Gego: Lines in Space
Gego: Lines in Space (2022–23) was the first gallery exhibition in Paris dedicated to the work of Gego (1912–1994). Presented in collaboration with Fundación Gego, Lines in Space offered a concentrated survey of the artist’s works across media, including the constellated wire structure Chorro (1979/86), the six-part steel-and-bronze sculpture Cornisa I (1967), and her luminous watercolors, collages, and drawings. This presentation followed those organized by Lévy Gorvy, New York (2015) and London (2016), continuing a long-standing relationship with the artist’s estate.
With works spanning 1961 to 1990, Lines in Space featured works on paper that explore the possibilities of line to disrupt or diffuse ordered composition. Key examples of the artist’s sculptural series on view included Chorro (1979/86). Initiated as a Chorro (Stream) work in 1979, the artist reworked the sculpture in 1986, attaining the net-like qualities of Reticulàrea, Gego’s most well-known series. The work is one of approximately 15 large-scale, stand-alone wire sculptures by the celebrated artist.
Gego’s three-dimensional sculptures have the effect of immaterial volumes, constructed by shadow as much as solid form. Across her work, Gego dissolved structural boundaries to activate marginal and interstitial space. The latest works on view belonged to the artist’s final series, Tejeduras (Weavings, 1988–91), comprising found paper woven to recall the textile craft Gego learned during her childhood in Hamburg, Germany.
Lines in Space coincided with a major retrospective of the artist’s work on view at Museo Jumex in Mexico City (October 2022–February 2023), which traveled from the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (2019–20) and continued on to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (March–September 2023), and the Guggenheim Bilbao (October 2023–February 2024). In 2023, Lines in Space was presented at LGDR, New York, offering a precise, in-depth view of Gego’s work and illuminating its logic of connectivity and possibility.