Modern Art Monday Presents: Tablon de Pampatar (Pampatar Board) By Alejandro Otero

Pampatar Board By Alejandro Otero Photo By Gail Worley
Photos By Gail

Pampatar Board (1954) heralds the arrival of Colorythms, a series of paintings that, to Venezuelan artist Alejandro Otero (19211991) are “imbued with the constructive meaning given to me by an intimate and passionate contact with architectural rhythm and space.” In the 1950s, Otero worked with architects on several new public projects to modernize Caracas, often contributing his original murals.

Pampatar Board By Alejandro Otero Photo By Gail Worley

This work’s monumental verticality reflects the artist’s interest in modern architecture, while the composition’s rhythmic arrangement of vivid colors, obtained from industrial paints traditionally used on automobiles, conveys the dynamism of modern urban life that inspired Otero.

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

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