Guillermo Kuitca

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Born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lives, Guillermo Kuitca is one of Latin America’s leading contemporary artists. Inspired by the worlds of architecture, theater and cartography, his work has transcended geographical boundaries and has been exhibited extensively around the world.

In 1989 Kuitca began to receive significant international attention when he represented Argentina in the XVIII São Paulo Biennal. In 1991 he was selected for a “Projects” show at The Museum of Modern Art in New York which traveled to the Newport Harbor Art Museum in California, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. Kuitca’s 1992 installation of painted maps-on-mattresses at Documenta IX was also a breakthrough on the international forum. Kuitca’s early shows include a solo exhibition at the Instituto de Arte Moderno (IVAM) in Valencia, Spain (1993), and a survey at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, which traveled to the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London (1994-1995). In 2000 he exhibited at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. In 2003 the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid presented a retrospective of Kuitca’s works covering the period 1983-2003, which traveled to the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires (MALBA). In 2006, the Daros Latinamerica Foundation, Zurich, presented “Das Lied von der Erde”, a survey of Kuitca paintings and drawings. In 2007 Kuitca represented Argentina at the Venice Biennale at the Ateneo Veneto and was also included in the overall Biennale exhibition curated by Robert Storr, “Think with the Senses-Feel with the Mind, Art in the Present Tense.” The Miami Art Museum premiered a comprehensive retrospective, “Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008,” which traveled to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. (2009-2011). In 2013, the Drawing Center presented Guillermo Kuitca: Diarios, which traveled to the Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2012-2013). In July 2014, the major retrospective “Guillermo Kuitca: Philosophy for Princesses” opened at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the most important regional museum in Brazil. Consisting of nearly 50 works from 1980 to 2013, this exhibition included his largest installation to date, Le Sacre (1992), a celebrated work featuring 54 beds and newly acquired by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Kuitca had his first solo exhibition at Sperone Westwater gallery in 1993, where he continues to exhibit regularly (1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2010, and 2014).

Kuitca’s work is in museum collections worldwide, including The Art Institute of Chicago; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Dallas Museum of Art; Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zurich; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; MALBA – Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 2014
graphite on canvas
77 ½ x 54 7/8 inches (197 x 139,5 cm)
78 1/2 x 57 x 2 3/4 inches (199 x 144,8 x 7 cm) frame
SW 14048

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 2013
collage on paper
102 3/8 x 86 ¼ inches (260 x 219 cm)
106 x 89 1/2 x 3 inches (269 x 227 x 7,5 cm) frame
SW 14050

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 2013
oil on canvas
17 ¾ x 21 5/8 inches (45 x 55 cm)
18 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 2 inches (47 x 57 x 5 cm) frame
SW 14051

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Guillermo Kuitca
Desesperación y aislamiento, 2012
oil on canvas
77 1/8 x 76 5/8 inches (196 x 194,5 cm)
79 x 78 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches (200,6 x 200 x 7 cm) frame
SW 14046

Private Collection

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Guillermo Kuitca
Philosophy for Princes II, 2009
oil on linen
77 1/2 x 65 inches (197 x 165 cm)
80 x 67 1/2 inches (203 x 171,5 cm) frame
SW 10070

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 2008
oil on linen
76 1/2 x 64 1/4 inches (194 x 163 cm)
78 3/4 x 66 1/2 x 3 inches (200 x 168,9 x 7,6 cm) frame
SW 10073
Collection of Marilyn and Larry Fields, Chicago

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 2008
oil on linen
77 1/2 x 148 3/4 inches (197 x 378 cm)
80 x 151 3/4 inches (203,2 x 385,4 cm) frame
SW 10078

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 2009
oil on linen
76 3/4 x 150 1/4 inches (195 x 382 cm)
79 1/4 x 152 3/4 inches (201,3 x 388 cm) frame
SW 10076
The Rachofsky Collection

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled (Nocturno), 2010
oil on linen
44 3/8 x 37 inches (112,7 x 94 cm)
46 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches (118 x 100 cm) frame
SW 11153

Private Collection

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 2009
oil on linen
19 3/4 x 35 1/2 inches (50 x 90 cm)
20 1/2 x 36 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (52,1 x 92,1 x 4 cm) frame
SW 10086

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 2010
mixed media on paper
17 x 11 inches (43,2 x 27,9 cm) sheet
23 1/8 x 17 3/8 inches (58,7 x 44 cm) frame
SW 10144

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Guillermo Kuitca
32 Seating Plans, 2007
mixed media on paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches (27,9 x 21,6 cm) each
16 5/8 x 14 1/8 inches (42,2 x 35,9 cm) frame
SW 07291.1-32
Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, by exchange, 2008

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Guillermo Kuitca
Everything, 2004
mixed media on canvas
120 x 65 inches (305 x 165 cm)
SW 05391
Collection of The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Guillermo Kuitca
Everything, 2005
mixed media on canvas
120 1/4 x 65 inches (305,4 x 165,1 cm)
SW 07226
Private Collection

