Fanny Sanín to be Featured in BRIC Exhibition

BRIC

November 24, 2020

"Latinx Abstract" will open January 21, 2021, at BRIC in Brooklyn. Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, the exhibition brings together an intergenerational selection of artists, each with their own approach to abstraction. Featured in the exhibition will be Fanny Sanín's 2018 painting "Acrylic No. 1," on loan from the Gallery.

ICA Miami Announces Agustín Fernández Publication

ICA Miami

November 24, 2020

Leon Tovar Gallery is delighted to share the most recent contribution to scholarship on the inimitable Agustín Fernández. Published by the ICA Miami, “Agustín Fernández: Armaduras” commemorates the artist’s solo exhibition at the institution, which opened in December of 2019. Featuring texts by curator Gean Moreno and art historian Jonathan Katz, the catalogue is an illuminating look into one of Fernández’s most iconic series—the “armor” paintings. As the representative of the artist's estate, Leon Tovar Gallery was thrilled to have the opportunity to provide support in the realization of this important project.

Works by Agustín Fernández and Marcelo Bonevardi Feature in Blanton Exhibition

Blanton Museum of Art

November 24, 2020

The Blanton Museum's current exhibition "Expanding Abstraction: Pushing the Boundaries of Painting in the Americas, 1958–1983" is a refreshing look at twentieth-century painting practices through an international lens. Including works by artists from the United States and Latin America, the exhibition cultivates stimulating conversations and connections that rethink traditional art historical categories. Featured in the show are Gallery artists Agustín Fernández and Marcelo Bonevardi, as well as a rich selection of their North American and Latin peers, including Sam Gilliam, Richard Tuttle, Morris Louis, and Jesús Rafael Soto. "Expanding Abstraction" is on view through January 10, 2021.

Photo: Christian Wurst

Early Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar Painting on View at MoMA

Museum of Modern Art, New York

November 24, 2020

Purchased by Alfred Barr in 1956 for the permanent collection of the MoMA, Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar's "Black and White" is currently on view at the institution's recently opened exhibition "Degree Zero: Drawing at Midcentury." Running through February 6, 2021, the exhibition brings together a diverse, international cohort of artists who sought to reexamine the medium of drawing in the aftermath of WWII. Villamizar's crisp, geometric composition is emblematic of a specific penchant for “cool” abstraction that developed during the postwar context. As noted in the show’s press release, “The development of this visual vocabulary—seen in works by Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar ("Black and White," 1956), Ellsworth Kelly ("Study for 'La Combe II,'" 1950), and Alfredo Volpi ("Geometric Composition," c. 1957)—relied on a network of international exchange between Latin America, Paris, and New York.”

New Edition of Seminal "Latin American Art Since 1900" Published by Thames and Hudson

Thames and Hudson

October 13, 2020

On March 12 of this year, Thames and Hudson released the 3rd edition of Edward Lucie-Smith's seminal book Latin American Since 1900. As a gallery that has at its core the idea that Latin American art is fundamental to the history of Modern art, we were delighted to collaborate on this important publication.

Leon Tovar Gallery featured in TEFAF Meet the Experts: All Access

TEFAF

September 11, 2020

From the Gallery’s early days in Bogotá to our current home in New York, Leon Tovar recounts the history and mission of the Gallery in this latest featured video from TEFAF's “Meet the Experts: All Access” series.

Libby Sellers names Carmelo Arden Quin's “Untitled" (ca. 1985) as key piece in "Color and Production: From the Atom to the Void," part of Frieze New York 2020

Surface Magazine

May 7, 2020

Design Historian Libby Sellers takes readers through some of the most important pieces included in her exhibition Color and Production: From the Atom to the Void​, accessible online as part of Frieze New York's digital programming. Included in her selection is Uruguayan artist Carmelo Arden Quin's untitled painting of the mid-1980s, a piece whose colors, materials, and textures are emblematic of his "Plastique" series. "Rebelling against the spatial and ideological constraints of the traditional rectangular or square canvas," Sellers writers, "[Arden Quin's] mutable sculptures and paintings of irregular shape with moveable components (coplanals) embraced a range of modern transparent, translucent, and illuminated materials." Color and Production: From the Atom to the Void is on display in the Frieze Viewing Room through May 15.

How Art Dealers Are Navigating With Gallery Doors Shuttered

Barrons

April 15, 2020

As galleries large and small continue to find their footing during the pandemic, Sales Director Isabel Suarez spoke with Barrons about the specific steps Leon Tovar Gallery has taken to maintain our commitment to our artists, community, and clients.

