The Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection (JCMAC) initiates a new cycle in its exhibition program at its recently opened Miami Design District center with Constructing Constructivism. Curated by JCMAC’s curator M Carlota Perez-Appelbaum, the new selection from JCMAC’s outstanding collection explores the role of geometric abstraction in the mid-twentieth century within an extensive international context. While widely embraced in Europe and Latin America, geometric abstraction never found a wide audience in the US. This exhibition aims to revisit the achievements of wide array of artists from the Americas and Europe and to open a dialog on the importance of the geometric abstract style in the development of what we know as contemporary art.
With works by such diverse artists as Ilya Bolotowsky, Lygia Pape, Alexander Calder, Jesús Soto, Leon Polk Smith, Gego, Kenneth Noland, Joël Stein, Tadaaki Kuwayama, among many others, Constructing Constructivism looks into a wide range of philosophical, painterly and conceptual approaches to the geometric image during a time of increased global awareness. Featuring paintings, sculptures and drawings from JCMAC’s exceptional survey of artworks focused on geometric abstraction from Latin America, Europe and the United States, Constructing Constructivism advances the possibilities of global integration by focusing on mutual influences and exchanges among artists and movements across three continents.
In addition to visiting this selection of artwork at its own exhibition space, audiences can also enjoy one of JCMAC’s most distinguished works, Jesús Rafael Soto’s Penetrable BBL Bleu, 1999, currently installed at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
JCMAC is a private project, not registered as a 501(c)(3) foundation under the US Internal Revenue Code and does not receive governmental assistance.