An evocative, alienated world of maps, memory and imagination pervades the art of Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca, whose work is in the collections of such prestigious institutions as the TATE Modern, the Metropolitan Museum and the Hirschhorn. Kuitca’s psychologically and politically charged paintings use architecture, floor plans, baggage carousels and topography to create the paradox of a figure-less world in which human beings are constantly present. Some newer paintings adopt as a starting point a heavy, grey-brown form; in contrast, the map paintings seem to emerge from pure colors as aimless, wandering, wispy traces of light or air. This comprehensively illustrated exhibition catalog presents an important new body of work from one of the most original and relevant contemporary artists.
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