Sonia Gomes, Untitled, 2009. Natural and synthetic fibers and fabrics on metal, 37 x 97 x 23 1/2 in. (94 x 246.4 x 59.7 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by the Latin American Circle 2018.40. © Sonia Gomes. Photo: Allison Chipak

The Exhibition Brings Together Highlights from the Guggenheim Museum’s Growing Collection of Contemporary Art

Exhibition: Sensory Poetics: Collecting Abstraction
Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Location: Tower Level 2
Dates: July 8–October 16, 2022

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Sensory Poetics: Collecting Abstraction, an exhibition of works acquired over the past ten years that highlights the institution’s growing collection of contemporary art. On view for the first time at the Guggenheim from July 8 through October 16, the show’s selection reflects developments in painting, sculpture, and video from the 1960s to today that manifest expressive and embodied gestures through the manipulation of color, form, and material and as a response to the constraints of Minimalism.

The artworks in this exhibition register an appeal to the human hand, whether through the tactility of the materials or the gestural marks that comprise their compositions. Works on view include Virginia Jaramillo’s sensorial Birth of Venus (1975); a sculpture by self-taught artist Sonia Gomes that blurs the boundaries between art and handicraft; Of-Also (2012-2013), a charged “blank slate” by Jessica Dickinson; and paintings by Caroline Kent and Stanley Whitney incorporating dynamic interpretations of colors.

Representing a cross-section of diverse aesthetic approaches, the featured artists—originating from Europe and the Americas—are inspired by organic processes and natural phenomena, pursue paths of liberation through the abstraction of the corporeal form, or engage with other art forms, including jazz music, classical architecture, and poetry. Sensory Poetics reaffirms the Guggenheim’s commitment to document the expansive legacy of abstraction that is at the core of its history.

Sensory Poetics: Collecting Abstraction is organized by Joan Young, Senior Director, Curatorial Affairs.


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Collections Council is gratefully acknowledged for its support of Sensory Poetics: Collecting Abstraction.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was established in 1937 and is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The international constellation of museums includes the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. An architectural icon and “temple of spirit” where radical art and architecture meet, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is now among a group of eight Frank Lloyd Wright structures in the United States recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. To learn more about the museum and the Guggenheim’s activities around the world, visit


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