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Sean Kelly Gallery

Constructing Her Universe

  • Loló Soldevilla

Press for Constructing Her Universe

Current Exhibitions at Sean Kelly Gallery


'Existential Time'

  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Opens: Mar. 27, 2020
  • Closes: May. 02, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 26, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Towards No Earthly Pole

  • Julian Charrière,
  • Opens: Jan. 31, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 30, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

On the Water's Edge

  • James Casebere,
  • Opens: Dec. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 25, 2020
  • Reception: Dec. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

OttO

  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 07, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Constructing Her Universe

  • Loló Soldevilla
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Abstract By Nature

  • Callum Innes,
  • Markus Karstieß,
  • Hyun-Sook Song,
  • Su Xiaobai,
  • Wu Chi-Tsung,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue Rhythms

  • Idris Khan,
  • Opens: May. 04, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 22, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

?DO GEESE SEE GOD?

  • Kris Martin,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating

  • Alec Soth,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Mexico

  • Candida Höfer,
  • Opens: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Split Second

  • Anthony McCall,
  • Opens: Dec. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Dec. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

HumidGray and ShadowLake

  • Janaina Tschäpe,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 08, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Asymmetrical Symmetry

  • Landon Metz,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ravelled Threads

  • Igshaan Adams,
  • Joël Andrianomearisoa,
  • Ayan Farah,
  • Aboubakar Fofana,
  • Alexandra Karakashian,
  • Abdoulaye Konaté,
  • Lawrence Lemaoana,
  • Senzeni Marasela,
  • Zohra Opoku,
  • Athi-Patra Ruga,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

180 Faces

  • Liu Wei,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception: May. 04, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sergio Camargo

  • Sergio Camargo,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception: May. 04, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Invisible Dimension

  • Mariko Mori,
  • Opens: Mar. 23, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 23, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Works

  • Marina Abramovic,
  • Opens: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

15 [Quince]

  • Frank Thiel,
  • Opens: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Edifice, Complex, Visionary, Structure

  • Alejandro Campins,
  • Los Carpinteros,
  • James Casebere,
  • David Claerbout,
  • Jose Dávila,
  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Diana Fonseca Quiñones,
  • Antony Gormley,
  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Candida Höfer,
  • Ilse D’Hollander,
  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Peter Liversidge,
  • Sam Moyer,
  • Alec Soth,
  • Frank Thiel,
  • James White,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 03, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

WIDE WAKE

  • Sam Moyer,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The pure necessity

  • David Claerbout,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Vertebrae Oracle

  • Rebecca Horn,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception: May. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forms of Attraction: Kjærholm, Tenreiro and Selected Works

  • Poul Kjærholm,
  • Joaquim Tenreiro,
  • Edgar Degas,
  • Los Carpinteros,
  • Olafur Eliasson,
  • Ellsworth Kelly,
  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Pietro Roccasalva,
  • Frank Thiel,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Soleil Double

  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

From Pre-History to Post-Everything

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Time Vivarium

  • Sun Xun,
  • Opens: Dec. 13, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Dec. 12, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Generator

  • Marina Abramović,
  • Opens: Oct. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Stones Don't Move

  • Jose Dávila,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 03, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Palindrome

  • Hugo McCloud,
  • Opens: Jan. 30, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Songbook

  • Alec Soth,
  • Opens: Jan. 30, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Élysée

  • Laurent Grasso,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Overture

  • Idris Khan,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Emotional Architecture

  • James Casebere,
  • Opens: Jan. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue Orchids

  • Johan Grimonprez,
  • Opens: Jan. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cyclicscape

  • Mariko Mori,
  • Opens: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 20, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

By the Book

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

From Düsseldorf

  • Candida Höfer,
  • Opens: May. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Agnosia, an Illuminated Ontology

  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unique

  • Robert Mapplethorpe,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ilse D'Hollander

  • Ilse D'Hollander,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Diana Fonseca Quiñones

  • Diana Fonseca Quiñones,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

ASPECT:RATIO

  • James White,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lapse

  • Alejandro Campins,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

LIGHT/WORK

  • David Claerbout,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 18, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Veiled

  • Hugo McCloud,
  • Opens: Dec. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Dec. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

CONSTRUCT

  • Antony Gormley,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception: May. 06, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Freeze, Memory

  • Julian Charriere,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Trickster