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Guillermo Kuitca
Everything, 2004
mixed media on canvas
4 parts: 120 x 65 inches (305 x 165 cm) each
120 x 260 inches (305 x 660,4 cm) overall
SW 05039
Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Gift of Marjorie and Irving Weiser and the T.B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2011

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Guillermo Kuitca
Acoustic Mass I (Covent Garden), 2005
mixed media on paper
71 x 71 inches (180,3 x 180,3 cm) sheet
74 1/4 x 74 1/4 inches (188,6 x 188,6 cm) frame
SW 05536

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Guillermo Kuitca
Acoustic Mass III (Covent Garden), 2005
mixed media on paper
71 x 71 inches (180,3 x 180,3 cm) sheet
74 1/4 x 74 1/4 inches (188,6 x 188,6 cm) frame
SW 05538

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Guillermo Kuitca
Acoustic Mass IV (Covent Garden), 2005
mixed media on paper
71 x 71 inches (180,3 x 180,3 cm) sheet
74 1/4 x 74 1/4 inches (188,6 x 188,6 cm) frame
SW 05539

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Guillermo Kuitca
New Opera House, Oslo, 2005
mixed media on paper
58 1/4 x 59 inches (148 x 149,9 cm) sheet
61 x 61 1/4 inches (154,9 x 155,6 cm) frame
SW 05395

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Guillermo Kuitca
Carnegie Hall, 2004
mixed media on paper
58 5/8 x 58 5/8 inches (149 x 149 cm) sheet
62 5/8 x 62 5/8 inches (159,2 x 159,2 cm) frame
SW 05030

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Guillermo Kuitca
Avery Fisher Hall, 2004
mixed media on paper
58 5/8 x 58 5/8 inches (149 x 149 cm) sheet
62 5/8 x 62 5/8 inches (159,2 x 159,2 cm) frame
SW 05029

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Guillermo Kuitca
The Ring, 2002
oil and colored pencil on linen
5 panels: 77 1/8 x 322 3/8 inches (195,9 x 818,8 cm) overall
SW 02437
Private Collection

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Guillermo Kuitca
Nocturnes (Confessional Booths), 2002
oil and colored pencil on linen
76 3/4  x 76 1/4 inches (195,6 x 194,3 cm)
SW 02426
The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, courtesy of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami

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Guillermo Kuitca
Nocturnes (Congressional Seats), 2002
oil and colored pencil on linen
77 3/8 x 77 3/8 inches (196,5 x 196,5 cm)
SW 02425

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Guillermo Kuitca
Trauerspiel, 2001
oil on canvas
77 1/8 x 133 3/8 inches (195,6 x 338,5 cm)
SW 01143
Collection of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
Smithsonian Institution
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2003

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Guillermo Kuitca
Trauerspiel, 2000
oil on canvas
77 x 127 3/4 inches (195,6 x 324,5 cm)
SW 01038
Collection of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

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Guillermo Kuitca
Oblivion, 2006
oil on canvas
76 3/4 x 85 1/4 inches (195 x 216,5 cm)
SW 07224

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Guillermo Kuitca
L'Encyclopedie (Marble Flooring Plan of a Salon in the Palace of the Marquis de Spinola, Paris) I, 1999
mixed media on linen
77 1/2 x 61 1/2 inches (196,9 x 156,2 cm)
SW 00043
Collection of Bard College

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled  (Marble flooring plan of the sanctuary and part of the choir of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris), 1999
graphite and ink on linen
77 1/2 x 63 3/8 inches (196,9 x 161 cm)
80 x 65 3/4 inches (203,2 x 167 cm) frame
SW 06530

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Guillermo Kuitca
L'Encyclopedie (Marble Flooring Plan of Rooms Under the Dome des Invalides, Paris), 1999
mixed media on linen
77 1/2 x 63 inches (196,9 x 160 cm)
SW 00046
Collection of The Minneapolis Museum of Art

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Guillermo Kuitca
"Mozart - da Ponte" I, 1995
mixed media on canvas
71 x 92 1/8 inches (180,3 x 233,8 cm)
SW 95191
Collection of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, 1995.

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 1995
mixed media on canvas
71 x 92 inches (180,3 x 233,7 cm)
SW 95188
Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Carlos de la Cruz

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 1995
chalk and acrylic on canvas
71 x 92 inches (180,3 x 233,7 cm)
SW 95189
Collection of The Art Institute of Chicago

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Guillermo Kuitca
Corona de espinas (Kindertotenlieder), 1994
oil and acrylic on canvas
94 1/2 x 74 3/4 inches (240 x 189,2 cm)
SW 99288
The Cleveland Museum of Art. © Guillermo Kuitca, Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York.

