Through some 50 large-scale paintings and 25 works on paper, Guillermo Kuitca: Everything traces nearly three decades of work from the Buenos Aires–based artist Guillermo Kuitca (b. 1961), one of the most important painters working in Latin America today, whose canvases have received significant international attention since the early 1990s. Departing from previous surveys, it explores both the conceptual nature of Kuitca’s singular painting practice, as well as its interdisciplinary origins.
Kuitca has long operated in many ways outside the traditional spheres of his chosen medium, incorporating influences from sculpture, architecture, theater, film, and literature. The exhibition is organized around key themes in the artist’s work, including maps and domestic and institutional architecture—that is, mechanisms and systems by which we organize, navigate, and describe our world—while also illuminating broader themes of memory, migration and disappearance, and intersections between public and private space. It includes two of Kuitca’s most ambitious works: an untitled sculptural configuration of 20 painted bed mattresses, and The Ring, a five-paneled work inspired by Wagner’s epic opera.
Asserting the depth and breadth of Kuitca’s work within an international context, Guillermo Kuitca: Everything launches a long-range exploration of topical issues in painting that culminates in a Walker-curated survey of contemporary abstract painting in 2012.
Curator: Douglas Dreishpoon, senior curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Walker coordinating curator and originating exhibition curator: Olga Viso, director
A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
October 9, 2009–January 17, 2010
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
February 19–May 30, 2010
Walker Art Center
June 26–September 19, 2010
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
October 21, 2010–January 16, 2011