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ALEJANDRO AGUILERA: SERIOUSLY FUNNY, Political Cartoons and Illustrations, at Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

February 25 (opening) – April 8, 2016

Curated by Marianne Lambert

Swan Coach House Gallery
3130 Slaton Drive N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30305

The Swan Coach House Gallery and the Forward Arts Foundation are pleased to present the work of internationally-known artist, Alejandro Aguilera. The works featured in this exhibition are social and political cartoons and illustrations that he has executed daily since leaving his homeland of Cuba. This is the first time the work has been presented to the public.

The pieces selected for this exhibition are divided into themes describing American life, portraits of artists and spiritual world leaders, satirical cartoons of political leaders, and a series of abstract drawings. Humor has long been a part of the culture and character of the Cuban people and is used as a form of coping with their oppression. These images are amusing and reflective rather than mocking or ironical. They function as tools of communication more in favor of understanding rather than confrontation. Unlike the spoken or written word, drawings are universally readable and for Aguilera function as a means to keep the world informed of the communist regime dominating his people. He sends them to peers all over the world and to his family still in Cuba.

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Wifredo Lam, José Parlá: Imagining New Worlds at High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

February 14 – May 24, 2015

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Wifredo Lam, José Parlá, Fahamu Pecou

The exhibition Imagining New Worlds is divided into three parts: a retrospective of the twentieth-century artist Wifredo Lam and responses to Lam’s legacy by contemporary artists José Parlá and Fahamu Pecou.

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Alejandro Aguilera: PATTERNS OF PROTEST, at Saltworks Contemporary Art, Atlanta, Georgia

June 27 – July 26, 2014

Opening reception, Friday, June 27, 7-10PM

SALTWORKS Contemporary Art
1100 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

SALTWORKS is pleased to present Patterns of Protest, new works on paper by Atlanta-based Cuban-born artist, Alejandro Aguilera. This is Aguilera’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. The work will be on view at the White Provisions SALTWORKS space in suite A06 through July 26, 2014.

Consisting of works created over the last two years, Patterns of Protest started in 2008 during the time of the global economic crisis. Aguilera began channelling the daily news events and depictions of large groups protesting into his drawings and studio practice. In these works, Aguilera embodies the mind of the journalist, painting cinematic scenes of the unfolding spectacle. The public arena is a place of improvisation, where the individual morphs into a potent force for change.

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Alejandro Aguilera embraces the Modern Spirit at the High

by Felicia Feaster

Creative Loafing Atlanta

Cuban-born, Atlanta-based artist offers an effusive to creativity

It’s hard not to rejoice when a longtime Atlanta artist achieves Big Kahuna status with a show at the High Museum. Local artist Radcliffe Bailey scored big in 2011 with his retrospective Memory as Medicine at the museum and is probably still fist-pumping the air after scaling that career hurdle. Now the Cuban-born, Atlanta-based artist Alejandro Aguilera has garnered his own real estate in a more intimate, but still impressive show. About the Modern Spirit is an effusive, life-affirming group hug to human creativity that proves a nice juxtaposition with the neighboring show’s cuckoo-for-color graf-anime of the Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS.

About the Modern Spirit @ High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta

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Alejandro Aguilera – The High Museum, Atlanta

Video of the work of artist Alejandro Aguilera at current exhibit in The High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia.

From February 18 to May 20, 2012

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree st, NE

To see video click Read More.

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Alejandro Aguilera, About the Modern Spirit, at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

February 18 – May 20, 2012

The High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309

Atlanta-based Aguilera’s drawings include portraits of artists and other historical figures whom he considers inspirations and heroes.

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Evan Lurie Gallery Exhibits Alexi Torres at Art Palm Beach 2012

January 20 to 23, 2012

Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida


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Mario Petrirena – A fable, a poem, a rumor

Dec 2, 2011 to January 7, 2012

Opening December 2, 2011 from 7 to 9 PM

Sandler Hudson Gallery

1009-A Marietta St NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

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Glexis Novoa – Drones

November 11, 2011 – January 7, 2012
Opening reception, Friday, November 11, 7 – 10pm

SALTWORKS is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Glexis Novoa, on view from November 11, 2011 through January 7, 2012.
Continuing a search for parallels in social phenomena, Novoa’s latest works present historical narratives of a dystopic society. The large mixed media works on paper, use metaphor to show the decaying centralizing force of past political icons and technology as the new dehumanizing enchantment. In Lenin | Miami Times, the head of a monumental sculpture of V.I. Lenin that is being dismantled becomes the distant planet of Saturn with its rings composed of faces, famous and unknown, taken at random from the local newspapers of Novoa’s home in Miami. Novoa visualizes mass media’s polarizing force and the disconnect between media and public. Novoa suggests the rapid dissemination of information by the few via mass media is just a new form of the old propaganda machine.

War is another manifestation of the absurd in the few controlling the masses. Here, technology takes the form of unmanned aerial vehicles or Drones, specifically the MQ-9 Reaper, used extensively by the military in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In Private Drone, a profile of the MQ-9 Reaper dominates a vast empty landscape except for distant monuments sitting on the horizon line and several other drones dotting the sky. Void of any human presence, the Private Drone centered in a golden starburst is an omnipresent anonymous entity. Novoa draws a dystopian world where identity is absent and the individual is displaced by technology.

Glexis Novoa was born in Holguín, Cuba, in 1964. He currently lives in Miami. He studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Skowhegan, Maine (1998), Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA), Havana (1980-84), . He has exhibited widely in solo exhibitions in the United Sates, Latin America, and Europe. He has curated contemporary art exhibitions in Miami, New York; Ljublana, Slovenia; Monterrey, Mexico, and Havana. His work is part of many major public collections, including: American Express (Minneapolis), Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Atlanta), Lowe Museum, University of Miami (Miami), Ludwig Forum Fur Internationale Kunst ( Aachen), Museo Histórico de Santa Clara (Santa Clara, Cuba), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana), Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art (Fort Lauderdale), Nassau County Museum (Long Island, New York), Centro Wifredo Lam (Havana), Cintas Fellowship (New York), Craig Robins Collection (Miami Beach), Farber Collection (New York), Lehigh University Art Galleries Teaching Collection (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), Mosquera Collection (Coral Gables), The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation (New York), and Sprint Corporation (Overland Park, Kansas).

During late eighties, Novoa was involved in the dynamic of collective creation that characterized the Havana art scene. As founder of the Grupo Provisional, he organized and co-curated several exhibitions and events with a strong focus on performance art. Over the years, Novoa has curated several group shows of emerging artists, connecting artists, political ideas and community.


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