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León Ferrari

Argentine, 1920–2013

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León Ferrari

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Argentine, 1920–2013

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Biography

Referencing postwar movements like Abstract Expressionism, Fluxus, Arte Povera, Minimalism, Process art, and appropriation art, León Ferrari's work comprises wood, ceramic, and wire sculptures, mobiles, drawings, collages, and paintings. An engineer who came to drawing via sculpture, Ferrari explores language as a visual material in his “written drawings,” which use symbols and the gestures of handwriting to convey emotion. Often critical of religious and political authority, Ferrari was exiled to Brazil in 1976 for his ideology. His controversial 1985 work Last Judgment is a reproduction of Michelangelo’s famed fresco, which the artist left beneath a cage of pigeons.

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Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Biography

Referencing postwar movements like Abstract Expressionism, Fluxus, Arte Povera, Minimalism, Process art, and appropriation art, León Ferrari's work comprises wood, ceramic, and wire sculptures, mobiles, drawings, collages, and paintings. An engineer who came to drawing via sculpture, Ferrari explores language as a visual material in his “written drawings,” which use symbols and the gestures of handwriting to convey emotion. Often critical of religious and political authority, Ferrari was exiled to Brazil in 1976 for his ideology. His controversial 1985 work Last Judgment is a reproduction of Michelangelo’s famed fresco, which the artist left beneath a cage of pigeons.

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
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
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