TEFAF Maastricht 2020: Eclectic and Precious

Toute La Culture

March 7, 2020

Writing for Toute La Culture, Anne-Sophie Bertrand highlights the work of Marcelo Bonevardi presented in our booth at TEFAF Maastricht 2020. On view by the artist is an early "painting-construction" from 1965, as well as a rare example of Bonevardi's freestanding sculpture.


Photo: Guy Houben

Tarsila do Amaral's "Abaporu III" featured in Casa Vogue Brazil

Casa Vogue Brazil

March 6, 2020

Among the works featured in the Gallery's presentation at TEFAF Maastricht 2020 was Tarsila do Amaral's sketch of her now famous "Abaporu" figure. The piece, with its graceful sweeps of ink and iconic imagery, was highlighted in Casa Vogue Brazil's coverage of the fair.


Photo: Guy Houben

TEFAF, A Showcase of Spanish Art

La Vanguardia

March 5, 2020

"Also notable is the limestone sculpture Head, by the Argentinean Marcelo Bonevardi, exhibited in the gallery of the Colombian León Tovar, based in New York and specializing in Latin American art."


Photo: Guy Houben

TEFAF Maastricht, An Artistic Microcosm in Southern Holland

Architectural Digest Mexico

March 3, 2020

"An interesting aspect of this platform is the evolution it has had in recent years, with a marked interest in American art. In the words of art dealer León Tovar, from León Tovar Gallery—which focuses on modern Latin American art— 'One of the most recognizable changes is the internationalization of the fair and the approach it has had towards North and South America, specifically in the area of modernism […]. The most interesting is the type of collectors that go to TEFAF. They know what they want. They are real collectors, looking for pieces without thinking about how they are going to resell or do business or invest.'"


Photo: Guy Houben

"Best Gallery" from the Asociación Española de Críticos de Arte (AECA) at ARCO Madrid 2020

Asociación Española de Críticos de Arte

March 3, 2020

Leon Tovar Gallery is pleased to have received the award for Best Gallery from the Asociación Española de Críticos de Arte (AECA) at ARCO Madrid 2020. As a consistent exhibitor at the fair, we are humbled to have received this distinction and understand it to be a reflection of the quality of Latin America’s most important artists. The Gallery looks forward to continuing its program of underscoring the accomplishments of these often under-recognized artists, and advocating for their increasing visibility within the international canon.

Visual Stories in Manhattan

Vogue Mexico

February 2020

“This time, more than half of the fair will be dedicated to individual presentations, including 15 by female artists, in addition to vibrant thematic and group exhibitions, highlighting Latin American creators who contribute to today's art scene. Among these individual presentations will be that of the self-taught Martín Ramírez whose work reflects the confined space in which he carries out his work, as well as Leon Tovar Gallery's debut in The Art Show 2020, which recounts Latin American artists who lived and worked in New York. ”


Photo: Daniel Chen

What You Can't Miss at the ADAA Art Show

Barnebys

February 27, 2020

“The Art Show is committed to focusing on individual artists with over half of the booths presenting solo exhibitions this year. While some dealers dedicate their booths to well-known modern and contemporary artists like Pablo Picasso, Sam Gilliam and Tony Cragg, others highlight artists that are deserving of greater recognition, like Eritrean artist Ficre Ghebreyesus and constructivist Marcelo Bonevardi.”


Photo: Daniel Chen

What to See at ADAA’s The Art Show 2020

Whitewall

February 27, 2020

“Among our first-time exhibitors are ADAA members who have joined the Association recently, including David Kordansky Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, McClain Gallery, Gallery Wendi Norris, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, and Leon Tovar Gallery, whose programs span a wide range of genres, media, and periods of art history. I’m particularly looking forward to Leon Tovar’s presentation of Marcelo Bonevardi’s “painting constructions” from the 1960s and 70s, and Gallery Wendi Norris’s dual presentation of works by Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo, exploring the artistic partnership of the two female Surrealists.”


Photo: Daniel Chen

NYU Announces Fanny Sanín's "New York: The Critical Decade, 1971–1981"

Institute of Fine Arts

February 10, 2020

The latest exhibition of the New York–based painter Fanny Sanín examines the profound changes in her artwork that coincided with her move to the city. While working in an abstract language of sumptuous color adjacent to the likes of Barnett Newman, Ellsworth Kelly, and Frank Stella, Sanín developed a singular style during the 1970s that garnered international acclaim. New York: The Critical Decade, 1971–1981, opens at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU on February 18, 2020.

