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Antonia Guzmán: Frameworks

By Ashley Knight

The Americas Collection is presenting “Entramados” (Frameworks), a recent series of paintings by the Argentinean artist Antonia Guzmán. “Entramados” was motivated by Guzmán’s impressions of the portrait that Gustav Klimt painted of Adele Bloch-Bauer in 1907. Said portrait was exhibited last year at the Neue Galerie in New York on the occasion of Woman in Gold, the film inspired by the claim lodged by Adele’s niece, Maria Altman, against the Austrian government in order to secure the return of the painting seized by the Nazis from the family home in Vienna during World War II. The texture of the golden embellishment that Klimt achieved in the dress of the model for this painting gave rise to the works that we see today.

Artist Antonia Guzmán. Photos courtesy of the artist and The Americas Collection.

Artist Antonia Guzmán. Photos courtesy of the artist and The Americas Collection.

The new paintings exhibited at The Americas Collection are the result of a long record of achievements by Guzmán. Since the beginning, her work has been based on a review of certain relevant moments in the history of art as much European as Latin American. Her work has been influenced by Cubism, Geometric Abstraction, Surrealism, Constructivism, Concrete art, Op art and indigenous American cultures. “Entramados” not only carries the imprint of Klimt, but is also inspired by Roberto Matta’s masterly treatment of the composition and pictorial space; the richness of textures and motifs of Byzantine art; the fascinating textile frameworks of Annie Albers and even the infinite network of neuronal connections existing in the human brain.

Antonia Guzmán reflects on the conceptual and formal bases of this series: “I started to dream about interconnected lines and timeless spaces in continuous expansion, like the ones found in our own palms. Networks within networks all in perfect relationship with each other; colors within the light, sprouts and regrowth, and ambition for infinity hampered only by my own human limitations.”

Antonia Guzmán, Fractures, acrylic on canvas, 7” x 7.”

Antonia Guzmán, Fractures, acrylic on canvas, 7” x 7.”

Guzmán has exhibited her work extensively at galleries and cultural institutions in Argentina, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Panama, France, Uruguay, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Canada, among other countries. Her work forms part of numerous collections both private and institutional in Europe and the Americas. Notable among them are the collections of Deutsch Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, Citibank and Banco Patricios, all in Buenos Aires. In addition, her work is found in the collections of Credit Suisse Bank and The International Bank of Miami. It also forms part of the Latin American art collection at the University of Essex (UK), the Pompey Museum (Nassau) and The Exxel Group (Buenos Aires), among others.

“Antonia Guzmán: Frameworks” will be on view through the end of October 2016. The Americas Collection is located at 4213 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coral Gables, FL, 33146 | Phone: 305 446 5578 | www.americascollection.com

Ashley Knight is an arts writer based in Miami.