Weekend Portfolio: Carlos Cruz-Diez

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Born in 1923 in Caracas, Cruz-Diez has lived and worked in Paris since 1960. He also directs workshops in Panama, Miami and Caracas. He emerged as an artist in the mid ‘50s in Paris, during the height of the Kinetic Art movement. In spite of his friendship with several kinetic artists, he has never officially taken part of the group. He has devoted all his work to show how color can turn into an autonomous event, capable of invading space.

In 1945, Cruz-Diez graduated in manual and applied arts at the Caracas, Venezuela visual and applied arts school (Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Aplicadas de Caracas) and he began to work for the advertising international agency McCann-Erickson. At age 25 he had become artistic director of the agency, but he continued working as a full time artist and teaching History of Applied arts from 1953 to 1955.

Afterward, in 1957, he opened a graphic and industrial design studio in Caracas, named Estudio de Artes Visuales, where he started the Fisiocromías series. In 1960 he moved to Paris and it was there that he completed his most fundamental body of work and where he currently resides. As a professor, he has worked at the Université d’Enseignement de Recherches between 1972 and 1973 and at the Institute of Advanced Studies, IDEA, Caracas from 1986 to 1993, where he has also directed the Art Unit.

Cruz-Diez’s works are included in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal; Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Köln; and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, among others.

Carlos Cruz-Diez:
El color en el espacio y en el tiempo
(Color in Space and Time)

Through March 5th, 2012

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA)
Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Thursday – Monday and Holidays, 12:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday until 9:00 PM
Closed Tuesday

Guided tours:
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 5 PM


Carlos Cruz-Diez

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Fisicromía 174, 1965 Cartón, caseína e inserciones de acetato de celulosa montados sobre madera con marco aluminio (cardboard, casein and insertions of acetate cellulose on wood with alluminium frame), 62 x 51,4 x 4,6 cm Colección particular (Private collection), Houston © 2010 Carlos Cruz-Diez / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris


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