Symbols on wood, 1959, Oil on wood, 19 x 28¾ in. 48,2 x 73 cm.
Dockside, c. 1959, Oil on artist board, 34 x 43¾ in. 86,3 x 111 cm.
Black & White Bodegon, 1959, Oil on wood, 29¾ x 39¾ in. 75,5 x 101 cm.
untitled (Symbolscape), 1959, Oil on wood, 26 x 34½ in. 66 x 88 cm.
Metaphysical landscape – Ben Ben, 1958, Oil on artist board, 14 x 17⅞ in. 35,5 x 45,4 cm.
Caña Añeja, 1957, Oil on board, 19¾ x 28½ in. 50 x 72,5 cm.
Composition of Forms, 1959, Oil on canvas, 26 x 34 in. 66 x 86 cm.
Structure on white, 1959, Oil on masonite, 17¼ x 27 in. 43,8 x 68,8 cm.
Black and White, 1947, Ink and pencil on paper, 6 x 3¼ in. 15 x 8 cm.
Relieve en color, 1961, Oil and cement on wood, 15¾ x 11⅞ in. 40 x 30 cm.
Loghetto, 1975, Watercolor, ink and pencil on paper, 18⅞ x 25¾ in. 48 x 65,5 cm.
Figura con Media Luna, 1959, Oil on dexotex, 12⅛ x 12¾ in. 31 x 32
Paisaje Metafisica, 1961, Oil and cement on wood, 15¾ x 20 in. 40 x 51 cm.
Photograph of Gonzalo Fonseca at his studio, 1980, Photo © Cheryl Rossum
b. 1922 Montevideo, Uruguay - d. 1997 Seravezza, Italy
In 1942, Fonseca quit his architectural studies in order to pursue an artistic career. Working under the direction of Joaquín Torres-García, Fonseca joined the artist's workshop, where he participated in the group's collective exhibitions. In 1945 Fonseca traveled with other Taller Torres-García members through Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia to study pre-Columbian art. This experience, along with numerous trips throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa during the 1950s, profoundly affected Fonseca's formal and theoretical approach to art.
Although Fonseca left the College of Architecture in Montevideo as a youth, an emphasis on structure and architectonics is present throughout his oeuvre. As a teenager, he taught himself to sculpt in stone and later returned to such sculptural practices after studying ceramics in Spain in 1953. Fonseca moved to the United States in 1958, and later divided his time between New York and Italy, where he created large-scale marble sculptures.
Artworks by Fonseca are included at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museo Municipale, Pietrasanta, Italy; and the Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, among other collections. The artist's works are also featured in numerous public spaces around the globe, including Tokyo; Palo Alto, California; New York; Reston, Virginia; and Montevideo.
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At the Noguchi Museum, Worlds of Stone Fuse the Physical and the Dreamlike - The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2018Phong Bui, The Enigma of Arrival: On Gonzalo Fonseca’s Timeless Vista, The Brooklyn Rail, Dec. 13, 2017Carly Olson, Gonzalo Fonseca's Mini-Architecture Gets a Moment in the Spotlight, The Architectural Digest, November 14, 2017
Gonzalo Fonseca at the Noguchi Museum
We are pleased to announce Gonzalo Fonseca's current exhibition:
The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca, The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, Queens
On view: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - Sunday, March 11, 2018
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