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LAST CHANCE Elizabeth Wild: Fantasías
Wild creates bold and dynamic compositions made up of cut-up pages of art and lifestyle magazines. In the words of Adam Szymczyk, Artistic Director of documenta 14: “The work emerges as sediment processed through the iconography of cool chic; pretty much anything, from lipstick advertising to the decor of luxury interiors to fashion accessories, can catch Wild’s attention. Hers is a magpie strategy: she collects pieces of world glitz and bling to free them from the commodity system and turn all-too-familiar pictures into new images. Wild’s kaleidoscopic worlds –she terms them Fantasías – exert their own, special allure.”
Born in Austria in 1922, Elizabeth Wild learned to paint in Vienna’s Academy of Art; in 1938 she emigrated with her parents to Buenos Aires, Argentina, fleeing Nazism in Europe, and participated in her first group exhibitions in Buenos Aires and Mar de Plata. In order to make a living, she ventured into textile design and through that met her husband August Wild, a textile industrialist of Swiss nationality. The family moved to Switzerland in the early 1960s, and Wild moved back to Latin America in 1996 to live with her daughter Vivian in the Guatemalan highlands – where both Elisabeth and Vivian have been fully dedicated to their individual artistic practices despite having to deal with hurricanes, narco gangs, and vigilantes.
Above: Elisabeth Wild, Untitled (181), 2018