A Brief History of Tasende Gallery
In 1966 Jose Tasende opened Galeria Tasende in Acapulco, Mexico,
and immediately began working with the artist Jose Luis Cuevas.
In 1979 Tasende moved the gallery to the United States and opened
Tasende Gallery in La Jolla, California expanding the gallery’s
offerings to include Giacomo Manzù, Marino Marini, Matta, Henry
Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Isamu Noguchi and Mark di Suvero. The gallery’s
inaugural exhibition by Giacomo Manzù was first presented at
the Phoenix Art Museum, San Diego Museum of Art and the Blanden
Memorial Art Gallery.
In the late 1970’s the gallery began working directly with Henry Moore and his foundation acquiring prominent large-scale works for public and private collections. For its first Henry Moore exhibit of sculpture and drawings in 1982, Tasende installed monumental works by the artist in the dramatic spaces of the Salk Institute and the La Jolla Cove in addition to the gallery exhibition.
The Musée Rodin
A relationship with the Musée Rodin, Paris
developed in the early 1980’s.
This collaboration allowed Tasende
Gallery the honor and pleasure to mount several exhibitions of
posthumous bronzes by Auguste Rodin through 2000.
The works on
exhibit in Tasende Gallery were cast from the museum’s original
plasters donated by the artist to the French Republic in 1916.
These bronze casts were produced in a specified limited edition,
some designated for museums and others for private collections.
Rodin himself had not seen all of these sculptures cast in bronze.
In 1984 Tasende Gallery became the sole U.S. representative of Eduardo Chillida’s work, and in 1986 introduced the artist in America with the largest Chillida exhibition ever presented in a commercial gallery. Chillida, a film by Laurence Bolting, co-produced and distributed by the gallery, was widely broadcast on PBS. A monograph on Chillida with essays by Peter Selz and James Johnson Sweeney was co-published with Abrams.
Working with I.M. Pei and the artist, Tasende helped coordinate the installation of the monumental sculpture of Chillida’s De Musica for The Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas.
A symposium entitled Chillida, Homage to Man and Nature was organized in collaboration with the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, Harry N. Abrams, New York and Tasende Gallery in October of 1986. Panelists included Thomas Messer, Director Emeritus of The Solomon Guggenheim Museum; Leon Arkus, Director Emeritus of the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute; Olga Hirshhorn, collector and co-founder of The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Eduardo Chillida.
Organizing traveling exhibitions for its artists has always been a main occupation at Tasende Gallery. A few of the larger touring shows include Jose Luis Cuevas’ Intolerance and Andres Nagel’s An Irreverent Approach.
After reading the book Basque Witchcraft and The Spanish Inquisition by Gustav Hennigsen, Tasende immediately forwarded a copy to Cuevas. This book inspired the artist to create a series of large format drawings on the subject of intolerance in a very short period of time. This exhibition of 50 drawings opened at UCLA’s Frederick S. Wight Gallery and eventually traveled to 12 other museum venues in the United States; Canada; Mexico, the Basque Country, Belgium, Finland, Greece and Austria.
The An Irreverent Approach exhibition by Andres Nagel, a young artist from San Sebastian, was organized for 1990 to expose the artist’s work to the American public. The exhibit featured 19 large three-dimensional sculptures with mixed media and oil on polyester and fiberglass. The exhibition opened at the Meadows Museum in Dallas before traveling for three years to seven institutions in the U.S. and Mexico.
Despite the inevitable controversy associated with placing sculpture in public settings, throughout its history Tasende Gallery has placed on loan large-scale sculpture to institutions, cities and special projects. Our longest and most enthusiastic collaborator has been Barbara Cole of John Cole’s Book Shop located two doors from the gallery on Prospect Street in La Jolla. For twenty-five years she made her lawn a welcome destination
for sculptures by Henry Moore, Giacomo Manzù, Niki de Saint Phalle, Andres Nagel and others. For the gallery’s 10th anniversary celebration, nine sculptures were installed along Prospect Street in La Jolla including works by Noguchi,
Moore, Chillida, Manzù and di Suvero. Tasende Gallery has collaborated on public sculpture projects with the Salk Institute, City of San Diego, the City of Beverly Hills, Chicago’s Mile of Sculpture, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and The Timken Museum of Art.
Tasende Gallery’s New Space
The West Hollywood gallery was designed by Jose Tasende and opened in March of 1997 with an exhibition by Eduardo Chillida.
This space facilitated the growth of the exhibition program to include more
modern and contemporary painters and sculptors, especially those working on a larger scale. Exhibitions include Lee Krasner,
Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Pousette-Dart, Wayne Thiebaud, Kenneth Noland,
Keith Haring, Markus Lüpertz and Fernando Botero. In addition, Tasende
Gallery has developed exhibits focusing on emerging artists, video and