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Rosemarie Castoro’s pioneering Minimalist work was long overshadowed by that of her male contemporaries but is now receiving greater recognition, with her first major retrospective at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, in 2017, as well as recent shows at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

Castoro’s earliest mature works were a series of squareformat paintings, using ‘Y’ shapes in a tessellated pattern as in Red Pink Green Gray Blue Tan (1964). Influenced by her background in graphic art, these bold, flat forms prompted her ‘to look at the edges, of how the edges intersected space’. Elsewhere, Castoro spoke of them as either figures or feet, and their orchestration across the canvas creates a sense of dynamic movement akin to dance, introducing a visual playfulness that enlivens the geometric rigour of Minimalism.

Castoro’s work will be on view in a survey exhibition at MAMCO, Geneva, from 9 October 2019 – 2 February 2020.