Virginia Jaramillo

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

May 13 – Jun 24, 2023
Los Angeles
Exhibition Details:

Virginia Jaramillo
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
May 13 – Jun 24, 2023


1201 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles


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Above: Installation view, Virginia Jaramillo: East of the Sun, West of the Moon, May 13-June 24, 2023, Pace Gallery, Los Angeles © Virginia Jaramillo

Pace is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Virginia Jaramillo at its Los Angeles gallery from May 13 to June 24.

This will be the artist’s first show with Pace since she joined the gallery’s program in 2022 and her first-ever solo exhibition in LA. Titled East of the Sun, West of the Moon, the presentation will spotlight nine new paintings—all deeply related to Jaramillo’s past bodies of work—in which the artist examines ancient mythologies and civilizations.

Throughout her six-decade career, Jaramillo has explored the visual and imaginative possibilities of geometric abstraction. The artist’s work is guided by her deeply philosophical approach to art making, and her methodological process often involves meditations on history, science fiction, scientific theory, and other subjects. She transforms exacting sketches into transcendent paintings, using a language of abstraction to explore relationships between physical, temporal, and spiritual phenomena.

Born in El Paso, Texas in 1939, Jaramillo, a Mexican American artist, has been cultivating her practice since her childhood in Los Angeles, where she attended Manual Arts High School—artists Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston are also alumni of that institution—and studied at the Otis Art Institute from 1958 to 1961. Jaramillo’s visits to designer Charles Eames’s studio during her high school years would remain an enduring source of inspiration for her own work throughout her career. Among the earliest milestones of her career was her inclusion in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Annual exhibition series in 1959 and 1961. Influenced by abstract expressionist paintings and modernist design, Jaramillo would continue to pursue explorations of form and function over the course of her career.

Jaramillo first garnered wide acclaim for her curvilinear paintings, her most famous body of work, which she began creating in the late 1960s following her move from Los Angeles to New York—after a year living in Paris—and continued producing into the 1970s. For these and later works, the artist drew inspiration from her high school visits to designer Charles Eames’s studio as well as the Japanese concept of Ma, which centers on the resonance and significance of negative space. Her curvilinear works were included in the storied 1971 De Luxe Show in Houston, which was among the first racially integrated exhibitions in the United States—Jaramillo was the only woman included in that show—and the 1972 Whitney Annual at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Notably, the Whitney recently added a 1967 curvilinear painting by Jaramillo to its permanent collection.

The new paintings in Jaramillo’s upcoming exhibition with Pace in LA build on her longstanding experimentations with materiality through various media, textures, pigments, and technical processes. These works also reflect her continued investigations into the sensorial effects of color and line.

With East of the Sun / Deep Field (2022)—one of the works included in the upcoming show in LA—Jaramillo elaborates on the visual language of her iconic curvilinear paintings, which feature elegantly contoured lines that diverge and intersect against vast, monochromatic color fields. In this painting, the artist situates her linear abstractions amid a deep blue background rich in textural nuance.

Also included in the exhibition is the large-scale work To Touch the Earth (2023), in which linear forms traverse three distinct fields rendered in metallic hues. Here, Jaramillo’s abstractions coalesce in a dynamic, symmetrical composition. The painting Meta (2023) is a study in balance and structure, with two delicate lines floating parallel to one another amid four square elements.

During the run of Jaramillo’s solo show at Pace in LA, the artist will open her first major museum retrospective at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, on view from June 1 to August 26. Titled Principle of Equivalence, this exhibition will bring together 73 paintings and handmade paper works created by the artist over the course of nearly 70 years. Yale University Press will publish a full-color catalogue in conjunction with the retrospective.

Exhibition Film

Explore East of the Sun, West of the Moon with Virginia Jaramillo

In our new film, Virginia Jaramillo takes us on a journey through her exhibition at our Los Angeles gallery. The artist discusses how her interests in ancient histories and civilizations as well as planetary phenomena manifest in her new paintings.


Featured Works

Virginia Jaramillo, East of the Sun / Deep Field, 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 72" × 72" (182.9 cm × 182.9 cm)
Virginia Jaramillo, Meta, 2023, Acrylic on canvas, 72" × 72" (182.9 cm × 182.9 cm)
Virginia Jaramillo, To Touch the Earth, 2023, Acrylic on canvas, 84" × 182" (213.4 cm × 462.3 cm)
Virginia Jaramillo, Cycle of Inanna, 2023, Acrylic on canvas, 84" × 72" (213.4 cm × 182.9 cm)
Virginia Jaramillo, Exo, 2023, Acrylic on canvas, 72" × 72" (182.9 cm × 182.9 cm)
Virginia Jaramillo, Zero Point, 2023, Acrylic on canvas, 60" × 60" (152.4 cm × 152.4 cm)
Virginia Jaramillo, The Gardens of Pakal, 2023, Acrylic on canvas, 72-3/8" × 72" × 2-1/4" (183.8 cm × 182.9 cm × 5.7 cm)
Virginia Jaramillo, West of the Moon / Deep Field, 2023, Acrylic on canvas, 72-1/4" × 72-1/4" × 2" (183.5 cm × 183.5 cm × 5.1 cm)

Installation Views

Online Exhibition


May 13 – Jun 24, 2023

This focused online presentation of works on paper from Jaramillo’s Foundations series complements East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

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Virginia Jaramillo in front of Quanta, 2021, Image by JSP Art Photography 1.jpg

About the Artist

Virginia Jaramillo is known for her meditative abstract paintings engaged with a wide range of subjects, including science fiction, history, and physiology. Over the course of her six-decade career, Jaramillo has explored space, depth, and materiality in her canvases, forging a unique visual language through her experimentations with various media, textures, pigments, and technical processes.

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