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Olga de Amaral

Alquímia 80, 1989

Gesso, acrylic and silver leaf on canvas
74 1/2 × 74 1/2 in
189.2 × 189.2 cm
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P
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This work is registered in the artist's archives under reference number OA0598 and is …

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This work is registered in the artist's archives under reference number OA0598 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

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Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Olga de Amaral studied fabric design at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. Her in-depth knowledge of …

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Signed, titled, inscribed, numbered and dated "598 Alquimia 80 Olga de Amaral 1989 Olga de Amaral" on a label affixed to the reverse
Olga de Amaral
Colombian, b. 1932
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Concerned primarily with color and structure, Olga de Amaral creates gold-leaf, textile-based works, which she thinks of as “golden surfaces of light.” Their sculptural presence reveals the artist’s background in architectural design, while their technical finesse has earned her great acclaim. With series titles such as “Pozos Azules” (Blue Wells) and “Soles Rojos” (Red Suns), the shimmering abstract works evoke the natural and vernacular landscapes of Colombia, the artist’s native country; they also recall pre-Columbian gold artifacts. From afar, the linen, cotton, or sometimes even horsehair-based pieces look more like glistening mosaics than tapestries. In reality, the tessera-like squares are nestled between strands of fibers hand-coated with gesso paint and gold-leaf. Despite the presence of geometric patterns, de Amaral says she is driven by emotion and doesn’t think much about patterns when picking up a pencil to make her initial sketches.

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About the work
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This work is registered in the artist's archives under reference number OA0598 and is …

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This work is registered in the artist's archives under reference number OA0598 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

From the Catalogue:
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Olga de Amaral studied fabric design at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. Her in-depth knowledge of …

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Signature
Signed, titled, inscribed, numbered and dated "598 Alquimia 80 Olga de Amaral 1989 Olga de Amaral" on a label affixed to the reverse
Olga de Amaral
Colombian, b. 1932
Follow

Concerned primarily with color and structure, Olga de Amaral creates gold-leaf, textile-based works, which she thinks of as “golden surfaces of light.” Their sculptural presence reveals the artist’s background in architectural design, while their technical finesse has earned her great acclaim. With series titles such as “Pozos Azules” (Blue Wells) and “Soles Rojos” (Red Suns), the shimmering abstract works evoke the natural and vernacular landscapes of Colombia, the artist’s native country; they also recall pre-Columbian gold artifacts. From afar, the linen, cotton, or sometimes even horsehair-based pieces look more like glistening mosaics than tapestries. In reality, the tessera-like squares are nestled between strands of fibers hand-coated with gesso paint and gold-leaf. Despite the presence of geometric patterns, de Amaral says she is driven by emotion and doesn’t think much about patterns when picking up a pencil to make her initial sketches.

Olga de Amaral

Alquímia 80, 1989

Gesso, acrylic and silver leaf on canvas
74 1/2 × 74 1/2 in
189.2 × 189.2 cm
Bidding closed
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