Guggenheim museum and 'empty' sculpture  2005-07-17







'Emptying' Sculpture to Make Room for Spiritual Energy


Few artists have been more exhaustively theoretical in their approach than the Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza (1908-2003), whose most important work was accomplished during the 1950's. Feeling that he had reached his goal of paring sculpture down to an emptied (not "empty") space filled with spiritual energy, in 1959 he turned his attention to aesthetic and linguistic research, and the political and social causes of the Basques, with a brief return to art-making from 1972 to 1975.



Fundación La Caixa Barcelona/Guggenheim -Oteiza's "Empty Construction" (1957), a roughly square-foot sculpture.

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