This work belonged to the artist’s wife, Gene Gerzso, from the day it was made. When Gerzso finished the painting Gene said that she loved it and Gerzso said he would give it to her. She declined, saying that she would rather purchase the painting from him, so that there would never be a risk that a collector would come to their home and pressure him into selling it. He could always say it didn’t belong to him, that it belonged to his wife, and it was not his to sell.
In every exhibition it is listed as “Collection of Gene Cady Gerzso, Mexico City.” In the retrospective show that was organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, not only is the work illustrated full page in the catalogue, but there is a photograph on p.110 of the painting hanging in the Gerzsos’ living room, where it remained for over 50 years.
This painting has been widely reproduced and is considered a watershed example of Gerzso’s career. In 1978, the conceptual artist Katya Mandoki recreated this painting in cloth for a video entitled “Aparición: Homage to Gunther Gerzso.” In the video, Mandoki manipulates the cloth to animate the composition. The abstract forms come to life and dance around to music by the prominent avant-garde composer, György Ligeti.
- Acquired from the artist, 1960
- Gene Cady Gerzso, Mexico City (the artist’s wife)
- Estate of the above, 2010
- Luis Cardoza y Aragón, Gunther Gerzso, Mexico, 1972, pl. 4, illus. full page in color
- Octavio Paz and John Golding, Gerzso, Neuchatel, Switzerland, 1983, Pl 13, illus. full page in color
- Rita Eder, Gunther Gerzso, El esplendor de la muralla, Mexico, 1994, illus. full page in color pl. 23 Marie-Pierre Colle, Latin American Artists in their Studios, New York, Hine Editions, 1994, illus. p. 113
- Dore Ashton, Gunther Gerzso, Beverly Hills, CA and Mexico City, 1995, no. 6, p. 40, illus. full page in color p. 41
- Diana C. Du Pont, Gunther Gerzso, Risking the Abstract, Santa Barbara, CA Museum of Art, illus. Pl 60 (full page bleed); also illus. p. 110, photograph of the painting hanging in the artist’s home
- Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Gunther Gerzso, Guia para jovenes, 2003, illus. in color on the cover (this was a printed “guide for children” to the retrospective exhibition, Risking the Abstract)
- Rita Eder, ed. Defying Stability: Artistic Processes in Mexico, 1952-1967, UNAM, 2014, illus. full page in color, p. 211, fig. 150
- Mexico City, Mexico, Gunther Gerzso, Exposición Retrospectiva, August – September 1963, no. 54 in the catalogue
- Mexico City, Mexico, Gunther Gerzso, Carlos Mérida, Rufino Tamayo, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Annual de Invitados, 1978, p. 28, illus.
- Paris, France, FIAC, 1982, Gunther Gerzso Retrospective, 1956 to the Present, no. 5 (joint exhibition organized by Galería de Arte Mexicano and Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art)
- Frankfurt, Germany, Schirn Kunsthalle, Images of Mexico, Dec. 5, 1987 – Feb. 28, 1987; Vienna, Austria, Messepalast, May 17 – Juy 31, 1988; Dallas, TX, Dallas Museum of Art, Aug. 28 – Oct. 30, 1988, no. 67, illus. in color p. 334
- Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gunther Gerzso, Risking the Abstract, July 12 – Oct. 19, 2003; Mexico City, Museo de Arte Moderno, November 12, 2003-Feb. 22, 2004; Chicago, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Mar. 19-June 27, 2004, Pl. 60, illus. full page in color, listed p. 326