Gego, 1957–1988: Thinking the Line

Cover of the publication »Gego, 1957–1988: Thinking the Line«

Type of publication
Exhibition catalog
Author / Editor
Nadja Rottner and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
Publishing house, place
Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern

Venezuelan sculptor Gego (1912–1994) was one of the most important representatives of Latin American geometric abstraction in the mid–twentieth century. Born in Germany as Gertrud Luise Goldschmidt, Gego initially trained as an architect. In 1939, she emigrated to Caracas, where her work in design gradually led to the creation of installations that radically altered the nature of modernist sculpture by actively involving the viewer in the work’s formulation. In her sculptures, Gego countered the deductive logic of modernist abstraction with a fluid conceptualism, reconfiguring »content-less« art into an open-ended process of »thinking the line«.
The most comprehensive examination of Gego’s art published in English to date, this monograph contains in-depth analyses by scholars from various disciplines as well as previously untranslated historical texts, providing new perspectives on the artist’s critical relationship to the avant-garde traditions of the Bauhaus and Russian constructivism, to Venezuelan urbanism and kineticism, and to the postminimalist art of the sixties.

247 p. : chiefly ill.
3-7757-1787-0 ; 978-3-7757-1787-8
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum ; Miami Art Central ; Ursula Blickle Stiftung


Australian Federal Ministry for Education, Art, and Science ; Bundeskanzleramt der Republik Österreich, Abteilung Kunst