The Royal Academy of Arts is a place for forward thinkers. We’ve reviewed quite a few of their exhibits, yet I am always amazed at what they showcase. So many art institute’s stick to safe and re-used material, but the RA always bring fresh work to the table, an ability that I think works so well for a city that is brimming with choice of things to see.
Much like the art movements of the 60’s onwards that we have come to appreciate, South America boomed with radical expressionism in the 1930’s. This would develop over the next 50 years to showcase art from respected artists that broke down barriers, infused artistic ideas and wowed the rest of the world.
These artists used the relationships between colour, space and the in-between to form their own movement, one that is still alive today and isn’t bound by one country. Radical Geometry brings together work from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros by some of the great innovators of South American modern art. Renowned artists like Torres-García in Uruguay, Lygia Clark in Brazil, Maldonado in Argentina, and Gego in Venezuela.
…how a group of people could change the visual landscape of art to change the world around them…
The exhibition highlights the feelings of the artists at the time, and shows how a group of people could change the visual landscape of art to change the world around them.
Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection can be viewed at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, from the 05 July to 28 September 2014.
Ticket prices are £11.50 (without donation £10). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.
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