January 25–February 1, 2020
16 East 71 Street, 1A, New York
Featuring works by Carmelo Arden Quin, Tarsila de Amaral, Marcelo Bonevardi, Agustín Fernández, and Roberto Matta
Leon Tovar Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in Master Drawings 2020 with the opening of Latin American Master Drawings. Building on the success of the Gallery’s fall 2019 survey on the work of Marcelo Bonevardi, Leon Tovar presents a focused examination of the artist’s works on paper. Executed in a variety of mark-making techniques, Bonevardi translates his interest in architectural spaces into haunting visions reminiscent of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s “Imaginary Prisons.” Deliberate and methodical linework betrays the artist’s past as a student of architecture, while scumbled, dark, and urgent marks are anxious and emotional accompaniments to the foreboding hooks and ropes that populate his buildings. The application of washes and subtle areas of color cultivate an atmosphere of metaphysical menace worthy of Giorgio de Chirico, an important figure in Bonevardi’s progression as an artist.
Accompanying this presentation of Bonevardi’s drawings will be other exciting works on paper that bring together a rich selection of Latin America’s foremost draftsmen. Prominent among them is the Cuban artist Agustín Fernández, whose dreamlike graphite drawings pit organic shapes against apparatuses of control, and Tarsila do Amaral, who was the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2018.