November 18, 2014 - Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) - Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros collection
November 18, 2014

Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros collection

Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros collection
December 3, 2014–March 29, 2015

CIFO Art Space
1018 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
Art Basel Miami Beach special hours:
Wednesday–Sunday 9am–4pm
Regular hours: Thursday–Friday noon–6pm,
Saturday–Sunday 10am–4pm
Free admission

www.cifo.org

Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros collection will be on view from December 3, 2014 to March 29, 2015. The exhibition includes 105 pieces by 72 artists from different generations and latitudes, who share their interpretations and philosophies of abstraction. The exhibition was organized by CIFO.

Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict explores abstraction as an aesthetic category instead of as a movement or art trend.  Since its inception abstraction has provided a series of models that remain paradigmatic and exemplary  in today’s art production. The exhibition is divided in four areas:

Abstract Impulses dedicated to the rupture with mimetic representation and its concomitant representational crisis with the subsequence substitution of the represented object by the structural elements of painting itself (color, line, etc.) On this section the artists represented will include Mario Garcia Torres, Theaster Gates, Andreas Gursky, Anna Maria Maiolino, Sarah Morris, Reinhard Mucha, Helio Oiticica, Liliana Porter, Karl Hugo Schmolz, Fred Tomaselli, Adrián Villar Rojas, and Pae White among others.

Laboratory of Reason refers to the questioning of the nature, essence and even the existence of art implied in abstration. Instead of asking “what is beauty?,” this section questions art’s existence to the extreme of declaring it dead. Artists included on this section are Doug  Aitken, Lygia Clark, Dadamaino, Olafur Eliasson, Fernanda Fragateiro, Fernanda Gomes, Arturo Herrera, Donald Judd, William Kentridge, Liz Larner, Jac Leirner, Gabriel Orozco, Osvaldo Romberg, Gabriel  Sierra, and Alfred Wenemoser among others.

Uncommon Senses relates to the integration and crossover of other art forms. With the introduction of different materials, media and art forms such as theater, music, dance and literature, abstraction demanded an approach that required the use of multiple senses, both from its makers but also art’s viewers. Francis Alÿs, Stanley Brouwn, Sergio Camargo, Willys De Castro, Qin Feng, Gego, Alberto Greco, Jannis Kounellis, Sol Lewitt, Dorothea Rockburne, Mira Schendel, Erwin Thorn, and Richard Tuttle are some of the artists in this section.

Spatial Conflicts touches on abstraction as a radical change in the conception of spatiality that substituted the Rennaisance perspectival notion of space. Abstract art promotes a real experience. In this section, we showcase Antonio Asis, Carlos Bunga, Daniel Buren, Mario Carreño, Iran do, Espirito Santo, Eugenio Espinoza, Sarah Grilo, Gunther Gerszo, Alfred Jensen, Alejandro Otero, Jesús Soto, Eduardo Terrazas, and Erwin Thorn among others.

“Abstraction is one of the most pervasive ideas in contemporary art,”  explained Jesus Fuenmayor,  Executive Director of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation “hence the diversity of the artworks that are relate to it some way or another. Most of the pieces selected have never been in exhibition before at CIFO. We are very excited to showcase this great world-wide selection.”

For the exhibition catalogue CIFO invited a group of eminent academicians and curators widely recognized including Michael Asbury, Sérgio B. Martins, Nadja Rottner, Kaira M. Cabañas, Kelly Gordon and Mika Yoshitake.

For more information on Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection and other activities please visit www.cifo.org.

Media contact
Maria Lanao 
Levy Public Relations
T +1 305 764 3370 / M +1 786 514 0301 / maria [​at​] levypublicrelations.com

 

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