Gego: Autobiography of a Line at Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York, September 10 – October 24, 2015

Thirty years ago, I was trained as an architect, committed to draw lines with a definite meaning, lines that determine forms or spaces as symbols of limits, never with a life of their own.

Many years later I discovered the charm of the line in and of itself – the line in space as well as the line drawn on a surface, and the nothing between the lines and the sparkling when they cross, when they are interrupted, when they are of different colours or different types. I discovered that sometimes the in-betw’een lines is as important as the line by itself.” — Gego from No Day Without a Line by Brigitte Kolle

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Gego in her studio, ca. 1978. Photo: Ricardo Goldman © Fundación Gego. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York / London

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Installation View of Gego: Autobiography of a Line at Dominique Lévy, New York. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. Courtesy: Dominique Lévy, New York and London

3) Gego_Chorro N° 9_1971

Gego. Chorro N° 9, 1971. Aluminum, stainless steel, iron and rivets. 165.35 x 11.42 inches (420 x 29 cm)

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Installation View of Gego: Autobiography of a Line at Dominique Lévy, New York. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging, Inc. Courtesy: Dominique Lévy, New York and London

2) Gego_Chorro N° 3_1970

Gego. Chorro N° 3, 1970. Aluminum and Stainless Steel, 53.94 x 25.2 x 7.87 inches (137 x 64 x 20 cm)

5) Gego_Dibujo sin papel 78.3_1978

Gego. Dibujo sin papel 78/3, 1978. Stainless steel rods and metal beads, 34.84 x 9.25 x 1.97 inches (88.5 x 23.5 x 5 cm)

6) Gego_Dibujo sin papel 86.15_1986

Gego. Dibujo sin papel 86/15, 1986. Nylon threads, iron, and metal wire. 33 11/16 x 16 1/2 inches (85.5 x 42 cm)

7) Gego_Dibujo sin papel 88.28_1988

Gego. Dibujo sin papel 88/28, 1988. Steel rods and wires, 35.83 x 37.01 inches (91 x 94 cm)

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Gego in her studio, 1984. Photo: Isidro, Núñez © Fundación Gego. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York / London

Gego (Gertrude Goldschmidt) was born in 1912 in Hamburg, Germany. She was forced to emigrate from Germany and moved to Caracas, Venezuela in 1939. She became a Venezuelan citizen in 1952 and lived there until her death in 1994.

Images courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York and London