Exposition Art Blog: Gelsen Gas

Gelsen Gas

Angel Sanchez Gas (1933-2015) was popularly known as Gelsen Gas, an alliterative pseudonym. He was a multifaceted and interdisciplinary artist, theater director, film director, film producer, actor, painter, poet, sculptor and inventor, based in Mexico City, Mexico. His career and style are highly diversified and hard to classify.He is most commonly known for his paintings and geometrically constructed artworks. Among his most famous works are the film 'Anticlimax' (1969) featuring Alejandro Jodorowsky, his painting 'Homenaje a Magritte' (1969), an homage to the Belgian surrealist artist René François Ghislain Magritte and his self-portrait 'Autogelsen' (1971).Gas was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His parents were Ángel Sánchez Bellido and Leonor Gas Murillo.The painting Homenaje a Magritte and a collection of Gelsen Gas sculptures are part of a permanent collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno (the Museum of Modern Art) in Mexico City which also includes the work of the artists Frida Kahlo, Olga Costa, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
He also wrote and directed the film Anticlimax (1969) which was the sole movie made in his career but became a cult classic in the 1970s. The film was produced in black-and-white, 80 min. (no subtitles; minimal dialogue).Anticlimax was shown at the Guggenheim Museum's First Comprehensive Survey of Experimental Filmmaking in Mexico in 1999.Wikipedia

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