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14 – 30 October, 2013
Curated by Matthew Drutt

Opening Reception: 14 October 2013, 6–9PM


Gallery Hours
General Hours:
Monday – Friday 9.30 AM – 5.30 PM

Exhibition Hours:
Monday – Friday, 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM
Saturday, Midday – 5.00 PM

The Louise Blouin Foundation, in collaboration with Galerie Agnès Monplaisir, is pleased to present its first exhibition of work by renowned Columbian artist Olga de Amaral. Curated by Matthew Drutt, the exhibition will feature more than 30 objects and tapestries from the last decade.

Considered a leading textile artist of her generation, Olga de Amaral’s work links craft traditions with fine art theories of formalism, abstraction and metaphysics. Frequently taking the form of large fiber works covered with gold or silver leaf, de Amaral’s work brings the elements of painting off the stretcher and into space. She seamlessly weaves architecture, mathematics, landscape, and the sociocultural elements of Columbia to create work transcendent of one specific medium.

"We are pleased to present the works of Olga de Amaral, an artist whose work refers to South American culture, its rich history and traditions and the legends and fantasies that have evolved from it,” comments Mrs. Blouin. "This embodies the spirit and mission of the foundation to spread culture beyond borders."

Matthew Drutt adds, “Olga de Amaral is one of Colombia’s most important living treasures, and her forthcoming exhibition will show the full range of her talents as she celebrates 81 years of life.”

Born in 1932, in Bogota Colombia, Olga de Amaral studied fabric design at the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan. During the 1960s, de Amaral played an important role in transforming the traditionally two-dimensional medium of textile art into a three-dimensional sculptural form. In 1973 she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2005 she was selected as a Visionary Artist by the Museum of Art and Design in New York. She is represented in collections of more than 40 museums internationally including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Musee d’Arte Modern de la Ville, Paris; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.

A monograph published by Somogy will accompany the exhibition. Three editions will be available in English, French, and Spanish.

The Louise Blouin Foundation, founded in 2004 by Louise Blouin, is an international non-profit organization that seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of globalization by using cultural dialogue and diplomacy as a key method for exchange. This platform focuses on such diverse areas as international trade, foreign policy, education and the environment through the utilization of a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes the role of culture and the arts. www.ltbfoundation.com.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, through the generous support of Galerie Agnès Monplaisir.

To book a private view dinner or reception during the exhibition please contact Amy Gibson on agibson@artinfo.com

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