Haunch of Venison, in association with the Estate of Jesus Rafael Soto, is presenting a major survey exhibition of the Venezuelan artist's work. Soto (1923- 2005) is recognized as one of the most influential and important Latin American artists of the past century. This is the first major exhibition of his work in New York since 1974.
Soto was a sculptor and painter associated with the Kinetic and Op Art movements and his artistic career began when he painted movie posters as a young boy in his native city of Cuidad Bolivar. Soto is known for his "penetrables," or interactive sculptures which consist of square arrays of thin, dangling tubes that viewers can walk through. Soto's art is inseparable from the viewer; it is only complete in the mind of the observer.
A highlight of the current exhibition is his 1955 work Structure Cinétique in which Soto visually investigated the movement of geometric lines. The conjunction of the energy present in the work and the visual effects make his work highly kinetic.
Jesus Rafael Soto, Haunch of Venison, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, between 48th and 49th Street on the 20th floor in New York City, through July 1st.
Jesus Rafael Soto, Aleatoire II (Random II), 1996 paint on wood and metal 79 7/8 x 159 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (203 x 405 x 17 cm.)
Jesus Rafael Soto, Oro y Plata (Gold and Silver), 1969 paint on wood and metal, nylon 57 1/2 x 42 1/8 x 7 in. (146 x 107 x 18 cm.)
Jesus Rafael Soto, Florence, 1959 paint on wood and metal 29 1/2 x 29 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. (75 x 74.5 x 24 cm.)
Jesus Rafael Soto, Cruz Cobalto (Cobalt Cross), 1976 paint on wood and metal 60 5/8 x 60 5/8 in. (154 x 154 cm.)
Jesus Rafael Soto, Bordeaux ou Vibration (Burgundy or Vibration), 1985 paint on wood and metal, nylon 50 3/4 x 40 1/2 x 8 5/8 in. (129 x 103 x 22 cm.)
Jesus Rafael Soto, Carre Interne avec T Noirs (Inner Square with Black T s), 1979 paint on wood and metal 79 7/8 x 79 7/8 in. (203 x 203 cm.)
All images courtesy of Haunch of Venison.