Gunther Gerzso  (Mexican, 1915-2000) 

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Gunther Gerzso (Mexican, born June 17, 1915–died April 21, 2000) was a painter and set designer best known for his Abstract paintings based on architectural relationships and geometric structure. Born in Mexico City, Gerzso began building sets for a local theater in 1934, and established his career as a stage designer by working with legendary film directors, such as Luis Buñuel and John Ford. Gerzso’s early paintings show the influence of Surrealist artists, such as Wolfgang Paalen (Austrian/Mexican, 1907–1959), Mexican artists Diego Rivera (1886–1957) and José Clemente Orozco (1883–1949), as well as European artists such as Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) and Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). In the 1950s, when he began to devote his time exclusively to painting, Gerzso moved towards abstraction. His mature paintings—often referred to as “architectonic abstractions”—synthesized the geometric style of architect Le Corbusier (French/Swiss, 1887–1965) with motifs found in Pre-Columbian art; works such as Landscape at Papantla (1955) and Verde-Azul-Blanco (1978) are reminiscent of Mayan temples and the lushness of the Mexican landscape. Gerzso has held solo exhibitions at several museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and his work has been exhibited at the Museo de Art Moderno in Mexico City, the Musée Picasso in Antibes, France, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Gunther Gerzso, Anatomía

 

Gunther Gerzso
Anatomía
1943

Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art
Gunther Gerzso, Meridional

 

Gunther Gerzso
Meridional
1995

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Gunther Gerzso, Recinto

 

Gunther Gerzso
Recinto
1995

Mixografia ®
Gunther Gerzso, Rojo-Azul-Naranja

 

Gunther Gerzso
Rojo-Azul-Naranja
1970

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Gunther Gerzso, Paisaje de San Ángel

 

Gunther Gerzso
Paisaje de San Ángel
1956

Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art
Gunther Gerzso, Rojo y blanco (Red Landscape)

 

Gunther Gerzso
Rojo y blanco (Red Landscape)
1964

AAMD Fine Art
Gunther Gerzso, Canto de Primavera

 

Gunther Gerzso
Canto de Primavera
1990

Arte Nucleo Galeria
Gunther Gerzso, Cantares Mexicanos 13

 

Gunther Gerzso
Cantares Mexicanos 13
Arte Nucleo Galeria
Gunther Gerzso, Cuidad Desda Arriba

 

Gunther Gerzso
Cuidad Desda Arriba
1955

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Gunther Gerzso, Acatl

 

Gunther Gerzso
Acatl
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Gunther Gerzso, Untitled

 

Gunther Gerzso
Untitled, 1974
works on paper (drawings, watercolors etc.), mixed media

 

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Gunther Gerzso, Leyenda

 

Gunther Gerzso
Leyenda, 1995
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1915   Born in Mexico City, MEXICO
1927 - 1931   Attended various Swiss schools, Lugano, Switzerland
1934   Graduated from the German School in Mexico City, Mexico
1936 - 1939   Staff Set Designer at the Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
1940   Started his avocation as a self-taught painter, Cleveland, Ohio
1942 - 1962   Designed sets for 250 films
1973   Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
1978   Received National Award for Arts and Sciences, Mexico
2000   Died: in Mexico City, Mexico
2004   Gunther Gerzso: Defining Mexican Abstractionism, ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, Coral Gables, Florida, February 6-April 30
Risking the Abstract: Mexican Modernism and the Art of Gunther Gerzso, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, March 19-June 27
2003 - 2004   Risking the Abstract: Mexican Modernism and the Art of Gunther Gerzso, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, November 12-February 22
2003   Risking the Abstract: Mexican Modernism and the Art of Gunther Gerzso, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, July-October 2003
2000   Gunther Gerzso, In His Memory, Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art, New York
Gunther Gerzso, The Last Decade, Galería Lopez-Quiroga, Mexico D.F.
1996   Gunther Gerzso, Latin American Masters Gallery, Beverly Hills, California
1992 - 1996   The Gelman Collection (travelling exhibition), Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo Mexico, D.F.
1995   Gunther Gerzso 80th Birthday Show, Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art New York, NY
Gunther Gerzso: Prints and Sculpture, The Americas Society, New York
Gunther Gerzso. Obra Receinte, Galería Lopez Quiroga,Mexico, D.F.
1994   Gunther Gerzso. Pintura, Grafica y Dibujo, 1949-1993, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico, D.F.
1993   Gunther Gerzso. Pintura, Grafica y Dibujo, 1949-1993, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca Oaxaca, Mexico
Gunther Gerzso. Pintura, Grafica y Dibujo, 1949-1993, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
1990   A New Antiquity of Form, Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art New York, NY
Gerzso, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico, D.F.
1989   Museo de Arte Moderno, 25 Años 1964-1989, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico, D.F
1988   The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the United States, 1920-1970, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
1987 - 1988   The Woman and Surrealism, Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts Lausanne, Switzerland
1987 - 1988   Imagen de Mexico, Der Beitrag Mexikos Zur des 20 Jahrhunderts, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1986   Gunther Gerzso, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico, D.F.
1984   Gunther Gerzso Retrospective, Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art, New York
Gerzso. La Centella Glacial. Un Dialogo Plastico en la Ciudad de Mexico, Sala Ollin Yoliztli, Mexico
1982   Gunther Gerzso, One Man Show, FIAC 1982 Paris, France
1981   Gunther Gerzso - Retrospectiva, Museo de Monterrey, Mexico
1980   Mexique: Peintres Contemporains, Musée Picasso Antibes, France
1979   Le Mexique d'Hier et d'Aujord'Hui, Musée du Petit Palais, Paris, France
1978   Seccion Anual de Invitados: Tamayo, Merida, Gerzso, Salon Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico, D.F.
1975   12 Latin American Artists Today, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
1975   El Geometrismo Mexicano: una Tendencia Actual, Museo de Arte Mo, Mexico, D.F.
1970   Twenty Years of Gunther Gerzso, Phoenix Art Museum Phoenix, Arizona
1966 - 1967   Art of Latin America Since Independence, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut and the University of Texas, Austin, Texas
1963   Gunther Gerzso, Exposicion Retrospectiva, Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno Mexico, D.F.
1955   The Third International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Tokyo, Japan
1950   Galeria de Arte Mexicano Mexico, D.F.