Resonant Space The Colorhythms of Alejandro Otero
Resonant Space
The Colorhythms of Alejandro Otero
Editor Rina Carvajal
Text by Kaira Cabañas, Juan Carlos Ledezma, and Nadja Rottner
  • Imprint: 5 Continents Editions
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2014
  • Price: $50.00
  • Trim Size: 8 12 x 10 12
  • ISBN: 88-7439-665-1
  • EAN: 9788874396658
  • Page Count: 224
  • Illustrations: 86 color illustrations
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: US & Canada

TThe Venezuelan painter and sculptor Alejandro Otero (1921–1990) was one of the most significant artists in the history of abstraction. Between 1955 and 1960, he developed an extraordinary series of 75 paintings called Coloritmos (Colorhythms), one of his major contributions to the field of painting. Painted with Duco, a shiny industrial lacquer applied with a spray gun or roller, the Colorhythms are large-scale compositional modules executed on rectangular support structures. In these works, Otero succeeded in emphasizing rhythm and color over form; as a consequence of optical intensity, chromatic vibration, and the suggestion of rhythmic movement, the pictures seem to expand dynamically outward. This illuminating book, the first dedicated to Colorhythms, evaluates their place in Otero's practice and in the context of international geometric abstraction.

About the author

Rina Carvajal is an independent curator and critic based in Miami who is presently a guest curator for the Instituto de Arte Contemporânea (IAC) in São Paulo and the Instituto Moreira Salles in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.