Untangling the Web - Huizi, María Elena; Crespín, Ester; Kervandjian, Melina; Ramírez, Mari Carmen - Yale University Press

Art and Architecture

Distributed for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Fundación Gego 

Untangling the Web

Gego's "Reticulárea," An Anthology of Critical Response

  • Organized by María Elena Huizi and Ester Crespín; Edited by Mari Carmen Ramírez and Melina Kervandjian
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Gego (1912–1994) pioneered a new direction in art with her innovative sculptures of the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Germany as Gertrud Goldschmidt, she fled the Nazi regime and moved to Caracas, Venezuela, where she absorbed modernist trends but ultimately forged her own artistic path. Exploring the concept of the line, space, and time, she linked pieces of metal to create weblike geometric forms, which she called "drawings in space." These experiments culminated in Reticulárea, a massive netlike sculptural installation first presented at the Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, in 1969. This groundbreaking work had major repercussions in the art world and marked a turning point in Gego's career. Centered on the various iterations of this work and its artistic impact, this anthology brings together images as well as documentary materials and primary texts in English and Spanish by artists, writers, and Gego.

María Elena Huizi is a poet, essayist, and art writer in Caracas, Venezuela. Ester Crespín is a scholar and curator involved with the Fundación Gego in Caracas. Mari Carmen Ramírez is the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and the director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Melina Kervandjian is an art historian and editor.