b. 1920 Buenos Aires, Argentina - d. July 25th, 2013 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Recognized for his unique oeuvre which blends art with politics, drawing with sculpture, and concept with form, Ferrari is today regarded as one of the most important Latin American artists of the second half of the twentieth century. Although he began his career in Argentina pursuing parallel interests in art and engineering (an influence which can be observed in the structural emphasis of much of his art), Ferrari first started exhibiting ceramic sculptures in the 1950s. From this point of origin, Ferrari's artistic experiments have expanded over the decades to include film, drawings, hanging sculptures in materials ranging from wire to bones, and found objects.
Despite the diversity of his artwork, a fascination for language - as a means of communication, as a visual form, and as metaphor - has permeated Ferrari's career. This is perhaps best observed in Ferrari's written drawings, which take their departure from written script.
A world renowned artist, Ferrari's art is included in major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Casa de las Americas, Havana; Daros Latin America, Zurich; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. In 2007, Ferrari received the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, and in 2009, his work was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the exhibition, Tangled Alphabets.
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Leon Ferrari on view at MoMa
We are pleased to announce that Leon Ferrari's work is currently being shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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Remembering León Ferrari
New York Times article:
León Ferrari, Provocative Argentine Conceptual Artist, Dies at 92