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Elena del Rivero

Valencia, Spain. 1949
MOTHER (Installation view)
2018. Travesía Cuatro Guadalajara, Mexico.
Letter from Home 9
2016. Acrylic on soiled, primed linen with stitched canvas loop and a needle. 99 x 74 cm.
For Louis Khan
2017. Acrylic on canvas with stitched handle. 500.38 x 219.09 cm.
Detail view For Louis Khan
2017. Acrylic on canvas with stitched handle. 500.38 x 212.09 cm.
Handkerchief, #1
2017. Fiber reactive dyes on cotton. 43 x 43 cm.
Wound 40
2009. Thread, collage, needle, ink and feather on Kozo Gampy Torinokoshi paper. 91.5 x 64 cm.
Copy
2009. Ink and graphite on copy paper. 27.94 x 43.18 cm.
LTTM-06
2015. Oil on canvas, thread and fabric. 33.5 x 35.5 cm.
Domestic landscape with turmeric #15 #14 #13 #12 #11
2017. Gouache, thread, turmeric on vintage grapher paper. 23.5 x 30 cm.
For Barragán, #1
2017. Oil on Belgian linen with turmeric, and fiberglass handle cover with ceramic. 162.5 x 112 cm
Installation view
Mira una Carta Voladora!
2017. Silver gelatin, flee market frame, feather, thread, needle and found letter(1959). Variable dimensions.
Letter to the Mother
2017. Digital impression in silk. 240 x 99 cm.
Detail view of 'Letter to the Mother'
Letter from Home, red 1
2001-2015. Typewritten text, gouache, and thread on paper. 105.5 x 73 cm
Letter from home 1
2016. Oil on soiled lead primed canvas with stitched canvas loop. 152.4 x 114.3 cm
7EDR070
For Stéphane Mallarmé (detail)
2017. Oil on canvas with initials, painted on both sides, and two stitched handles. 119.38 x 158.16 cm.
For Aby Warburg
2017. Acrylic on linen, painted and dirt on both sides with initials and a stitched handle. 140.34 x 93.98 cm
Letter from Home, Dishcloth 7
2016. Acrylic on soiled primed canvas with switched canvas loop. 97.79 x 73.66 cm.
Letter from Home, Dishcloth 4 y 12
2016. Acrylic on soiled primed canvas with switched canvas loop. 96.52 x 68.58 cm.
K4
2016. Oil on gold leaf with thread and needle. 35.5 x 28 cm.
K1
2016. Oil on gold leaf with thread and needle. 35.5 x 28 cm.
L’Amour Propre, # 79
2005. Torn Japanese Tosa Washi paper, thread, graphite. 41 x 23 cm.
Letter from home In Cerulean
2014. Oil, coffee and dirt on canvas. 87 x 72 cm.
L'Oeil D'Ame
2008. Gold leaf on abaca paper. 198 x 198 cm.
Unfinished Letter to a Young Daughter
1998-99. Gouache, colour ink, pencil, pen on sewn paper. 130 pages. 17,8 x 22,9 cm each one.
Letter from home: Molly is in bed
2015. Oil on lead primed canvas with thread. 15 x 113 cm.
Letter from Home: folded, with dirt, II
2015. Oil on linen and thread, fabric, graphite and needles. 35.5 x 35.5 x 3.5 cm.
Letter to the mother
2015. Oil on linen with raw linen and thread. 35.5 x 35.5 x 3.5 cm
Unfinished Letter to a Young Daughter
1998-99. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Contemporary drawings of the Judith Rothschild Foundation.
Second Censored Letter to The Mother with notes, 50 units (White)
2015. Thread, and graphite on cotton paper with needles. 177 x 228.8 cm.

Elena del Rivero is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on painting and works on paper. She draws inspiration from everyday life and what is at hand. Her projects develop slowly, building visual narratives and are completed with carefully chosen titles that favor the double entendre.

Since the early 90’s Del Rivero’s work has continued to focus on the chores of repairing works that were damaged, intentionally or not, during the process of making them. With a commitment to the act of mending, Del Rivero has completed large-scale installations like [Swi:t] Home (2001), CHANT (2006), and the ongoing series Letter to the Mother started in 1992, among others.

Initial impressions of her work may suggest it to be autobiographical. Veiled in a poetic ambiguity, Elena del Rivero has chosen to never explicitly reveal details of her life’s narrative. Instead, her work acknowledges certain experiences and historical events that she has witnessed.

Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY); Museum of Modern Art(New York, NY); Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT); Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA); National Gallery of Art (Washington DC); Baltimore Art Museum (Baltimore, MD); Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville, ME); Pollock Gallery at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX); Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, AL); Institut Valenciá d’Art Modern (Valencia, Spain) and The Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain), among others.

Major grants and prizes include, Academia Bellas Artes de España in Rome (Prix de Rome 1988), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1991 and 1995), Creative Capital Foundation Grant (2001), The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2001 and 2002), The Rockefeller Foundation Residency at The Bellagio Center, Italy (2005) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2015). Most recently she was awarded a residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA (2017) and the Solomun R. Guggenheim Fellowship (2019).

The artist lives and works in New York since 1991.

 

 

MOTHER (Installation view)
2018. Travesía Cuatro Guadalajara, Mexico.
Letter from Home, red 1
2001-2015. Typewritten text, gouache, and thread on paper. 105.5 x 73 cm
Wound 40
2009. Thread, collage, needle, ink, and feather on Kozo Gampi Torinokoshi peper. 91.5 x 64 cm
Two Dreaming
2017. Ink, collage and thread on abaca. 25.4 x 20.32 cm
Detail view of 'Letter to the Mother'
Letter to the Mother
2017. Digital impression in silk. 240 x 99 cm.
Domestic landscape with turmeric #15 #14 #13 #12 #11
2017. Gouache, thread, turmeric on vintage grapher paper. 23.5 x 30 cm.
Letter from home: Molly is in bed
2015. Oil on lead primed canvas with thread. 15 x 113 cm.
L'Oeil D'Ame
2008. Gold leaf on abaca paper. 198 x 198 cm.
Echo of an Unfinished Letter
1999. Installation view at IVAM Valencia, Spain. Detail. Thread, pencil, ink-jet print and ink drawing on music manuscript, 600 pages. 17,8 x 22,9 cm/each one.
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TRAVESÍA CUATRO AT FRIEZE NY | BOOTH 4D

Travesía Cuatro | Frieze NY | BOOTH 4D
ALEXANDRE ESTRELA, ELENA DEL RIVERO, JORGE MÉNDEZ BLAKE, MATEO LÓPEZ, JOSE DÁVILA, JOHN ISAACS, SARA RAMO
Mayo 3, 2018 – Mayo 6, 2018

 

SPRENGEL MUSEUM, HANNOVER, GERMANY | ELENA DEL RIVERO

Elena del Rivero participates in “Between the Lines.Art in Letters from Niki de Saint Phalle to Joseph Beuys” from 10 May to 27 August 2017, Sprengel Museum Hannover. The exhibition is dedicating itself to the nearly lost medium of letters and postcards. The show features renowned international artists from the latter half of the 20th century whose experimental concepts innovated and expanded the creative and communicative possibilities of the correspondence.

FRIEZE NY 2017 | TRAVESIA CUATRO

Travesía Cuatro participate in Frieze NY, May 4-7. Artists: Elena del Rivero, Gonzalo Lebrija, Jose Dávila, Alexandre Estrela, Milena Muzquiz, Asunción Molinos Gordo and Mateo López.