Monday, August 16, 2010

Map Quest: Guillermo Kuitca’s “Everything”

“Painting is a battlefield… about what is, what is not, what ought to be, what I like, what I hate, what I love,” says Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca, subject of a retrospective exhibition titled Guillermo Kuitca: Everything—Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008 at the Walker Art Center. One of the most important painters working in Latin America today, Kuitca often uses maps and other representations of space to analyze the place of humanity in the world today. The human figure almost never appears in Kuitca’s work, but we feel it there through our own involvement in the paintings. Through his creative cartography, Kuitca calls us to join him on his quest to map out the battlefield of art and modern life. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Map Quest."

[Image: Guillermo Kuitca. El mar dulce. 1986. Acrylic on canvas. 78 ¾ x 118 in. Collection Paul and Trudy Cejas – Cejas Art Ltd.]

[Many thanks to the Walker Art Center for providing me with the image above from and a review copy of the catalogue to Guillermo Kuitca: Everything—Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008, which runs through September 19, 2010.]

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