Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges: The Art of Friendship in NYC

Sunday, April 28, 2013 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 2:17 PM

La muestra Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges: The Art of Friendship examina la influencia mutua entre estos dos artistas argentinos y busca explorar cómo una amistad tal puede afectar el discurso tanto público como cultural e intelectual . La muestra está abierta hasta el 20 de Julio en la Galería de Americas Society.

This will be the first solo exhibition in New York dedicated to painter, writer, and occultist Xul Solar, born Oscar Agustín Alejandro Schulz Solari (1887-1963). The show will offer an in-depth examination of the public and private aspects of Solar's long friendship and vigorous exchange of ideas with famed writer and fellow Argentine Jorge Luis Borges. The central concept of the exhibition will explore how a friendship—a private, intimate affair—can affect public cultural and intellectual discourse. Solar and Borges' influences on each other led to groundbreaking artistic work produced by them individually and collaboratively. The exhibition will feature a selection of Xul Solar's exquisite early paintings as well as collaborative publications, translations, objects, and artistic interventions in books by the two friends. Public programs will include cross-disciplinary events and a panel discussion featuring Maria Kodama, Sergio Baur, Patricia Artundo, and Silvia Molloy, as well as poetry readings by Lila Zemborain and Cecilia Vicuña. Americas Society will also produce a fully illustrated publication to accompany the exhibition.
Solar and Borges met in 1924 after both had independently traveled throughout Europe where they spent a decade after World War I, and returned to Buenos Aires just when a literary and artistic avant-garde movement was beginning to take hold. They were part of the circle of writers and artists associated with the avant-garde magazine Martin Fierro, which was active until 1927. The martinfierristas were part of the Argentine generation whose artistic and political efforts were focused on defining and exploring their national identity through cosmopolitan means. They embraced a universal identity linked to Europe, but also sought to establish a uniquely Argentine national identity grounded in the rural mythology of the gauchos, the iconic Argentine cattlemen. These concepts are central to Borges' early work. Solar's paintings include a number of nationalist symbols dating back to pre-Hispanic times as well as words from two languages he invented to be Argentine, yet universal. Another major theme in Solar’s work is spiritualism and fantasy. He developed a method of painting with watercolors and crayons which he used to create colorful and fantastical works that blended metaphysical ideas about the invisible world with his interests in constructing a national identity and reinventing language.
Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges: The Art of Friendship > Abril 18 - Julio 20 > Americas Society Gallery > ASG.

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