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 1993
mixed media on canvas
75 x 75 inches (190,5 x 190,5 cm)
SW 93058
Private Collection

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Guillermo Kuitca
People on Fire, 1993
mixed media on canvas
76 x 110 inches (193 x 279,4 cm)
SW 93059
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, Purchased with funds from various donors, by exchange

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 1998
oil on canvas
79 x 93 inches (200,7 x 236,2 cm)
SW 99071
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: museum purchase with the Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Acquisition Fund, 1999

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 1996
oil and acrylic on canvas
76 x 92 inches (193 x 233,7 cm)
SW 97063
Collection Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 1994
acrylic on canvas
78 1/2 x 74 1/2 inches (199 x 189 cm)
SW 94225
Pizzuti Collection

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Guillermo Kuitca
Poema Pedagogico II, 1996
acrylic and graphite on canvas
74 x 75 inches (188 x 190,5 cm)
SW 97051
Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Gustavo A. Cisneros

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Guillermo Kuitca
The Tablada Suite I, 1991
graphite and acrylic on canvas
94 1/8 x 74 3/4 inches (239 x 190 cm)
SW 94210
Collection of Milwaukee Art Museum

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Guillermo Kuitca
The Tablada Suite IV, 1992
graphite and acrylic on canvas
76 1/2 x 49 1/4 inches (194 x 125 cm)
SW 94213
Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Steven Mishaan

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 1992
acrylic on mattress with wood and bronze legs.
20 beds; 15 3/4 x 23 5/8 x 47 1/4 inches (40 x 60 x 120 cm) each
SW 94257 (1-20)
Collection of The Tate, London, England

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Guillermo Kuitca
Celestial Cushion, 1991
oil on mattress
94 1/2 in diameter x 4 inches deep (240 x 10 cm)
SW 11417

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Guillermo Kuitca
The River, 1992
mixed media on canvas; diptych
70 x 7 1/2 inches (177,8 x 19 cm) each panel
70 x 15 1/2 inches (177,8 x 39 cm) overall
SW 10015

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 1991
acrylic on canvas
111 x 146 3/4 inches (282 x 373 cm)
SW 94224
Collection of Fundación "La Caixa," Barcelona, Spain

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Guillermo Kuitca
Afghanistan, 1990
acyrlic on wood
67 x 118 inches (170 x 300 cm)
Collection of Daros-Latinamerica

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 1990
acrylic on canvas
76 x 117 3/8 inches (193 x 298,2 cm)
SW 92591

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Guillermo Kuitca
Gran corona de espinas, 1989
acrylic on canvas
117 x 78 1/2 inches (297,2 x 199,4 cm)
SW 98125

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Guillermo Kuitca
Untitled, 1989
oil on vinyl covered mattress (3 parts)
86 5/8 x 55 1/8 inches (220 x 140 cm) each
86 5/8 x 165 3/8 inches (220 x 420 cm) overall
SW 95106
Collection of Bruce and Diane Halle

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Guillermo Kuitca
Sensa Titolo, 1987
acrylic on canvas
48 3/8 x 56 1/8 inches (122,8 x 142,5 cm)
50 1/4 x 58 inches (127,6 x 147,3 cm) frame
SW 04299
Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Weiser

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Guillermo Kuitca
El mar dulce, 1986
acrylic on canvas
78 3/4 x 118 inches (200 x 300 cm)
Collection of Ambassador & Mrs. Paul Cejas

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Guillermo Kuitca
Blau Bart (Bluebeard), 1985
oil on canvas
57 5/8 x 75 1/4 inches (146,3 x 191,1 cm)
SW 13262

Artist exhibitions

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Pictography
29 June - 4 August 2017
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Territories
29 June - 4 August 2017
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Signs/Words
15 January - 11 April 2015
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Summer Sculpture
8 July - 15 August 2014
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Guillermo Kuitca
This Way
24 April - 28 June 2014
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Signs/Words
24 May 2013 - 13 July 2013
Sperone Westwater, Lugano
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Untitled (Giotto's O)
30 November 2012 - 15 February 2013
Sperone Westwater, Lugano
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Guillermo Kuitca
Paintings 2008-2010 & Le Sacre 1992
22 September - 6 November 2010
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Summer Exhibition
8 July - 5 September 2008
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Guillermo Kuitca
Acoustic Mass
3 November - 17 December 2005
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Lines of Engagement
Alighiero Boetti, Wim Delvoye, Guillermo Kuitca, Richard Tuttle, and William Wegman
1 June - 1 July 2003
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Guillermo Kuitca
The Ring
1 November 2002 - 15 December 2002
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Guillermo Kuitca
Castle to Castle
30 April - 12 June 1999
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Guillermo Kuitca
Poema Pedagogico
3 May - 7 June 1997
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Guillermo Kuitca
Puro Teatro
28 October - 22 December 1995
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Guillermo Kuitca
The Tablada Suite (1991-1993)
30 April - 11 June 1994
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Guillermo Kuitca
1 May - 12 June 1993
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Greg Colson, Guillermo Kuitca, William Wegman
7 November – 31 December 1992
Sperone Westwater, New York

Artist press

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Guillermo Kuitca On His Immersive, David Lynch-Inspired Installation at the Fondation Cartier
Interview by Tess Thackara
10 December 2014
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Breaking the canvas to invade the space
by George Nelson
25 August 2014
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Lookout: Guillermo Kuitca at Sperone Westwater
June 2014
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Guillermo Kuitca's Room with a Point of View
By Meghan Dailey
28 April 2014
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Guillermo Kuitca Knows The Way
By Rachel Small
25 April 2014
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