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Jesus Rafael Soto
[English & Italian Texts]

Edited by Tatiana Cuevas & Paolo Santoscoy
October 2007
Silvana Editoriale
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publications
96 Pages, Illustrated
$54.00 Paper

Jesús Rafael Soto was a sculptor and painter and is most famous for his op art and kinetic art works. His early influences were Cubism, Cézanne and Mondrian and he became worldfamous as a kinetic sculptor. Soto is particularly well known for his penetrables, interactive sculptures which consist of square arrays of thin, dangling tubes through which observers can walk. It has been said of Soto's art that it is inseparable from the viewer; it can only stand completed in the illusion perceived by the mind as a result of observing the piece.

The catalogue presents a selection of representative works of the artist’s aesthetic investigations from the 1950s to the late 1990s. The pieces represent the outcome of a process of experimentation that led Soto to expand twodimensional surfaces into three-dimensional space in order to broaden the possibilities of interaction with the viewer, who would thus form part of a new visual situation. The selection of works follows two parallel lines in Soto’s work.

The first corresponds to his relationship with music through the abstraction of chromatic units used as compositional elements; the second involves the alteration of the everyday experience of space through confrontation with these works.

Exhibition schedule
Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo. 13th October 2006 – 25th February 2007

• Includes an interview with the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist

• One of the pioneers and great exponents of Kinetic Art

• A must have publication for all lovers of Soto’s work

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