Guillermo Kuitca (Argentine, )

Guillermo Kuitca (Argentinean, b.1961) is an installation artist, sculptor, and draughtsman, best known for manipulating geographical maps and architectural plans. Born in Buenos Aires, Kuitca began painting from an early age, and his early work depicts theater sets with titles drawn from literature and music. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Kuitca began working on installations based on typographies, and explored themes of public and private space, memory, and migration. Public and private worlds converge symbolically in his series Le Sacre (1992), which consisted of 54 mattresses, installed vertically, on which he painted maps of various locations around the world. In 2007, Kuitca represented Argentina at the Venice Biennale with his Diarios series, begun in 1994, which are canvases that Kuitca has stretched over a table in his studio and covered with doodles. Many of Kuitca’s works focus on organization systems, such as his Neufer Suite (1998, 2002) series of architectural blue prints, which Kuitca uses to illustrate the absurdity of such a cataloguing system when it enters into the context of painting. Kuitca’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. He lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Timeline

1961
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lives and works in Buenos Aires

Exhibitions

2007
Solo: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, 'Retrospective', Washington DC
2005
Solo: Sperone Westwater, 'Acoustic Mass', New York NY
Solo: Hauser & Wirth, London/GB
2004
Solo: Sala Muralla Bizantina, 'Dibujos y variaciones sobre papel 2000-2004', Cartagena/E
2003
Solo: Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 'Guillermo Kuitca: Obras 1982-2002', Madrid/E; travelled to: Museo Lationoamericano de Buenos Aires Coleccion Constantini, Buenos Aires/ARG
Solo: rito cu4tro, Madrid/E
2002
Solo: Sperone Westwater, 'Guillermo Kuitca: The Ring', New York NY
Solo: Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City/MEX
Solo: Galleria Cardi & Co., 'Guillermo Kuitca', Milan/I
Solo: LA Louver Gallery, 'Guillermo Kuitca', Venice CA
2001
Solo: Galerie Hauser & Wirth, 'Guillermo Kuitca', Zurich/CH
2000–20000
Solo: Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, 'Guillermo Kuitca, œuvres récentes', Paris/F
1999
Solo: Sperone Westwater, 'Castle to Castle (From the Neufert Suite)', New York NY
Solo: The Arts Club of Chicago, 'Guillermo Kuitca – Beds, Theaters & Drawings', Chicago IL
Solo: Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, 'Guillermo Kuitca', Rio de Janeiro/BR
Solo: L.A. Louver Gallery, 'Guillermo Kuitca', Venice CA
Solo: Galerie Barbara Farber – La Serre, 'Guillermo Kuitca', Trets/F
1998
Solo: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 'Guillermo Kuitca', Paris/F

Literature

2000
‘Guillermo Kuitca’, exhibition catalogue with a text by Paulo Herkenhoff and an interview with Graciela Sssperanza (Paris: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain 2000)
"No Home at All", an Interview with Kuitca, The New Art Examiner, Chicago, February, 2000
2000
‘Guillermo Kuitca’, Paris, Actes Sud, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
1999
‘Guillermo Kuitca: Dreawings 1981-1996’, New York, Sperone Westwater
"Kuitca, le tableau est un corps," By, Albertini, Art Press, Paris, vol., 249, September, 1999.
1994
‘Guillermo Kuitca, Burning Beds: A Survey 1982-1994’, Amsterdam, Contemporary Art Foundation
1993
‘A Book Based on Guillermo Kuitca’, (Essays by Jerry Saltz, Martin Rejtman, Marcelo E. Pacheco), Amsterdam, Contemporary Art Foundation
"G. Kuitca on the Map", by Ayerza, Josefina, Flash Art, New York, no., 173, November-December, 1993.
1991
"How to Map the Universe", Greenless, D., ARTnews, New York, vol, 90, no. 8, October, 1991
1990
"Guillermo Kuitca", Galleria G. E. Sperone, Exhibition Catalogue, Rome, Italy
1989
‘Guillermo David Kuitca: Works 1982-1988’, Buenos Aires, Ediciones Julia Lublin