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Gego

Venezuelan, 1912–1994

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Gego

Venezuelan, 1912–1994

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Gertrude Goldschmidt, more commonly known as Gego during the course of her multifarious career, was a sculptor, printmaker, and painter. Gego was born in Germany where she trained in architecture and engineering. In 1939, she was forced to emigrate to Venezuela where, in addition to working as an architect and industrial designer, Gego began to experiment with watercolor, monotypes, and engravings. Her art always addressed the relationship between objects and architectural space, using pure abstraction. Though she never identified with any movement, Gego distanced herself from traditions of abstraction late in her career. She began to use “poor” materials like industrial scraps and metals, and to experiment with random procedures.

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Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and 3 more
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Biography

Gertrude Goldschmidt, more commonly known as Gego during the course of her multifarious career, was a sculptor, printmaker, and painter. Gego was born in Germany where she trained in architecture and engineering. In 1939, she was forced to emigrate to Venezuela where, in addition to working as an architect and industrial designer, Gego began to experiment with watercolor, monotypes, and engravings. Her art always addressed the relationship between objects and architectural space, using pure abstraction. Though she never identified with any movement, Gego distanced herself from traditions of abstraction late in her career. She began to use “poor” materials like industrial scraps and metals, and to experiment with random procedures.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Articles Featuring Gego
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