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José Gurvich

José Gurvich

José Gurvich was born in Lithuania in 1927.
1932 Settles in Montevideo with his family
1942 He started to study painting at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, his teacher was the Uruguayan painter José Cúneo.
1943 He studied music and violin with the Russian violinist David Julber, there he met Horacio Torres.
1944 Is introduced  to the painter Joaquín Torres García Horacio’s father. His vocation for the visual arts was awakened as a result of this meeting.
1945 Gurvich joined the Taller (Workshop) Torres-García,
1954 He traveled to Europe with fellow TTG artists Manuel Aguiar and Antonio Pezzino. In Europe he met up with HoracioTorres. Together they visited museums in Spain, France, Holland, and Italy.
1955 The Ramot Menasche kibbutz invited Gurvich to paint a mural for the communal dining room. He settled in the kibbutz working as a shepherd.
1956 He returned to Europe visiting Madrid and Amsterdam .In December he returned to Montevideo.
1963 Gurvich Opened a ceramics workshop. There he teaches a group of young artists, like Celeste Núñez, Adolfo Nigro and Ernesto Drangosh among others.
1964 New trip to Europe and Israel, this time with his wife and son. They visit France and then move on to Israel where livee at the Ramot Menasche kibbutz, where Gurvich paints and works again as a shepherd.
1969 Travels to Europe and Israel with his family visiting Madrid, Barcelona, France, and Greece.
1970 Settles in New York.
1974 At 47 dies of a heart attack in New York.
After featuring his work in exhibitions such as the one dedicated to the Torres-García workshop, in 2000 Gurvich joins the group of artists of our gallery.

The José Gurvich Foundation is created in 2001 and it will later become the museum of the same name.

José Gurvich CV

Works in public spaces

1970 Mural, Ramot Menasche Kibbutz, Israel
1963 Mural, Caja de Compensaciones de la Coop. del Frigorífico del Cerro, Montevideo
1962 Gesso relief, Edificio El Malecón, Montevideo
1961 Mural at Sarmiento Street, commissioned by the architect San Vicente, Montevideo.
1955 Mural at the  Comunal room, Kibbutz Ramot Mensache, Israel.
1952 Mural at El Temerario bar (destroyed), Montevideo.
1944 Mural at the hospital  Sant Bois  with Torres-García and the TTG students.


