Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased to announce our participation in Frieze Masters in Regent's Park in London from October 11-15. In Booth S15 in the Spotlight section, the gallery will present a solo exhibition of work by master artist Elsa Gramcko [1925 - 1994, Venezuela], marking the first solo presentation of the artist's work in the United Kingdom.
Elsa Gramcko is considered a master of abstraction of the Global South, who kept a non-partisan position in relation to local avant-garde groups that promoted it as a universal expression aligned with the country’s process of modernization. An avid reader of surrealist poetry and existentialist philosophy, Gramcko explored different avenues of post-war painterly abstraction as a new path to humanism. She developed rigorous paintings, assemblages and sculptures that demonstrated her commitment to innovative yet critical modes of production. Her abstract paintings of the 1950s reveal the influence of the unconsciousness featuring mechanical and corporeal forms that foreshadow the sculptures and assemblages of her mature work.
In the 1960s, Gramcko abandoned oil painting and embarked upon her life-exploration of unorthodox materials, including discarded metals and car battery cells, as she processed the socioeconomic and environmental impact of Venezuela's rapid modernization driven by the country's oil industry. Independent writer and curator Gabriela Rangel states, “The emergence of Informalism as a counter-canon to geometric abstraction coincides with a period when Gramcko’s new explorations synchronized with her forays into the three-dimensional—an intention already implicit in her paintings from the 1950s.” Gramcko's work is represented in private and public collections in Latin America and worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), TX; The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Art Museum of the Americas (AMA), Washington, D.C.; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI; The Denver Art Museum, CO; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; Galería de Arte Nacional (GAN), Caracas, Venezuela; Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (MAMBO), Colombia; and Museo de Bellas Artes (MBA), Caracas, Venezuela; among others.