Mixing the Modern and Ancient at Master Drawings New York

Hyperallergic

January 29, 2020

Marcelo Bonevardi's Untitled (1977) was featured as part of Leon Tovar Gallery's presentation at Master Drawings New York 2020

Agustín Fernández at ICA Miami

ICA Miami

December 3, 2019

"Agustín Fernández: Armaduras will focus on a series of paintings Fernández produced in the early 1970s alongside related drawings and collages. Known collectively as the “Armadura Series” (“Armor Series”), these paintings employ black heraldic forms and draw a link between shapes that can be associated to Medieval life and mysticism and suggestive anatomical references that relate to contemporary erotic practices. While never giving up on figuration altogether, Fernández’s iconography is endowed with an uncanny referential dimension that prevents it from being defined by first impressions or art historical precedent. Instead, his imagery links eroticism and violence in such a way as to speak to the very power of pictorial forms to impinge on the common-sense structures of everyday life."

The Euphoria of Cultural Bogotá

Las 2 Orillas

September 21, 2019

"Leon Tovar Gallery, which has always been the best [...]brought us the Maquette for the Delta Solar"


Photo: Mateo Saenz

15 Years of Colombian Art on the International Stage

ARTBO

September 19, 2020

On the occasion of ARTBO 2019, Gallery Director Leon Tovar participated in a panel discussion on the rapid rise of Colombian art onto the international stage. Click the image for a link to the video.

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PANEL

Leon Tovar (Leon Tovar Gallery, New York)

Ana Sokoloff (Sokoloff + Associates, New York)

Luis Javier Castro (Collector)


MODERATOR

Alejandro Santos (Director, Semana Magazine)

The Art World Remembers Carlos Cruz-Diez

ARTnews

July 28, 2019

It is with great sadness that the Gallery shares the passing of renowned artist Carlos Cruz-Diez on July 27. Born in Caracas in 1923, the artist moved to Paris in 1960 where his bold experiments in the field of color perception were a unique and invaluable contribution to the field of mid-twentieth century kinetic art. Deeply committed to accessibility, his seminal practice prioritized the viewer's own movements and perspectives, a shift that replaced the work of art's ideal vantage point with an innumerable multiplicity. There is, therefore, no singular position from which to view the artist's pathfinding artworks and large-scale architectural interventions—the colors, the geometric compositions, all change depending on the spectator’s angle of vision. By creating an expansive body of work that challenges our normal relationship to color, and instead focuses on the physiological and phenomenological act of color perception, Cruz-Diez opened the door to, in his own words, “another ‘relationship of knowledge.’”


Photo: © 2019 Cruz-Diez Art Foundation

Leon Tovar Gallery Becomes ADAA Member

Art Dealers Association of America

June 19, 2019

Leon Tovar Gallery is among the eight new members accepted into the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) for the 2019 term. We are honored to be among the distinguished class of member galleries, and look forward to providing continued support to Latin America’s pathfinding Modernists. For the occasion, Mr. Tovar issued a statement: “To receive recognition from the ADAA is one of the highest honors of my career as a gallerist. For nearly three decades, the gallery has been steadfast in its belief that art from Latin America is worthy of wider recognition, and that its artists should be included in the same discourses as their North American and European peers. We are honored not only to have earned admission into this prestigious organization, but also to witness further recognition of the increasing stature of Latin American art.”


Photo: Peter Baker

Marcelo Bonevardi Retrospective at the Lowe Art Museum, Miami

ArtNexus

June 2019

Art Historian Carol Damian reviews the latest exhibition of the enigmatic and eclectic work of Marcelo Bonevardi. Drawing inspiration in equal measure from contemporary trends in the New York art world, movements within the history of abstraction in Latin America, and indigenous art, Bonevardi developed a syncretic and highly personal artistic language. "Infused with a personal lexicon of symbols and visionary spirit, the works express a fascination with mathematics, architectonic constructions, astronomy, rituals and metaphysics, and ancient art, among other intellectual pursuits," writes Damian. Marcelo Bonevardi: Magic Made Manifest is on view at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, from February 21–May 26, 2019.

Find Real Connections

Luster Magazine

May 31, 2019

Ángela León Cervera of Luster Magazine speaks with Leon Tovar about the history of the Gallery, the collectibility of art from Latin America, and how he got his start.


Image: Leon Tovar in the studio of Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar.

Where is Latin American Art? Center Stage

TEFAF NY Spring 2019

May 5, 2019

On the occasion of TEFAF New York 2019, Gallery Director Leon Tovar participated in a panel discussion on the terminology used to speak about art produced by Latin American artists. The group explored the complexities of the term "Latin American Art" in both its limitations and potential uses, as well as its application to contemporary artists of a younger generation.