Selected Solo Exhibitions
José Gurvich Sala Dalmau gallery, Barcelona.
José Gurvich. Itinerant: Galería Al Sur, Montevideo. Uruguay Embassy in Washington DC. PINTA, Miami.
Gurvich y las Artes Escénicas. Auditorio Nacional, Adela Reta. SODRE. Montevideo.
Gurvich y el Cerro. Museo Gurvich, Montevideo.
Gurvich, Creative happiness. Galería Misiones, José Ignacio, Uruguay.
José Gurvich – Papeles. Galeria Palatina, Buenos Aires.
Gurvich, cruzando fronteras. Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires.
Gurvich Abstrait Woks (1946-1973). Galeria Cecilia de Torres, New York.
Gurvich Creative happiness. Sammer gallery, Miami.
Los mundos fantásticos de José Gurvich. Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo.
Gurvich y el Cerro. Museo Solari, Fray Bentos, Uruguay.
Gurvich en colecciones privadas. Museo Gurvich, Montevideo.
Obras inconclusas. Museo Gurvich, Montevideo.
Gurvich. Galería Sur, Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Los mundos fantásticos de José Gurvich. Fundación Atchigarry Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Galería Palatina, Buenos Aires.
José Gurvich: Cancion de la pintura, Galeria Oscar Prato, Montevideo
The fantastic world of José Gurvich, Frost Art Museum, Florida
Los universos judios de José Gurvich,Museo Gurvich, Montevideo
Con Anhelo. Homenaje a Anhelo Hernandez, Museo Gurvich, Montevideo
Naturalezas Muertas de Jose Gurvich, Museo Gurvich, Montevideo
José Gurvich Constructive Imagination, Americas Society, New York
José Gurvich, Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago de Chile
José Gurvich Murales, Esculturas y Objetos, Municipal Exhibits Center, Montevideo
José Gurvich, Torres-García Museum, Montevideo
José Gurvich,Sala Dalmau, Barcelona – Galeria Guillermo de Osma, Madrid.
José Gurvich, Cecilia de Torre Art Gallery, New York
A Song to Life - José Gurvich: Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California
Skirball Cultural Center, L.A., California
Memorial de America Latina, São Paulo, Brazil
Museo J.L. Cuevas, México D.F.
José Gurvich, Galería Palatina, Buenos Aires
José Gurvich – Dibujos: Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires
Fundación Buquebus, Montevideo, Uruguay
 Museo de Bellas Artes, Montevideo
José Gurvich, Un canto a la vida, Galería de la Matriz, Punta del Este, Uruguay
José Gurvich - Homage, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd., New York
Galería Sur, Punta del Este, Uruguay
José Gurvich Homage Retrospective, Haifa University, Israel
Lerner-Misrachi Gallery, New York
Negev en Bersheva Museum, Israel
Couturier Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut
Comisión Nacional de Bellas Artes, Montevideo
Galería Americana, Montevideo
Amigos del Arte, Montevideo
Galería Arte Bella, Montevideo
Katz-Idan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Galeria San Marco, Rome
Selected group exhibitions
El Taller Torres-García, Sala Dalmau, Barcelona.
North Looks South: Building a Latin American Art Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas
Constructivism in Relief: Taller Torres García, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas
Forma, Linea, Gesto, Escritura: Aspectos del dibujo en America del Sur, MuVIM, Valencia, Spain
Murales TTG, Museo Gurvich, Montevideo
Line-Plane-Volume/Sculpture: 1940-2006, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd., New York
Works On & Of Paper, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd., New York
Modernism in Montevideo and Buenos Aires, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas
The School of the South: Taller Torres-Garcia, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas
Entremundos: Jewish Artists of Latin America, Singer Gallery, Mizel Center, Denver
Latin American Still Life: Reflections of Time and Space, El Museo del Barrio, New York
Claves del Arte Latinoamericano, Colección Constantini, La Caixa Foundation, Madrid
Latin American Still Life: Reflections of Time and Space, Katonah Museum, New York
El Taller Torres-García, Sala Dalmau, Barcelona.
First Bienal del Mercosur, Porto Alegre, Brazil
La Escuela del Sur, Museo Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
Torres-García y 10 Artistas del Taller, Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina
El espiritu de la Pintura Latinaoamericana, Associated American Artists, New York
The Still Life, Cecilia de Torres Art Gallery, New York
Le Cercle de Torres-García, Zabriskie Gallery, Paris
Constructive Universalism-School of the South, Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.
Museo del Banco Central, San José, Costa Rica
Taller Torres-García, Praxis Gallery, New York
65 Years of Constructivist Wood, Cecilia de Torres Art Gallery, New York
Torres-García y la Escuela del Sur, Quinta Galeria, Bogotá, Colombia
El Taller Torres-García: The School of the South, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery,
Austin,Texas; Museo de Monterrey & Museo Rufino, Tamayo, Mexico; The Bronx Museum, New York
Chagall to Kitaj, Jewish experience in 20th Century Art, Barbican Gallery, London
Arte Contemporáneo Uruguayo, Tetriakov Gallery, Moscow
Arte del Uruguay nel Novecento, Instituto Italo-Latinoamericano, Roma
Galería Fauna, Madrid
Temple Israel, Great Neck, New York
Fería de la opinion latinoamericana, San Clemente Church, New York
Selected Works from Latin America, Stamford Museum, Connecticut
One Hundred Years of Uruguayan Paintings, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Art and Space, University of Chile, Santiago
Jonges Schilder uit Uruguay, Stedelljk Musuem, Amsterdam
TTG exhibitions in Uruguay, Argentina, France, Italy, United States