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Jorge Eielson
Jorge Eielson, 1924 — 2006

Jorge Eielson was born in 1924 in Lima, Peru. He participated in four Venice Biennales in his lifetime (1964, 1966, 1972, and 1988), with works from his Quipus series first exhibited at the Biennale in 1964, and was included in Documenta V (1972). While best known as a painter, his body of work included poetry, performance, sculpture, and conceptual projects—including a proposal to NASA to bring one of his sculptures to the moon. In 1978, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for literature. He was an active member of avant-garde communities in his native Peru, Paris, Rome, and New York.

Eielson died in his adopted home of Milan, Italy in 2006. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo de Arte de Lima; the Rockefeller Collection; and the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, among others. A major retrospective of Eielson’s work was presented in 2017 and 2018 at the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru.

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Artworks

Quipus 64B, 1992, Acrylic and folded canvas on canvas
Quipus 65R-1, 1991, Acrylic and folded canvas on board, in two parts
Quipus 83K - 8, 1990, Acrylic and folded canvas on board
Nodo Bianconero, 1990, Knotted fabric
Amazzonia Rotor 7, 1979, Acrylic and folded canvas on board
Quipus 6A, 1978, Felt, acrylic and burlap on wood

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