Artist spotlight: Eduardo T. Basualdo


The Tiroche DeLeon collection’s continuous investment in emerging artists bears fruit once again with the versatile Argentinean artist Eduardo T. Basualdo. Following his recent solo exhibition at the Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art, he has been invited to present solo booths at both Frieze and FIAC Art Fairs in October. 

"Untitled", 2012"Untitled", 2012, Crayon on paper

The Tiroche DeLeon collection, already owning 5 works by Basualdo, has agreed to acquire two additional large-scale paintings, both titled ‘Ame et Esclave’, presenting 9 ropes unraveled down to the last string. The moment of breaking and the loss of the rope’s original strength has been captured and multiplied to create an abstracted image of tension and fragility.

These characteristics are symptomatic of Basualdo’s entire oeuvre.  Dealing with present-day transformations of our environment, and tending towards a contemporary sublime on the verge of an apocalypse, he bases his approach on the Earth's universal and natural cycle. Basualdo confronts us with the amazing black mass of a rock, sometimes precariously balancing on another,  abandons us to the trap of a mysterious watery landscape, puts us in front of objects - a glass of water, a knife, a candle - and mock-natural elements which move of their own accord. These sculptures encompass the space, its dramatic configuration and an uncertain suspended time-frame in between states of existence, placing the spectator in a space that creates an expectation, a sense of unease or pure bewilderment. Experiencing his works is a voyage into the unexpected and also an open invitation to question the limits of art.

"Untitled (after fontana), 2012"Split Knife/Infinito", 2012, Plinth, metal, wood; "Untitled (after fontana), 2012,Black aluminum, wood, frame; "Damage is Done", 2011, Painted aluminium

Previously exhibited primarily in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay), Eduardo Basualdo's work has recently received international acclaim having been exhibited in Germany, Spain, the United States, and France. Amongst his most notable exhibitions are: El Silencio de las Sirenas at the Lyon Biennale (2011), The Traveling Show, Fundación Jumex, México DF (2010), his solo exhibitions at the Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art, France (2013) and Galeria Luisa Strina, Brazil (2013).

He is currently showing at the Biennale Cuvee in Linz and the Biennale online. Since 2003, Basualdo has also been a member of the collective Provisorio/Permanente, comprised of four Argentinean artists, creating vivid wood work, costumes and video.

Basualdo is represented by Ruth Benzacar Gallery in Argentina, Louisa Strina Gallery in Brasil and PSM Gallery in Berlin.


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