From Absolute to Minimal, Arevalo Gallery, Miami, FL


Joaquin Torres Garcia
Fresque Constructif au Grand Pain, 1929

December 3, 2010 – January 14, 2011

For its inaugural exhibition, Arevalo Gallery presents From Absolute to Minimal a group exhibition featuring works by Post-War Latin American artists and their international counterparts all of whose work was defined by the ultimate search for the Absolute.

It was through Kazimir Malevich’s search for an artistic expression void of representation that the quest for the absolute was first conceived. In the search for such, the most elemental form, the square, became the focal point of his manifesto. From there the incorporation of geometry and a constant search for the sublime ensued.

From the rebel causes championed by Theo van Doesburg to the esoteric aesthetic introspections of Mondrian, the concern for total dematerialization became their mission. This reflected their need for art to evolve towards a more pure manifestation of the human spirit.

For their first exhibit, Arevalo Gallery identifies those Latin American and International artists that best expressed this quest for the absolute, and in doing so, led to an art form void even of the absolute itself. From Concretismo, through Constructivismo and ending in Minimalismo, all the movements that embraced Modernism in Latin America are represented in this exhibition.

Highlights of the exhibition include a primordial work of Joaquin Torres Garcia from his Paris period (1929), a Josef Albers created immediately after his retirement from Black Mountain College (1959) and appropriately titled “Michoacán” and perhaps the most important artwork of Carmelo Arden Quin exhibited in his first MADI exhibition in Uruguay (1946). Movements such as the Brazilian Concrete and Neoconcrete, Argentinean Arte Nuevo and Arte Generativo, Group Zero and Minimalism are also represented.

Historically relevant works by Jesus Raphael Soto (1969), Carlos Cruz-Diez (1966), Gego (1981), Luis Tomasello (1969), César Paternosto (1967), Asis (1959), Gregorio Vardanega (1950), Mathias Goeritz (1957), and Ivan Serpa (1953) are just some of the artworks representing the avant-garde movements of Latin American Modernism.

Adding to it, works by Joseph Albers, Vordemberge-Gildewart, Bridget Riley, François Morellet, Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani, Sol Lewitt, and Walter Leblanc among others, complement the International phase of our the exhibition.

Arevalo Gallery has been established for the promotion of 20th Century Latin American and International art, and to gain a greater understanding of the relationships between modern art movements and their influence on Contemporary Art.

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