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Guillermo Kuitca: Everything—Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008 opens at the Walker this Saturday after presentations at the Miami Art Museum and the Albright-Knox Gallery (it travels to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this fall). “The greatest artist in the world” Why not start with the superlative to end all superlatives? Ben Lewis, the […]

Guillermo Kuitca: Everything—Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008 opens at the Walker this Saturday after presentations at the Miami Art Museum and the Albright-Knox Gallery (it travels to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this fall).

“The greatest artist in the world”
Why not start with the superlative to end all superlatives? Ben Lewis, the British filmmaker and art critic for Prospect magazine, bestowed that title on Kuitca last January. “Kuitca’s oeuvre is original, impassioned and striking,” he wrote, comparing the artist to Francis Bacon, Lucio Fontana, and Yves Klein (coming this fall!) as successful but little-known figures who at some point “shot up the pecking order.”  

Kuitca's self-portrait, shot for "W" magazine

 

“… immersed in conversation, his hand never stops moving. Fascinated by pencils even more than by paint, he doodles incessantly.”
W magazine published a lengthy profile of the artist last fall, when Everything premiered at the Miami Art Museum. Doodlers of all stripes and skill levels will want to join Kuitca as he hosts the Drawing Club at Walker Open Field tomorrow — Thursday — from 4 to 5 pm.  

 

[He uses] “common, almost generic, forms that say a lot about human social relationships, without using the human figure.”
In the July issue of Minnesota Monthly, director Olga Viso talks about Kuitca and explains her role in bringing the show to the Walker.

“… what I get [from teaching] is an incredibly rich, panoramic view of what art is and how people tend to approach different problems.”
“All About Guillermo Kuitca,” the cover story for Modern Painters‘ summer issue, is an interview with writer and curator Robert Storr; the accompanying slideshow includes great shots of Kuitca’s studio in Buenos Aires.

 

“I hate to throw things away, but I do throw away drawings. I keep maybe one out of 30 and throw the rest away. But with the painting, I keep fighting a little bit more …”
Kuitca in conversation with Argentine singer Juana Molina. The two interviewed each other for Mary Abbe in Sunday’s Star Tribune; Molina performs at the Walker Saturday, June 26, for the opening night of Everything.

 

Tickets are still available for the After Hours preview party this Friday, June 25.

  • Frank Gaard says:

    Kuitca – First painter in a long while to occupy all 3 galleries, quite alot of very large works more than enough to fill 3 floors of any building save a parking garage. I visited Paul Smelzer (spelling?}formerly cheese at Walker actually held Julie’s job. He helped me be a bit more sympathetic to Kuitca. Some the early paintings reminded me of Michael Hurson’s work. The sparse in /out landscapes and the little furniture the sense of space like living in a space so large you could never fill it. But Paul saw other things the maps the tiny names of places, cities, towns. Kinda like Jasper Johns maps only huge mural sized maps that look like nothing until you are on top of them. Ad Reinhardt used to say art is never good when it’s called poetic and here a poesy appears but it’s so dark so nihilistic like we play out the emptiness of the whole it’s silence. I saw this artist Kuitca in W Magazine I thought at first it was the designer McQueen who had recently killed himself then I realized it was someone else someone I’d hardly heard of was having a solo show @ MoMA but he’s no Alexander McQueen when the criterion is color. The color in Kuitca is very minimal very limited but hey you don’t always get what you want.