Uruguayan Wood Constructions

I am a big fan of the Constructivist works produced by artists who studied in Joaquín Torres-García's (1874-1949) workshop/school in Uruguay. The workshop, better known as Taller Torres-Garcia, was founded by Torres-García in Montevideo in 1943 with the goal of establishing a modernist art movement that was uniquely Latin American. Torres-García's aesthetic philosophy was a melding of Neo-Plasticism, Constructivism, Bauhaus, Cubism and Pre-Columbian art and he encouraged his students to experiment with simple materials and innovative techniques. Students often used wood, which was readily available and "simple," to create carvings and constructions; the following are some of those pieces.

 Manuel Pailós, Cara, 1963. via Castells
 Manuel Pailós, Cara, 1958. via Galeria y Remates Juan E. Gomensoro
Julio Alpuy, Construcción con Hombre Rojo, 1954 

Manuel Pailós, Constructivo, 1962. via Castells 

 Left: Rodolfo Visca, Composición Horizontes, via Galeria y Remates Juan E. Gomensoro
Right: Rodolfo Visca, Forma, 1973. via Castells

 Rodolfo Visca, Gran Pez. via Galeria y Remates Juan E. Gomensoro

 Walter Deliotti, Formas. via Galeria y Remates Juan E. Gomensoro

 Walter Deliotti, Harbor Construction in three tones. via Castells

 Walter Deliotti, Structured head in Primary Colors. via Castells

 Walter Deliotti, Hombre Abstracto. via Galeria y Remates Juan E. Gomensoro

 Walter Deliotti, Pez Sol. via Galeria y Remates Juan E. Gomensoro

José Gurvich, Adam and Eve, 1959. via Galeria y Remates Juan E. Gomensoro

3 comments:

Ray Garrod said...

Interesting stuff Kevin, really like it.

Mid-Centuria said...

Glad you like it. As I said in my post, I love the art created by the students of Joaquín. I plan on doing more posts on their work.

findingfabulous said...

Wow -these are amazing thanks for the post .. I think...I feel an obsession coming on.