  • Kehinde Wiley,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

With Curve

  • Callum Innes,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SELECTED

  • Marina Abramović,
  • Bernd and Hilla Becher,
  • Los Carpinteros,
  • James Casebere,
  • Julian Charrière,
  • Jose Dávila,
  • Edgar Degas,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • AWOL ERIZKU,
  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Douglas Gordon,
  • Antony Gormley,
  • Laurent Grasso,
  • David Hammons,
  • Rebecca Horn,
  • Tehching Hsieh,
  • Marine Hugonnier,
  • Callum Innes,
  • James Joyce,
  • Idris Khan,
  • Yves Klein,
  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Peter Liversidge,
  • Édouard Manet,
  • Anthony McCall,
  • Mariko Mori,
  • Yasumasa Morimura,
  • Sam Moyer,
  • Zanele Muholi,
  • Shirin Neshat,
  • Rocío Olivares,
  • Simon Patterson,
  • Julião Sarmento,
  • Shahzia Sikander,
  • Alec Soth,
  • Frank Thiel,
  • James White,
  • Sun Xun,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SHIFT

  • Iran do Espírito Santo,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Time Spy

  • Sun Xun,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 06 - Oct 19, 2019

  • Reception: Sep 05, 6 - 8pm

Where

Sean Kelly Gallery

  • 475 10th Ave, New York NY 10019 Map
  • 212.239.1181

About

Sean Kelly is delighted to present Constructing Her Universe: Loló Soldevilla, the first comprehensive exhibition ever mounted in the United States devoted to the work of this pioneering Cuban artist. Dolores "Loló" Soldevilla (1901- 1971) was one of the only women to be prominently associated with the development of geometric abstraction in Cuba, and one of the key figures responsible for promoting its development from the 1950s onward. Featuring over 60 artworks, including painting, sculpture, works on paper and constructions, as well as rare historical documents, photographs and personal ephemera, this wide-ranging survey will examine the breadth of Loló’s entire career. Concurrent to the exhibition, a fully-illustrated monograph featuring essays by Rafael DiazCasas and Olga Viso will be published, the first book devoted solely to Loló’s life and work. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 5, 6-8pm.

Loló Soldevilla was a passionate, largely self-taught artist whose career blossomed in the 1950s. A self-styled impresario and autodidact, she was a formidable artistic talent and an astute cultural promoter. Following earlier professional turns as a musician, political activist and party politician in Cuba, Loló was appointed the country’s cultural attaché to Europe in 1949. Residing in Paris, she began studying in the ateliers of prominent European artists. Although she did not take up painting and sculpture until her late-forties, she quickly gained command of her métier and was soon exhibiting her work in Parisian galleries and Salons transitioning from figuration to abstraction. By 1950, Loló was producing abstract paintings and sculptures inspired by geometric forms. In the ensuing years, Soldevilla developed her groundbreaking Color Luz theory that opened pathways to her Reliefs Lumineux, unique constructions that incorporated light as a working element in abstract designs, which premiered in Paris at the 1955 Salon des Réalités Nouvelles. Her paintings, collages and panel constructions explored the dynamics of light, shadow and relief, suggesting movement and rhythm through the use of geometric pattern and color.

After returning to Havana in 1956, Loló played an active role as an artist, curator, and gallery owner. A fierce advocate for social justice, women’s rights and the working class in the 1930-40s, she began championing abstraction through ambitious international projects, gaining attention for her voice within the island’s abstractionist landscape and serving as a vital link between Cuba, Europe and Latin America. She organized the important exhibition Pintura de hoy: Vanguardia de la Escuela de Paris (Painting Today: The Avant-Garde of the School of Paris) at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Havana, which featured the work of forty-six leading Hard-Edge, Op and Kinetic artists, including Jean Arp, Sonia Delaunay and Jesús Rafael Soto, amongst others. This pivotal exhibition introduced Cuban audiences to international abstract art for the first time.

In October 1957, Soldevilla along with fellow artist Pedro de Oraá founded the Galería de Arte Color Luz, a venue instrumental in fostering the development of abstract art in Cuba and solidifying the presence of the concrete art movement on the island. The gallery served as the incubator for a group of artists who would name themselves “10 Pintores Concretos,” of which Loló was the sole female member, its most public face, and strongest force. As Castro’s revolution began to transform Cuban culture, abstraction, though never explicitly censored, was deemed “obsolete” and “out of touch with the new society.” Although Loló’s activities around the visual arts diminished, she stayed active establishing a new association, Grupo Espacio, and continued to paint and exhibit her work until her death in 1971. Sean Kelly states, “we are delighted to have organized Loló Soldevilla’s first retrospective survey in the U.S. and the first outside of Cuba. This exhibition and the major monograph we have published position her as one of the strongest Latin American artistic voices in the years after World War II, as well as one of the first women to bring postwar abstraction to Latin America, firmly establishing her as a key figure in the development of abstraction in Cuba, Latin America and, indeed, the world.”


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