Minimalism is Nothing Nominal at Mundo Nuevo Gallery
Article by Nora Wallenius.
For those of us looking for some brightness to cheer up a cold winter in Buenos Aires, look no further than the new exhibit at Mundo Nuevo Gallery. Groundbreaking Argentine artist Juan Stoppani flourished in the 1960’s in Argentina, bringing new wave geometric and modern art to the forefront of the art world. Filled with bold colors and shapes, Stoppani’s paintings and sculptures recall a fundamental movement in the shift of modern art in Argentina.
Inspired by traditions of folk art, expressed with simple geometry of squares, triangles and circles, Stoppani built a genre of his own. This exhibition presents his classic works from the 1960’s of portraits, sculptures in bronze and ceramics, and geometric paintings of pure colors and forms: triangles, squares, lines, and stars.
The Minimalist art movement began in the 1960’s in backlash against Abstract Expressionism. Instead of pouring feelings and expressions into their works, artists began to desensitize and disassociate from what they created. A painting is simply a painting with colors and shapes, there is no hidden meaning. What you see is what you get. Along with Stoppani, artists such as Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, and Donald Judd attempted to focus their art on the purely visual. The art was expressive in its color, form, space, and materials. The art spoke for itself.
In 1962, Stoppani received his degree in architecture from the University of Buenos Aires, but always preferred designing costumes and scenery. He has received multiple awards and honors for his sculptures and ceramics. In 1966, he created three installments of life size exaggerated pianos, which are now donated to the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires. In 1968 he joined the theater group TSE, which worked based in Paris throughout the 1970s. Stoppani settled in Paris, where among other activities, began working in theater, creating costumes and backdrops for theaters and operas in Paris. He was honored at the art fair ArteBA in 2007 along with fellow colleagues and artists Edgardo Gimenez, Dalila Puzzovio, Delia Cancela and Pablo Mesejean.
Fundación Mundo Nuevo was created in 1990, and contributes to the development of Argentine arts. Its mission is to provide the tools and infrastructure necessary to support and promote Argentine culture here and throughout the world. The gallery rotates exhibitions monthly and holds art and culture events.
- Mundo Nuevo Art Gallery
- Location: Avenida Callao 1870, Recoleta
- Exhibit Opening: July 17, 7:00 pm
- Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-8:00 pm