Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX

Luis Tomasello, Mural Chromoplastique, 2011

May 19 – July 2, 2011

Sicardi Gallery is pleased to announce our fourth solo exhibition featuring the work of the Argentine-born master of kinetic art, Luis Tomasello. The show will include a chromoplastique wall mural and a selection of his signature atmosphere chromoplastiques and objet plastiques created since the 1980s. The opening reception is Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Since the 1970s, Tomasello has worked on several site-specific and mural-sized projects. His first commission was to create an exterior Mural Chromoplastique for the Edificio San Pedro in Guadalajara, Mexico (1971; architect: F. González Gortázar). Other projects include a Mural Lumino-Acoustique for the Palais des Congrès de Paris (1973; architects: G. Gillet, H. Guibot, S. Maloletenkov); Atmosphere Chromoplastique, a mobile sculpture-fence, for C.E.S. Fantin-Latour, Grenoble, France (1974; architect: G. Mendelsohn) and ceiling and wall installations for the French Ambassador’s residence in Rabat, Morocco (1984). A short publication about these projects will accompany the exhibition.

Born in La Plata, Argentina in 1915, Luis Tomasello studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes “Prilidiano Peyredon” and the Escuela Superior de Pintura “Ernesto de la Carcova” in Buenos Aires. In 1957, he moved to Paris, where he soon formed part of a vibrant group of artists concerned with introducing light and movement to geometric abstraction. He showed at the Galerie Denise René in the late 1950s, 1960s and 1970’s, and his work was included in “The Responsive Eye,” a landmark 1965 exhibition of kinetic and op art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Since then he has been included in many important individual and group exhibitions in Argentina, Europe and the United States. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Mueso de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris; Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid; and the Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, among other institutions.