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.
Leon Tovar Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its brand new exhibition space at 2 East 75th Street in New York’s Upper East Side. Only a few minutes from the Gallery’s flagship 71st Street location, this recently opened space breaks with the traditional “white cube” in order to provide an intimate and engaging viewing experience. With regular exhibition programming at both locations, the Gallery continues its mission to promote the visibility of artists from Latin America and their integral position within the history of modern art. Inaugurating 2 East 75th street is the exhibition Outlines, featuring a selection of Latin American Modernism ranging from the optical to the kinetic and beyond.