From October 10 through November 17, 2007

 

« (…)The space realized in these works has no precedent. They convey a particular vastness derived from the whole. They are not closed solutions; but instead deal with problems so fundamental in invention that the work has  moved other sculptors to repeat or to extend this syntax. Oteiza has discovered a self-evident language that others have found useful in ways not formally anticipated. In effect, the work continues to influence. » Richard Serra

 

Haim Chanin Fine Arts proudly presents the first solo exhibition in Paris of seminal Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza (1908-2003). The exhibition, on view October 10 through November 17, 2007, will be held in Paris at the Espace Berggruen, 70, rue de l’Université, 7th arrondissement.

 

Jorge Oteiza, one of the leading Basque artists of the 20th century, produced a diverse body of primarily abstract art rooted in a dialogue between the old and the new — represented in his work through an engagement with the art and religion of primitive cultures in the Basque Country and South America, and the clear influence of both historic avant-garde movements such as Constructivism. In order to show the artist's experimental progress and capture his formal and conceptual evolution, the exhibition features 21 sculptures covering his entire career, from the anthropomorphic pieces of the Aranzazu church to the stone « chalks » of the 1970s, including two monumental sculptures and a selection of works on paper from the 1950s.

 

 

From March 27 through May 31, 2003

 

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Haim Chanin Fine Arts has the pleasure of presenting an exhibition by Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza, on view from March 27 through May 31, 2003. This exhibition, the first of the legendary artist-philosopher in New York, features eleven geometric sculptures in alabaster and iron dating from the ‘50s and representative of the artist’s most influential period. The show is complemented by a selection of collages that capture the artist’s reductionist tendencies.

 

Jorge Oteiza is respected for his visionary explorations of three-dimensional space. His most transcendental body of work, gathered in “Experimental Propositions,” earned him the 1957 International Sculpture Prize in the IX São Paulo Bienal, along Morandi and Ben Nicholson. Oteiza pushed spatial exploration to the limits; beyond Moore, he departed from the conception of sculpture as a solid body. He intended to capture the Void, the immaterial, by emptying the space of mass. This master’s search to grasp an impalpable space grew from his strong spirituality, from his desire to grasp the essence of the Universe, the primordial black hole.

 

Fully illustrated catalogue, with essays by Richard Serra, Joseba Zulaika and Margit Rowell.

 

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