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October 25, 2017 to March 11, 2018

Where

Noguchi Museum
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City  New York  11106
United States
718-204-7088
The Noguchi Museum

The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca

Image: Gonzalo Fonseca, Tebaida, 1973–79. Limestone. 27 9/16 x 16 9/16 x 19 5/16 in. 

The Noguchi Museum presents a retrospective exhibition of the sculptural work of Gonzalo Fonseca (1922–97), a major figure in the development of modern Latin American art who created some of the most enchanting sculptures of his day. The exhibition encompasses some 80 objects, primarily works in stone from the mid-1960s to the 1990s, complemented by selected drawings and sketchbooks.

The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca is organized in partnership with the Estate of Gonzalo Fonseca and curated by Senior Curator Dakin Hart. It is the first museum exhibition of Fonseca’s work in New York since 1971.

Trained as a painter, Fonseca was among a group of exceptional artists who emerged from the theory-rich studio of Uruguayan modernist Joaquín Torres-García in the 1940s. He became a sculptor in the mid-1960s, when the language of forms he had invented in two dimensions seems finally to have demanded development in three. Working first in found limestone, brownstone, and sandstone in New York City, and later, additionally, in a wide variety of marbles in Italy—in the same stone-working community as Isamu Noguchi—he produced wall reliefs, freestanding structures, and sculptures.


The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca is part of the Museum’s ongoing efforts to illuminate the many contexts in which Noguchi worked, and to encourage the broadest possible understanding of his vision.