PANEL

Pablo León de la Barra (Curator at Large, Latin America, Guggenheim Museum)

Margaret Carrigan (Deputy Art Market Editor, The Art Newspaper)

Leon Tovar (Leon Tovar Gallery)


MODERATOR

Natasha Degen (Professor and Chair, Art Market Studies, FIT)

Is it time to drop the ‘Latin American’ artist label?

The Art Newspaper

May 3, 2019

As more artists from Latin America are beginning to achieve recognition on the international stage—in many instances long overdue—the term "Latin American Art" becomes increasingly difficult to justify. Just in time for the opening of TEFAF NY Spring 2019, Gallery Director Leon Tovar spoke to The Art Newspaper's Margaret Carrigan on the potential problems and errors inherent to the term.


Photo: Peter Baker

Leon Tovar on TEFAF Maastricht

Infobae

March 16, 2019

Those who come to TEFAF Maastricht, Leon Tovar tells Infobae, "are true and high level collectors: there are no beginners." Follow the link for more of our Gallery Director's comments on the fair and our 2019 display.


Photo: Guy Houben

ARCO closes it's most successful edition in the last decade

El País

March 3, 2019

As ARCO Madrid 2019 comes to a close, Mr. Tovar reflects on the fair's latest edition with El País.

Photo: Carlos Martínez Delgado

Leon Tovar Gallery Tours for Master Drawings New York

Drawing New York

January 30, 2019

Drawing New York hosted Fine Art Tours during Master Drawings, New York. Here is a short video of the tour at Leon Tovar Gallery where we heard about the work of Agustín Fernández.

Leon Tovar Gallery at ArtBO 2018

ArtBO 2018

October 24, 2018

Interview with Leon Tovar on the occasion of the Gallery's participation in the 2018 iteration of ArtBO.

Fanny Sanín at Referentes

ArtBO 2018

October 19, 2018

In the 2018 edition of the Fair, the Referentes section presents the exhibition "Dialogs through time", under the curatorship of Pilar Tompkins. The selection has the work of the artist Fanny Sanín, which has been influenced by travel and the places where she has lived. First Bogotá, then Mexico, then London and finally New York, where she currently resides.

Agustín Fernández: The Erotically Charged Technophilia of Cyberpunk Paintings

Hyperallergic

June 12, 2018

Artist and critic Joseph Nechvatal reviews Agustín Fernández: Paradoxe de la Jouissance at the Mairie du 4e arrondissement, Paris.

Running the Course: Frieze New York

Ocula

May 11, 2018

"Leon Tovar Gallery smartly countered Lévy Gorvy's showing of modern and contemporary masters with its own sophisticated selection of post-war Latin American art by artists including Jesús Rafael Soto and Carmelo Arden Quin."

Washing Down the Canon with Wine and Oysters at TEFAF New York

Hyperallergic

May 4, 2018

“Amid all the works by familiar white male modernists on view at the plush and posh fair, there are many superb pieces by women and artists from Latin America…Leon Tovar Gallery is offering a robust sampling of Latin American modernism featuring works by Venezuelan avant-gardists Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesús Rafael Soto, Colombian artist Jorge Riveros, and Argentina-based Manuel Espinosa.”

Art, Nationality, and Global Modernism: Challenging a Familiar Narrative

TEFAF NY Spring 2018

May 4, 2018

This panel of international experts debates how museums and other cultural institutions have responded to a re-imagining of the history of Modernism and what effect that has on the acquisition and display of Modernist art.


PANEL

Layla Diba (Independent Curator, Pre-Modern and Modern Middle Eastern Art)
Kevin Dumouchelle (Curator, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution)
Boon Hui Tan (Vice President, Global Arts and Cultural Programs, Asia Society; Director, Asia Society Museum)
Leon Tovar (Leon Tovar Gallery)


MODERATOR

Marc Pachter (Director Emeritus, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)

Lessons in Modernism at the Tefaf Fair

The New York Times

May 3, 2018

“Modern and contemporary painting and sculpture dominate the spring fair, but antiquities, ethnographic objects, design and furnishings are in the mix…You might learn the most about Latin American modernism at León Tovar, whose dark gray walls are hung salon style with bright, geometrically shaped paintings by the Venezuelans Francisco Salazar, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesús Rafael Soto; the Argentines Manuel Espinosa and Rogelio Polesello; the Colombian Jorge Riveros, and Carmelo Arden Quin, an Uruguayan artist.”

Tefaf Widens Its Focus From Maastricht to a World of Art Collectors

The New York Times

March 6, 2018

"This year, Tefaf Maastricht has 16 new exhibitors. More than half of them are devoted to contemporary and modern paintings, works on paper or design, including ... Leon Tovar Gallery of New York, representing modern Latin American art."

