Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges: The Art of Friendship
In avant-garde circles in Argentina in the 1920s and 30s, the divisions between literature and visual art, mysticism and modernism, utopic impulses and political convictions were not as categorically defined as they are today. A remarkable exhibition at the America’s Society, on view till July 20, traces the collaborative relationship of writer Jorge Luis Borges and mystic-painter Xul Solar. There is a prophetic tone to the exhibition, with its display of Solar’s innocently illustrative watercolor paintings of figures caught in cubist space, next to Dadaist-inspired posters and ephemera related to the experimental poetry journals Proa and Martin Fierro. Highlights of the show include a vividly colorful painting of a map of South America by Borges’s sister, Norah, and Solar’s handmade wooden chess set, reminiscent of a three-dimensional Alfred Jensen painting.
On view until July 20
Xul Solar, Pan ajedrez, ca. 1945. Box with 110 chess figures and two containers; wood painted with oil, metal, 16.9 x 16.1 x 1 inches. Courtesy of Museo Xul Solar, Buenos Aires, Argentina.