Gego: Lines in Space
Gego: Lines in Space (2023) was the first exhibition of Gego’s work at the gallery’s new flagship location at 19 East 64th Street in New York. A leading figure of Venezuelan abstraction in the 1960s and ’70s, Gego (1912–1994) created multidimensional works that radically engage the properties of line and space. 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 the rectilinear Meccano (1985), as well as a diverse array of luminous watercolors, collages, and drawings.
Best known for her net-like wire structures, Gego rejected stylistic categories and historical trajectories of influence, wedding the intuition of expressionism and the order of the constructivist grid. Her approach to geometric abstraction is defined by her calligraphic hand as well as her training in architecture and engineering. Working between artistic disciplines, Gego challenged the grid as an idealized form so often employed in modernized urban space. Lines in Space featured works from 1961 to 1990, beginning with works on paper that explore the possibilities of line to disrupt or diffuse ordered composition. The exhibition showcased key examples of Gego’s sculptural series, including Chorro (1979/86). Initiated as a Chorro (Stream) work in 1979, the sculpture was reworked in 1986 and is one of approximately 15 large-scale, stand-alone wire sculptures by the celebrated artist.
Gego’s three-dimensional works have the effect of immaterial volumes, constructed by shadow as much as solid form. Across her work, she dissolved structural boundaries to activate marginal and interstitial space. Meccano (1985) exemplifies Gego’s avant-garde tradition of drawing in space, while the Tejeduras (Weavings, 1988–91) incorporate found paper to evoke the artist’s childhood textile craft.
LGDR presented this exhibition in collaboration with Fundación Gego and alongside the New York iteration of Gego: Measuring Infinity, a major traveling retrospective of the artist’s work on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (March 31–September 10, 2023). Previously exhibited at LGDR’s Paris gallery, Lines in Space continues the gallery’s long-standing relationship with Gego’s estate.