Geta Brătescu: The Leaps of Aesop at Hauser & Wirth


Earthquake, 1992, Geta Brătescu. Image via Hauser & Wirth

The exhibit Geta Brătescu: The Leaps of Aesop will open at Hauser & Wirth on November 13th.

Romanian artist Geta Brătescu has a compelling and inspiring background, beginning her studies at the University of Bucharest and the Academy of Fine Arts between 1945-49, where she was expelled from the Academy before completing her degree, being declared ‘of bad origins’ by the Communist Party.

Upon returning to the university (finally) in 1969, Brătescu went on to create a series of work throughout the 1970s that would define her artistic career, focusing on the studio as a place to “redefine the self,”  and creating her most famous film, Atelierul  (The Studio) in 1978, made with Ion Grigorescu.

Feeling a connection between literature and art, Aesop, Faust and Medea were of particular interest and inspiration in her drawing, photography, filmmaking and performance work.

The exhibition, Geta Brătescu: The Leaps of Aesop, will be the first New York solo presentation, “devoted to the artist’s pioneering achievements,” with an Opening Reception held on Monday, November 13 from 6-8pm at Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street. The exhibition will be on view to December 23, 2017.

Geta Brătescu, at age 91, lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.

Also on view at Hauser & Wirth, Chelsea, is David Smith: Origins & Innovations

(L) Untitled, 1930. Photo: Christopher Burke Studio (R) Untitled, 1958-1959. Courtesy the Estate and Hauser & Wirth

David Smith: Origins & Innovations will be on view from November 13 to December 23, 2017

And Uptown……

Arshile Gorky, Objects of Desire Installations. Constance Mensh for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Image via Hauser & Wirth

Ardent Nature: Arshile Gorky Landscapes, 1943-47  on view at Hauser & Wirth, 32 East 69th Street