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The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space is pleased to announce a new installation with works by Guilermo Kuitca from 1986 to 1998.

Memory and loss are an integral part of Guillermo Kuitca's work. His paintings reference personal memories that are staged and show his interest for architecture and topography. His early work details his exploration of maps and theaters, with titles drawn from literature, plays and popular music. "Siete Ultimas Canciones", 1986 reflects Kuitca's experiences as a theater stage director in Argentina.

Like Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Jim Hodges, Kuitca explores the vanishing line between public and private spaces. As he continues to research these subjects the viewer is invited to engage in the work and give it a different personal meaning. Kuitca's controlled expressionism renders public spaces, which resonate with private reflections on melancholy, loss, passion, desire, and fear. Anchored in awareness of self and the fluid mind, these mappings are informed by a sense of personal history, filtered through the traumas of the Holocaust (examples are the large vertical painting "Kristallnacht", 1992 and "Untitled", Tablada Suite, 1991 which references the name of the Jewish cemetery in Buenos Aires). His work also, reflects the political unrest experienced while growing up and working in Argentina.

Saturated with uncertainty, complex architectural structures deteriorate, and spew at arbitrary points of departure, as figures are reduced to numbers, and lyrical articulation is given precedence over cool calculations within it's boundaries. The canvas becomes a platform in which evidence of place is no longer fixed in empirical documentation, but in a vehicle to explore the delicate balance of emotion and intellect. Kuitca's works diagram grand structures of ingenuity and knowledge, however speaks greater volumes of the innate anxieties dwelling within the possibility of their destruction.

Guillermo Kuitca, born 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, started his artistic career early. In his early twenties, he was already starting to gain recognition and became internationally known shortly thereafter. His work has been exhibited at many prestigious institutions including the Tate Modern (London) the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) , the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, New York) , the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recently the Miami Art Museum did a retrospective of his work.

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