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May 18, 2019 - August 11, 2019
Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present the gallery’s first Los Angeles exhibition with acclaimed Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca. Evoking the complex geometries and layers of architectural plans and cartographic maps, Kuitca’s paintings achieve theatrical impact as they explore themes of dislocation. Presented in the South Gallery, this exhibition will debut two new series rendered with his distinctive melding of abstraction and figuration. ‘The Family Idiot’ series draws its title from Jean-Paul Sartre’s study of Gustave Flaubert, while ‘Missing Pages’ – an 18-part wall piece – mines the physical process of book printing, specifically the unexpected combination of images that ensues during pagination. The exhibition will also include new ‘Theater’ pieces, which continue Kuitca’s long-standing involvement with the dramatic arts through an idiosyncratic integration of architectural features in two-dimensional space.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1961, Guillermo Kuitca’s powerful abstract paintings, sculptures, drawings, and installations resonate through their evocations of motion, migration, loss, and discovery. His work has been exhibited internationally and resides in distinguished collections worldwide. Among the exhibitions that brought Kuitca to global prominence were ‘Projects’ at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (1991); Documenta IX in Kassel (1992); and the artist’s exhibition for the Argentine Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale. Kuitca’s most recent solo exhibition venues include the Kunsthaus Centre d’art Pasquart (2017) and Hauser & Wirth in London (2016). In 2017, Kuitca conceived and curated the show, ‘Les Visitants’, for the Fondation Cartier in Paris.