b. 1956, Caracas, Venezuela – lives in New York City
Juan Iribarren was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1956, and resides in New York City. He received a B.F.A. from American University, Washington, D.C. in 1978. He furthered his studies at the Université Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne) in Paris, where he obtained both a Maîtrise d’esthétique in 1982, followed by a D.E.A. (Advanced Studies Diploma). From 1994 to 2012, Iribarren was a Professor at Caldwell College, New Jersey, where he taught courses in drawing, painting, and Art History.
Juan Iribarren’s work has been shown extensively in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and the Americas. The artist is also represented in various prestigious private and public collections, including: the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas; the Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas; and the Collection of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.
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Francine Birbragher, Juan Iribarren (Review), ArtNexus, Issue No. 111, December 2018-February 2019, pages 103-104.
Patrick Neal, "Abstractions that Capture the Light and Shadow of an Artist’s Studio," Hyperallergic, September 17, 2018.
On view: May 4 - August 31, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 6 - 8 pm
Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. is pleased to announce a solo multi-media exhibition of Venezuelan artist Juan Iribarren’s most recent work.
“Walls, Windows, and Nocturnes,” brings forth the interrelation between Iribarren’s latest paintings, photographs, and drawings, in an exhibition whose title encapsulates the main formal elements present in the artist’s creative process: light, color, atmosphere, and time.
Iribarren’s most recent work reveals an ever-present contradictory synthesis between the geometric, the luminous, and the atmospheric. The artist’s systematic and technical process of painting captures the changing tones and hues of color and light on his studio walls, recording atmospheric compositions. At the same time, his highly gestural and layered brushstrokes bring forth geometric formulations.
At the core of these geometricized lattices are the artist’s drawings. Structural, foundational, and monochromatic, they reveal the underlying frameworks concealed beneath the oils on linen. Iribarren’s photographs also capture this subtle form of perceptual abstraction by pushing the tension between atmospheric representation and geometry even further.
A fully illustrated catalogue featuring a foreword by Cecilia de Torres and essays by curator and scholar, Juan Ledezma, and Professor of Philosophy, Sandra Pinardi, is published for the occasion.
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