New York – Pace Gallery is pleased to announce its worldwide representation of Virginia Jaramillo in association with Hales Gallery. The artist, who has explored and expanded the history of minimalism throughout her six-decade career, will have her first presentation with Pace at the inaugural edition of Frieze Seoul in September, where the gallery’s booth will feature a selection of works which are grounded in abstraction, by artists throughout the program.
Jaramillo will have her first solo show with Pace at her Los Angeles gallery in May 2023. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City will be showing Jaramillo’s first museum retrospective in 2023, and the artist’s work is featured in the ongoing group show Sensory Poetics: Collecting Abstraction, on view at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through October 16. In 2020, Jaramillo opened her first solo museum exhibition at the Menil Collection in Houston, and in 2021 she presented The Harmony Between Line and Space at the Parrish Art Museum in The Watermill, New York.
Jaramillo, a Mexican-American artist born in El Paso, Texas in 1939, first garnered critical acclaim for her curvilinear paintings, her most famous work, which she began creating in the late 1960s after moving to New York from Los Angeles. after living in Paris for a year – and continued to produce until the 1970s. For this and later works, the artist drew inspiration from the Japanese concept of Ma, which focuses on the resonance and meaning of negative space. Jaramillo’s curvilinear works, featured in the famous 1971 Houston De Luxe Show, which was among the first racially integrated exhibitions in the United States, and the 1972 Whitney Annual at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, feature elegantly contoured lines that diverge and intersect with wide, monochromatic color fields.
In the 1970s, Jaramillo switched from curvilinear to stained paintings, expanding her explorations of space and depth on her canvases. For her stained works, the artist dilutes acrylic and oil paints to bleed colors and create new perceptual and sensory effects. She took a break from painting in the 1980s, creating abstractions using linen fibers and hand-ground earth pigments, returning to work on canvas in 2017.
Jaramillo has maintained her artistic practice since childhood in Los Angeles, where she attended Manual Arts High School and studied at the Otis Art Institute from 1958-1961. Among the earliest milestones of her career was her inclusion in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Annual Exhibition Series in 1959 and 1961. Influenced by abstract expressionist paintings and modernist design, Jaramillo continued to explore form and function throughout her career.
An intense interest in the imaginative possibilities of geometric abstraction runs through Jaramillo’s work, which is guided by her deeply philosophical approach to making art. Jaramillo’s abstractions are often informed by scientific theory and science fiction, two enduring sources of inspiration for the artist. Her methodological process often involves meditations on ideas related to these subjects, and through her sophisticated sketching and painting techniques she transforms them into transcendent abstractions. In her paintings, Jaramillo uses abstract imagery to explore the relationships between objects, the internal movements of the human body, molecular interactions, and other physical and temporal phenomena. Materiality also plays a key role in her practice, through which she has experimented with different mediums, textures, pigments and technical processes.
Virginia Jaramillo says:
“I can remember visiting the Pace Gallery in New York in the early 1970s. I was excited to see an exhibition of Agnes Martin paintings. At that time, very few female artists exhibited in a major New York gallery. What I saw of Martin’s work that day took my breath away. I thought how brave the artist and gallery were to show this extraordinary work, which was way outside the norm at the time. This is my lasting impression of Pace Gallery.”
Marc Glimcher, CEO and President of Pace Gallery says:
“We are very pleased to welcome Virginia Jaramillo to Pace. Through her meticulous, contemplative abstractions, Virginia expresses ideas on complex physical and theoretical issues, imbuing her minimalistic compositions with emotional resonance. Virginia’s explorations of space, depth and materiality create mesmerizing effects and draw us into the boundless realms of her chromatically rich, dynamic canvases. Her work has been featured in some of the most prestigious exhibitions of the 20th century, including the 1971 De Luxe Show, and we look forward to bringing her recent and historical work to new audiences around the world.”
Jaramillo’s work was part of the acclaimed group exhibitions Women in Abstraction, which opened in 2021 at the Center Pompidou in Paris; Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which opened at Tate Modern in London in 2017; Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, presented at the Brooklyn Museum and Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, 2014 and 2015, respectively; and Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980, which opened in 2011 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
The artist is represented in the collections of the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; the Menil Collection, Houston; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Peréz Art Museum, Miami; the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; and many other institutions.
Virginia Jaramillo (born 1939, El Paso, Texas) is known for her meditative abstract painting, which explores a wide range of subjects including science fiction, history, and physiology. Throughout her six-decade career, Jaramillo has explored space, depth and materiality in her canvases, creating a unique visual language through her experiments with different media, textures, pigments and technical processes. The artist studied from 1958 to 1961 at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the 2020 Anonymous Was A Woman Award. Her work can be found in many public collections, including Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; the Menil Collection, Houston; the Mexican Museum, San Francisco; the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Jaramillo lives and works in New York.
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