15. Geta Brătescu: The Leaps of Aesop at Hauser & Wirth
Geta Brătescu: The Leaps of Aesop is the first New York solo exhibit of Romanian artist Geta Brătescu. Her compelling story goes back to her studies at the University of Bucharest and the Academy of Fine Arts (1945-49), where she was expelled from the Academy before completing her degree, being declared ‘of bad origins’ by the Communist Party.
Upon returning to the university in 1969, Brătescu went on to create a series of work throughout the 1970s that would define her artistic career, focusing on the studio as a place to “redefine the self.” She developed her most famous film, Atelierul (The Studio) in 1978, made with Ion Grigorescu. Feeling a connection between literature and art, she found Aesop, Faust and Medea of particular interest for her drawing, photography, filmmaking and performance work. Geta Brătescu, at age 91, currently lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. The exhibition, Geta Brătescu: The Leaps of Aesop, is “devoted to the artist’s pioneering achievements,” and will be on view until December 23, 2017 at Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street.