Joaquín Torres-García at MoMA


Construction in White and Black, 1938. Torres-García in his Montevideo studio, c.1939

Joaquín Torres-García: The Arcadian Modern

The Museum of Modern Art New York October 25, 2015 – February 15, 2016

This major retrospective of Joaquín Torres-García (Uruguayan, 1874–1949) features works ranging from the late 19th century to the 1940s, including drawings, paintings, objects, sculptures, and original artist notebooks and rare publications. The exhibition combines a chronological display with a thematic approach, structured in a series of major chapters in the artist’s career, with emphasis on two key moments: the period from 1923 to 1933, when Torres-García participated in various European early modern avant-garde movements while establishing his own signature pictographic/Constructivist style; and 1935 to 1943, when, having returned to Uruguay, he produced one of the most striking repertoires of synthetic abstraction.

Torres-García is one of the most complex and important artists of the first half of the 20th century, and his work opened up transformational paths for modern art on both sides of the Atlantic. His personal involvement with a significant number of early avant-garde movements—from Catalan Noucentismo to Cubism, Ultraism-Vibrationism, and Neo-Plasticism—makes him an unparalleled figure whose work is ripe for a fresh critical reappraisal in the U.S.

Find out more about this remarkable artist through the Joaquín Torres-García Catalogue Raisonné. Designed by panOpticon, the online catalogue represents the culmination of over forty years of study led by Cecilia de Torres. The visually stunning and fully integrated site includes innovative features such as links between the works, the collections, the exhibitions and the published references; advanced filtering and search capabilities; the capacity to look at the works in sizes relative one to the other; as well as the ability for the user to see early exhibitions virtually recreated. Gathered together for the first time, the information in this unique website affords scholars, collectors, and the general public never-before access to Torres-García’s expansive artistic production.

Watch MoMA’s press remarks “Joaquín Torres-Garcia: The Arcadian Modern” on youTube.

Above left: Joaquín Torres-García. Construction in White and Black. 1938. Oil on paper mounted on wood, 31 3/4 x 40 1/8″ (80.7 x 102 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of David Rockefeller. Photograph by Thomas Griesel. © Sucesión Joaquín Torres-García, Montevideo 2015

Above right: Joaquín Torres-García in his Montevideo studio, c.1939.

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