Manuel Espinosa

Manuel Espinosa

Argentine
b. 1912
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Overview

Line, colour and the optical sensations of movement and light are the primary characteristics of Manuel Espinosa's paintings and works on paper.

Line, colour and the optical sensations of movement and light are the primary characteristics of Manuel Espinosa's paintings and works on paper.

Manuel Espinosa was born in 1912 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and died in 2006.

Espinosa was a leading protagonist in the history of Argentine Modernism. In 1943, Espinosa met Joaquín Torres-García, the founder of Constructive Universalism. This meeting had a profound effect on his approach to painting. Two years later, he co-founded the Asociación Arte Concreto-Invencion with Tomás Maldonado, Alfredo Hlito and Raúl Lozza in Buenos Aires. Harnessing a certain post-war optimism, the group stopped painting from life and instead focused on geometry, abstraction and the primacy of the picture plane as a self-contained entity. 

Espinosa travelled to Europe in the 1950s, forging friendships with members of the ‘Movimento di Arte Concreta', ‘Forma' and ‘De Stijl' movements.  Influenced by these artists, Espinosa embraced the idea that creating variations upon a theme could offer a systematic and precise understanding of a particular form.

Selected Artworks

Manuel Espinosa

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Art Basel Hong Kong Online Viewing Room
Art fairs
18–25 March 2020

Art Basel Hong Kong

Online Viewing Room
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Frieze Masters Manuel Espinosa in Europe
Art fairs
3–6 October 2019

Frieze Masters

Manuel Espinosa in Europe
At Frieze Masters, Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to exhibit a group presentation of post-war geometric abstraction with Argentine artist Manuel Espinosa as its focus. A founding member of the Asociación Arte...
London, E07
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
6–9 December 2018

Art Basel Miami Beach

For Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, Stephen Friedman Gallery (Booth F23) will present a selection of artists including Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Manuel Espinosa, Tom Friedman, Wayne Gonzales, Ilona Keserü, Yinka...
Florida, F23
Frieze New York
Art fairs
3–6 May 2018

Frieze New York

For Frieze New York 2018 Stephen Friedman Gallery presents a selection of works by Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Manuel Espinosa, Wayne Gonzales, Yinka Shonibare MBE, David Shrigley, Kehinde Wiley and Luiz...
New York, A25
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
7–10 December 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach

For Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 Stephen Friedman Gallery will present new work by Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Tom Friedman, Channing Hansen, Jim Hodges, Rivane Neuenschwander, Ged Quinn, Yinka Shonibare MBE,...
Florida, A15, Hall D
Frieze New York
Art fairs
5–8 May 2016

Frieze New York

Stephen Friedman Gallery will be participating in Frieze New York 2016 from Thursday 5 until Sunday 8 May. The preview is on Wednesday 4 May. For this edition, Stephen Friedman Gallery is...
New York, B13
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
3–6 December 2015

Art Basel Miami Beach

Stephen Friedman Gallery is participating in Art Basel Miami Beach. Preview Wednesday 2 December. Exhibiting artists include: Mamma Andersson Juan Araujo Tonico Lemos Auad Stephan Balkenhol Huma Bhabha Melvin Edwards Andreas Eriksson...
Florida, E4, Hall C
SP-Arte
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8–12 April 2015

SP-Arte

Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, Parque do Ibirapuera, Portão 3, São Paulo, Brazil Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to be exhibiting at SP-Arte 2015 with new work by Tonico Lemos Auad; Stephan Balkenhol; Melvin...
São Paulo, Brazil, H04

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