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Loie Hollowell, Harold Ancart, and Rosa Lee also found representation at new galleries this month.

Virginia Jaramillo,  Mexican-American Minimalist, Joins Pace Gallery

Virginia Jaramillo in her studio in front of Quanta (2021). Courtesy Virginia Jaramillo, Hales Gallery, and Pace Gallery. Photo: JSP Art Photography.

Pace Gallery yesterday announced its representation of Mexican-American painter Virginia Jaramillo, best known for her abstractions that imbue minimalist painting with an emotional and contemplative resonance.

Pace CEO Mark Glimcher said, 'Virginia's explorations of space, depth, and materiality produce mesmeric effects, drawing us into the illimitable realms of her chromatically rich, dynamic canvases.'

Of Mexican descent, Virginia Jaramillo was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1939. She was raised in Los Angeles where she studied at Manual Arts High School and the Otis Art Institute. Her early large abstractions were shown at Los Angeles County Museum of Art's annual exhibition series in 1959 and 1961.

Jaramillo found acclaim in New York's SOHO art scene in the late 1960s with solid fields of vivid colour crossed by thin curving lines. Her work was selected for the DeLuxe Show (1971) in Houston — one of the first racially integrated art exhibitions in the United States — and the 1972 Whitney Annual.

Virginia Jaramillo, Untitled (1971). Acrylic on canvas. 213.5 x 183 cm.

Virginia Jaramillo, Untitled (1971). Acrylic on canvas. 213.5 x 183 cm. Courtesy Virginia Jaramillo, Hales Gallery, and Pace Gallery. Photo: Frank Oudeman.

After making stained paintings, in which she thinned paints to encourage the colours to bleed, in the 1970s Jaramillo quit painting on canvas altogether in favour of exploring new material possibilities for geometric abstraction. It was only in 2017 that Jaramillo returned to the canvas.

Her 21st-century paintings bring that same crispness of line and colour in her 1960s paintings to bear on contemplations of science, history, place, and classical and sacred geometries.

Marking the recent resurgence of interest in her work, Virginia Jaramillo held her first solo museum show at Houston's Menil Collection in 2020. The following year, she exhibited new paintings including the 12-foot-wide works, Quantum Entanglement (2019–2020) and Quanta (2021), at a solo show with the Parish Art Museum in New York.

Jaramillo's first museum retrospective will be held next year at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City.

Jaramillo will debut with Pace at Frieze Seoul in September, and have her first solo show with the gallery in Los Angeles in May 2023.

'We look forward to sharing both her recent and historic works with new audiences around the world,' Glimcher said.

In another move for a trailblazing female painter, it was announced this month that Richard Saltoun Gallery will represent the estate of Hong Kong born feminist artist and art theorist Rosa Lee. In the 1980s and 1990s, Lee defied conventional abstraction in the U.K., combining Western and Asian influences in a form of decorative abstraction that disrupts hierarchies of fine arts and craft.

Jessica Silverman gallery also announced it will co-represent sought after American abstract painter Loie Hollowell in partnership with Pace.

Belgium-born American artist Harold Ancart, who departed David Zwirner in March, leapt to another mega gallery this month, signing on with Gagosian.

Other artists joining new galleries in July include: 2005 Turner Prize nominee, Gillian Carnegie who is now represented in the United States by Gladstone Gallery; painter and fashion designer Alex Foxton, now represented by Various Small Fires; and up-and-coming American artist Chase Hall, now represented in the United States by David Kordansky in partnership with Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Europe. —[O]

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