Collection: The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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© Sucesión Joaquín Torres-García, Montevideo 2015 Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

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 hierarchical distinctions between arts and crafts.

High auction record
$3.4m, Sotheby's, 2019
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MALBA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Masterworks: From Cézanne to ThiebaudAcquavella Galleries
2018
Southern Geometries, from Mexico to PatagoniaFondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
2015
Joaquín Torres-García: The Arcadian ModernThe Museum of Modern Art
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Estructura en color (Color structure), 1930

Oil on canvas
24 × 20 in
61 × 50.8 cm
Location
New York
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Collection: The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Medium
Image rights
© Sucesión Joaquín Torres-García, Montevideo 2015 Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

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 hierarchical distinctions between arts and crafts.

High auction record
$3.4m, Sotheby's, 2019
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MALBA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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