Joaquín Torres-García
Uruguayan, 1874-1949
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High auction record
$2m, Christie's, 2015
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
The Worlds of Joaquín Torres-García,
Acquavella Galleries
2016
MOLAA At Twenty: 1996–2016,
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
2015
Joaquín Torres-García: The Arcadian Modern,
The Museum of Modern Art

Joaquin Torres-Garcia came to be known for his affiliation to various modernist art movements that variously sought to combine European precedents of abstraction with South American imagery and life. At various times, he was associated with Noucentisme and Theo van Doesburg’s Neoplasticism. With fellow Uruguayan artist Rafael Pérez Barradas, Torres-Garcia developed Vibrationism, a style concerned with combined formal elements of Cubism and Futurism with urban imagery. Works made in this style had compositions based upon loose grids, then filled with linear symbols; these would become some of his best known and most influential pieces. He also developed Universalismo Constructivo (Constructive Universalism), which sought to identify a universal structural unity through abstraction. Torres-Garcia eventually founded Taller Torres-Garcia, an avant-garde school that sought to blur …

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