Borges’s Cosmic Ally

Significantly, it is the painter rather than the writer who gets top billing in “Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges: The Art of Friendship,” an exhibition that opens this week at the Americas Society.  The show focuses on Xul Solar’s watercolors, but also includes manuscripts by both men, documents, photographs and first editions of works they created together that are little known outside their native Argentina.

“Borges never stopped expressing his admiration for Xul Solar, who he considered a citizen of the cosmos,” Gabriela Rangel, the show’s main curator, said. “This was an intellectual dialogue of two people that was profound and far-reaching, but has not yet been fully appreciated.”

Borges and Xul Solar, who was also a poet, translator, inventor and astrologer, met in 1924, shortly after both had returned to Buenos Aires from long

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