Jesús Rafael Soto  (Venezuelan, 1923-2005) 

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Jesús Rafael Soto (Venezuelan, 1923–2005) is a sculptor and installation artist associated with the Kinetic Art movement and best known for large-scale, geometric works that create optical movement. Born in Ciudad Bolivar, he studied at the School of Fine Arts in Caracas before moving to Paris, where he became associated with a group of abstract artists called Salon des Realités Nouvelles. Inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872–1944) and Kazimir Malevich (Russian, 1878–1935), Soto created a series of Repetition Paintings, which were composed of simple, geometric shapes.

In 1955, he created his first dynamic works by superimposing drawings made on Plexiglass, and during the 1960s he continued to incorporate three dimensional elements in several series, including Writings, Ts, and Ambivalences. In 1968, he began working on his series of Penetrables, life-size works made from flexible nylon threads that vibrate as the viewer approaches them. One of the last works of this series, Cube Penetrable (1996), creates the illusion of volume and movement through painted metal rods. Soto’s work has been exhibited in many public locations, including the hall of the UNESCO building in Paris (1969) and the Forum of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1987). His work is held by several museum collections, including the Tate Modern in London, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Museo de Arte Moderno Jesus Soto in Bolívar, Venezuela.

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Jesús Rafael Soto, Cuadrados Vibrantes, from Síntesis series

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
Cuadrados Vibrantes, from Síntesis series
1979
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Jesús Rafael Soto, La Escalera Azul, from Síntesis series

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
La Escalera Azul, from Síntesis series
1979
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Jesús Rafael Soto, Incliné bleu et noir

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
Incliné bleu et noir
1966
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Jesús Rafael Soto, Oro y Cobalto

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
Oro y Cobalto
circa 1980

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Jesús Rafael Soto, Light Trap (Piège de lumière)

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
Light Trap (Piège de lumière)
1965

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Jesús Rafael Soto, Cuadrado y curvas virtuales from Series Síntesis

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
Cuadrado y curvas virtuales from Series Síntesis
1979

Auction: Apr 23, 2014
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Jesús Rafael Soto, Escrituras

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
Escrituras
1979

GBG Arts
Jesús Rafael Soto, Spirale

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
Spirale
1958

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Jesús Rafael Soto, CARRES VERT FONCE

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
CARRES VERT FONCE
Maxwell Davidson Gallery
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Jesús Rafael Soto, Structure cinétique (Sotomagie)

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
Structure cinétique (Sotomagie), 1967
silkscreen on plexiglass with metal rods

 

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Jesús Rafael Soto, Structure cinétique (Sotomagie)

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
Structure cinétique (Sotomagie), 1955-1967
silkscreen on plexiglass with metal rods

 

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Jesús Rafael Soto, Presenza Grafica

 

Jesús Rafael Soto
Presenza Grafica, 1973
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1923   Born in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
1942   Recipient, scholarship from the Guyana regional authority to study at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Artes Aplicadas in Caracas, Venezuela
1947   Appointed director of the School of Art in the small town of Maracaibo, Venezuela
1950   Embarked from the port of La Guaira on an Italian cargo ship bound for Europe and immediately took a train to Paris, France
1951   Attended lectures by Léon Degand entitled From Figuration to Abstraction at the Atelier d'Art Abstrait, Paris, France
1960   Recipient, Venezuelan National Painting Award
1968   Recipient, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France
1972   Recipient, Orden Andrés Bello en Primer Grado, Caracas, Venezuela
1973   Opening of Jesús Soto Museum of Modern Art in Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela
1999   Recipient, Doctor Honoris Causa de la Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela
2005   Died in Paris, France
2010   Black and Light, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, Germany
2009   Jesús Rafael Soto, Galerie Max Hetzler, Zimmerstrasse, Berlin, Germany
Galería Cayón: Materia Gris, Galería Cayón, Madrid, Spain
Latitudes: Mestres Latino-americanos na Coleção FEMSA, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
Instalações, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
2008   Jesús R. Soto, Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain
Latitudes: Maestros Latinoamericanos en la Colección FEMSA, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Diagonal, Galería Cayón, Madrid, Spain
Facets, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC
16th Biennale of Sydney, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Las Implicaciones de la Imagen (The Implications of Image), Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte, Mexico City, Mexico
2007   Latin American Art in the Berardo Collection, Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna, Sintra, Portugal
Sammlung Gutmann, Haus Konstruktiv, Stiftung für konstruktive und konkrete Kunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Tamaño Real , Galería Cayón, Madrid, Spain
The Geometry of Hope, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
2006   Jesús Rafael Soto: Visioni in Movimento, Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy
Jesus Rafael Soto: Vision en Movimiento, Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Estrecho Dudoso, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica
Zéro, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France
Art on the Edge, Omaha, NE
2005   Jesús Rafael Soto, Visión en Movimiento, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Jesús Rafael Soto, Venezuela, Molaa Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
Soto: A Construção da Imaterialidade, Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil
Soto: A Construção da Imaterialidade, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
Outside Europe: Aus der Sammlung DaimlerChrysler, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Das Progressive, Museum Basel, Haus Konstruktiv, Stiftung für Konstruktive und Konkrete Kunst, Zurich, Switzerland
2004   Jesús-Rafael Soto, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX
Jesús-Rafael Soto, Galerie Denise René, Espace Marais, Paris, France
Beyond Geometry, Experiments in Form 1940s-70s, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Attraversare Genova, Percorsi e Linguaggi Internazionali del Contemporaneo, Villa Croce Museo d´Arte Contemporanea, Genoa, Italy
Algorithmische Revolution, Zur Geschichte der Interaktiven Kunst, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Daimler Chrysler Collection, Iziko South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2003   Jesús-Rafael Soto, Galerie Denise René, Espace Marais, Paris, France
Soto, Galerie Denise René, Rive Gauche, Paris, France
On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the Daimler Chrysler Collection, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Aperceptions, Guislain, États d'Art, Paris, France
The Daimler Chrysler Collection, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
2002   Arte Múltipla, Galeria 111, Lisbon, Portugal
Moderna Museet C/O Magasin 3, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2001   El Arte Abstracto y la Galería Denise René, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
SITE Santa Fe's Fourth International Biennial, Santa Fe, NM
Accrochage de Groupe, Galerie Denise René, Espace Marais, Paris, France
Bienal 50 Anos, Núcleo Histórico, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
2000   From Cubism to Minimalism: A selection of Works by World Leading Artists, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
1999   Bis 2000 Deutsche und Internationale Kunst Seit 1960, Galerie Neher GmbH & Co. KG, Essen, Germany
1998   Exposição Retrospectiva de Jesús Rafael Soto, SEEC, Casa Andrade Muricy, Curitiba, Brazil
Jesús Rafael Soto, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay
1997   Jesús Rafael Soto: Retrospectiva, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Jesús Rafael Soto: Retrospektive, Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, Germany
Bienal do Mercosul, Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
1996   Transformers: A Moving Experience, Wellington City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
23rd Bienal de São Paulo, Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Colección Permanente: Novas Incorporacións, Colección Fundación Arco, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
1990   Jesus Rafael Soto, Quadrat Bottrop, Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop, Germany
Konkret Zehn, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
1988   Zero, Un Movimiento Europeo, Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Spain
1986   Point, Ligne, Plan, Musée d´Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
1984   Soto, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
Ein Anderes Klima: A Different Climate (II), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
1979   Soto: Oeuvres Actuelles, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France
1974   Jesús Rafael Soto, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo)
1961   Bewogen Beweging, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK
  MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
  Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
  Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL
  Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
  Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
  Tate Britain, London, UK
  Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia
  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia