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Thursday, June 9, 2016
Jose Gurerrero, titled "Proceso" 1981 Oil and mixed media on canvas, 50 x 50 José Guerrero
JOSE GUERRERO MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS TITLED AND DATED "PROSERO" 1981 50X50 AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
GRANADA, SPAIN; D. 1991, BARCELONA
was born on October 29, 1914, in Granada, Spain. Guerrero painted his last
figurative work, a self-portrait, in 1950. Thereafter, galvanized by Abstract
Expressionism, he abandoned his figurative style for abstraction.
By the mid-1950s Guerrero’s style had become more gestural, expressing a deeper sense
of urgency, as he loosened his brushstroke and introduced a controlled dripping
technique. A selection of these new paintings appeared in an exhibition at Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, in 1954, marking Guerrero’s emergence as a
distinctive painter within the New York school. Since moving to New York,
Guerrero had become acquainted with some of the most prominent members of the
American avant-garde including Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Robert
Motherwell, Mark Rothko, and Theodoros Stamos.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Guerrero’s abstract style continued to evolve, as he
created orderly and rhythmic vertical compositions, followed by increasingly
dynamic works in which brilliant hues took the lead.
Solo exhibitions include those at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
(1952); Galería Juana Mordó, Madrid (1964); Escuela de artes y oficios (1981);
and Museo de arte contemporáneo, Seville (1990). Guerrero died on December 23,
1991, in Barcelona. In 1994, the Museo nacional centro de arte Reina Sofía,
Madrid, organized a major retrospective of his work