique Lévy London

June 16, 2016

“Autobiography of a Line” at Dominique Lévy is the first solo exhibition in London of the German-born …

Lupita | Gego: Autobiography of a Line

June 2, 2016

La galería Dominique Lévy en Londres se complace en presentar la exposición “Gego: Autobiography …

Blouin Artinfo | Gego

May 1, 2016

“I discovered the charm of the line in and of itself—the line in space as well as the line drawn …

Huffington Post | Reprising Postminimalism in 4 New York Shows: Gego, Nasreen Mohamedi, Ruth Hardinger and Kara Rooney

April 4, 2016

Four definitive exhibitions in New York during the 2015-16 season, when taken together, make a strong …

Descubrier El Arte | Gego, complejas líneas que tejen la vida

October 29, 2015

La galería Dominique Lévy recuerda la figura de la artista Germano-Venezolana Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) …

The Nation | The Noisy Silence of Picasso’s Guitars

October 22, 2015

Picasso is a truly Protean figure. He manifests no “essence” that you can grasp in your search …

Artnet | At Dominique Lévy, Gego Weaves Wire

October 20, 2015

One chapter in that rediscovery is playing out in a solo show now at Dominique Lévy gallery in New …

Hyperallergic | Connecting the Lines Between Gego and Sarah Sze

October 14, 2015

Gego and Sarah Sze both studied architecture and chose visual art. Sze studied painting too, though …

Forward | Gego Draws a Line at the Holocaust

October 10, 2015

The show currently on display at Dominique Lévy’s gallery on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, and devoted …

The New York Times | Review: ‘Gego: Autobiography of a Line’ Highlights a Sculptor’s Kinetic Work

October 8, 2015

This entrancing exhibition immerses you in the magic, technical genius and impeccable sensitivity …

Art News | Gego

October 7, 2015

Gego, who was born Gertrud Goldschmidt in Germany in 1912, emigrated to Venezuela in 1939, and died …

Art in America | Gego

October 2, 2015

Little seen wire sculptures, paper collages and other delicate and masterful objects by Venezuelan …

Harper's Bazaar | Gego

September 24, 2015

Gertrude Goldschmidt (1912-1994), conocida como Gego, nació en Hamburgo en el seno de una rica familia …

El Universal | Nueva York y Londres reviven a Gego

September 16, 2015

La mítica artista venezolana de origen alemán (1912-1994) suma una nueva exhibición en Manhattan, …

Bloomberg | The 10 Gallery Shows You Need to Pay Attention to This Fall

September 11, 2015

Gego, whose real name was Gertrud Goldschmidt, was born in Germany in 1912 and fled the Nazi regime …

Complot Magazine | Gego en Nueva York

September 7, 2015

A partir del 10 de septiembre de 2015 se podrá ver en la Galería Dominique Lévy en la ciudad de …

The New Yorker | Galleries Uptown

September 2, 2015

Gertrud Goldschmidt- she later compressed her name into a syncopated pseudonym-fled Germany in 1939 …

In New York | Galleries + Antiques

September 1, 2015

Abstract lines come to an apex in Gego: Autobiography of a Line, on view Sept. 10-Oct. 24, the first …

Architectural Digest | Art Shows Opening Soon in New York

August 31, 2015

German-born Venezuelan artist Gego is known for her intricate wire sculptures that expand studies …

The New York Times | Kinetic Works by the Artist Gego Are Headed for 2 Shows

July 23, 2015

“In Latin America, Gego is like a goddess, in the same way Frida Kahlo has a myth around her, but …