Photo: Guy Houben

Marcelo Bonevardi: A Metaphysical Absence

Miami Rail

November 27, 2017

Curator, collector, and independent scholar Estrellita B. Brodsky considers the enigmatic "painting-constructions" and drawings of the Argentinian-born artist Marcelo Bonevardi. Concerning the symbols and objects that Bonevardi brings together, Brodsky writes, "Their meaning is never clear. Rather, Bonevardi presents the viewer with architectural spaces, tangible objects and their perceptible traces or absence. Ultimately, one is invited to confront these elements and enter at one’s own risk into an exceptional yet common world."

Present Imagination

Las 2 Orillas

October 28, 2017

“ArtBo has called our attention due to the many expressions and events the fair brings together… A Soto presented by Leon Tovar Gallery showcases the quality and projection of the artist’s optical geometric art. The interaction of the viewer and the work is unavoidable…”

Galleries and ArtBo

El Espectador

October 22, 2017

“…the Fair has contributed in the development of a more dynamic art market in Bogota… In the last two decades, art fairs have expanded around the world and are now one of the most important models to showcase and commercialize art…”

Interview with Gallery Director Leon Tovar

ArtBo 2017

October 2017

"Leon Tovar Gallery was responsible for the installation of Media Esfera Roja (1988) from the kinetic Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto at the 13th edition of ArtBo. Soto is considered one of the mayor representatives of kinetic and optical art in Latin America. Since the ’60s, Soto has experimented with linear constructions made of industrial and synthetic materials (nylon, acrylic, steel). This monumental installation greets the fair’s public as they enter the venue."

"Fanny Sanín: Equilibrium"

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

July 14, 2017

The meticulous practice of Colombian painter Fanny Sanín is on full view in the artist's one-person show at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. By bringing together examples of Sanín's patiently rendered sketches alongside her exquisitely finished paintings, viewers will have the rare opportunity to access the artist's creative process. The exhibition will be on view though October 29, 2017.

8 Fascinating Booths At TEFAF’s Spring Show

​USA ART NEWS

May 11, 2017

"Leon Tovar Gallery's presentation at TEFAF NY Spring 2017 was selected among the 8 most fascinating booths."

Latin American Art Now: Its Changing Place in the Western Canon

TEFAF NY Spring 2017

May 5, 2017

PANEL
Iria Candela (Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Gabriela Rangel (Director, Visual Arts, and Chief Curator, Americas Society)
Leon Tovar (Leon Tovar Gallery)
Christian Viveros-Fauné (Journalist)

MODERATOR

Ana Sokoloff (Founding Partner, Sokoloff + Associates)

TEFAF Brings European Atmosphere—and Even a Few Europeans—to New York for Inaugural Spring Edition

​ARTSY

May 4, 2017

"The sense of history pervades even galleries with a focus on modern and contemporary artists, such as Leon Tovar Gallery, whose two New York locations represent artists from Latin America."

Leon Tovar Discusses the Latin American Art Market on CNN

CNN

August 27, 2016

During Leon Tovar's appearance on CNN Español's GloboEconomía with José Antonio Montenegro, the Gallery's Director provided his perspective on the ever-growing stature of Latin American art within institutions. "Latin American art has made great strides in the last decade in its consideration by the academic world and museums," Tovar stated, "but now it needs to gain ground in the market."

Interview with Leon Tovar

ArtBO 2015

October 9, 2015

Interview with Leon Tovar on the occasion of ArtBo 2015

Latin dealer duo: Cristina Grajales and Leon Tovar's joint NoMad gallery space

Wallpaper

September 30, 2015

"Veteran design dealer Cristina Grajales and Latin American art specialist Leon Tovar have joined hands in a new venture, which is based in New York's trendy NoMad. Their 6,000 sq ft premises constitutes a new business model in that each has their own dedicated gallery as well as a joint space set aside to curate groundbreaking exhibitions."

The 2015 Armory Show Overlaps History and Cultures

The New York Times

March 5, 2015

Leon Tovar Gallery's presentation is highlighted in Martha Schwendener's review of the 2015 Armory Show in New York.

Leon Tovar Gallery to Support "Waterweavers"

Bard Graduate Center Gallery

April 10, 2014

Leon Tovar Gallery is pleased to offer its support in the production of Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture, on view at at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York City from April 10 to August 10, 2014. Curated by José Roca with Alejandro Martín, the exhibition will also be presented at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid (February 25–April 12, 2015), and the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC (June 24–September 22, 2015).

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