MATTA 1911 / 2011: RETROSPECTIVA DE SU OBRA PICTÓRICA
Place Published: Valencia, Spain
Publisher: IVAM Centro Julio González
Date Published: 15 Feb- 1 Mayo 2011
Book Id: 97047
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Matta 1911-2011, brings together 32 paintings, some large-format including a polyptych. The main feature of all his work is the complexity revealed through a myriad of themes, motifs, shapes, colors and media. Roberto Matta is one of the most significant figures of twentieth century art, for his importance as a member of the Surrealist group, and his enormous influence on the development of American abstract expressionism and, above all, being a complete artist, a visionary and a pioneer of relationship between art, science and nature and role of art in the development of the human being. Through Dalí, and armed with a recommendation that he had been given by García Lorca, he met André Breton, who invited him to join the Surrealist movement in 1937. He published in the magazine Minotaure and took part in the famous Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme in 1938. During this period he met leading contemporary artists, among whom a privileged place was occupied by Marcel Duchamp, who became a decisive influence on his work and with whom he formed a friendship that lasted over the years. In 1939 he moved to New York, where his works featuring biomorphic forms, his dazzling personality and the innovative ideas and techniques of his style made him the centre of attention for the painters of the New York School, including Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, William Baziotes and Arshile Gorky, among others. His influence on the development of American Abstract Expressionism and his role as a bridge between European ideas about art and the new American art were decisive. SPANISH AND ENGLISH TEXT.