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Consuelo Castañeda: For Rent – Americas Society, New York

Tuesday, May 17 – Saturday, July 30

Americas Society

680 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 249-8950

For Rent: Consuelo Castañeda is the first of three exhibitions devoted to mid-career artists from Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada to be presented annually from 2011 to 2013 by Americas Society’s Visual Arts program in our gallery. The series consolidates our leadership in the visual arts field and expands our role as a presenter of contemporary art exhibitions with a scholarly as well as an experimental approach.

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Alejandro Aguilera blends Afro-Cuban heritage, modernism at Saltworks

by Rebecca Dimling Cochran | Apr 15, 2011
ArtsCriticATL.COM

Alejandro Aguilera’s current solo show at Saltworks takes us back to a series of works he made in 1998, called the “Black Drawings.” It’s a rewarding journey: the drawings are rich and raw, pulsating with alternating rhythms that give them a lyrical quality.

The Cuban-born artist made them when he first immigrated to the United States and was living in Miami. At the time, his day job was designing and creating hand-painted fabrics for commercial use in wall coverings and upholstery. At night, Aguilera would take large sheets of the thin kraft paper that bound the rolls of fabric back to the studio with him.

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Guillermo Portieles – “neochromatic”, Cremata Gallery, Miami

April 15, 2011 – May 13, 2011

Reception: April 15, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Cremata Gallery

1646 SW 8th Street
Miami,Florida 33135

Tue – Sat 12:00 – 6:00 PM

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Pablo Cano – The Ladies in White

Miami, FL

March 12 – May 7, 2011

Kelley Roy Gallery
50 NE 29th St.
Miami, FL 33137

The Kelley Roy Gallery will host its second solo exhibition of art works by Pablo Cano, the internationally recognized performance artist, painter, sculptor, ceramist and master puppeteer. This exhibition coinciding with Cano’s 50th birthday will feature three different surveys of Cano’s work starting with a collection of his early drawings including “Juanita” created in 1982.

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Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons – Art Practice as Research Blog

As a Cuban born artist, the embodied cognition that shapes the art practice of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons is her deep cultural connections. For Pons, inquiry into cultural histories involves dealing with the way her black heritage is represented and the realization that “the history that I have access to is the history that is told through a voice that is not necessarily of the black people” (interview with the author, 1996). In investigating these historical dislocations Pons uses the body as a window through which to explore autobiographical aspects of the past.

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Mario Bencomo – Opalia

The Americas Collection

Exhibit of Mario Bencomo’s recent work.

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Demi

Salamatina Gallery Exhibit

February 4 to April 2

DEMI: Some Thoughts on her Work

Alejandro Anreus

Although I had seen DEMI’s work in reproduction for the past decade or so, a recent direct encounter with a substantial amount of her paintings and drawings has brought me to this sheet of paper and the thoughts that follow.

DEMI began painting in Spain in 1983. Her only technical orientation came from her husband, the painter Arturo Rodríguez. Since then she has developed a body of work whose vision is unique, and whose pictorial craft has become more complex and rich with time. Her recent solo show at Salamatina Gallery (Manhasset, NY) consisted of 16 large acrylic on canvas paintings and a small group of drawings in mixed media. This is the first time that the artist exhibits her graphic work; these drawings are simply marvelous. With coloring pencils, various pens, watercolor and ink, DEMI’s lines move across the paper from the subtle and delicate to the harsh and strong. These works are composed in an open and flexible manner, in them drawing becomes an adventure without dogmas, whose lyricism and freedom reminds us of the best of Paul Klee.

The canvases are large and layered, populated by those strange children of DEMI’s, who evoke ancient wise men and women, or outsiders that in reality are enlightened visionaries. Her work is not sentimental or kitschy, on the contrary. Within it there is an almost hallucinating resistant quality which is hard and tough. It dismantles sweet and simplistic visions of childhood. I dare say, without asking the artist, that her painting is profoundly spiritual. I see in the work a preoccupation with the space inhabited by human beings; that which exists between earth and the infinite, and depicts the sacramental relation between figure and environment. In a work such as One More Day on Earth, which is the title of her exhibition, we see a battle waged between the children of light and those of darkness. Innocence is the source of strength of these bald little girls, and it appears visualized as light, which becomes the weapon in the struggle against darkness. Two other extraordinary canvases dominate this consistently strong exhibition: Who is Afraid of the Big Black Bear and Black Angel. The first depicts children playing in a dark room while a large stuffed bear observes them from the rear of the composition. Painted in browns, ochre and pinks, the picture evokes mystery and uncertainty. The children stare at us and at the bear. They, us, we, sense the future terror of their world with the loss of innocence and arrival of experience.

Black Angel quite simply belongs in a museum. The painting is an icon of innocence surrounded by the infinite possibilities of the color white. The child evokes the salvific qualities of the child Jesus, and obviously also the African identity of much of Caribbean culture, into which as a Cuban, the artist was born. But beyond my limited iconographic interpretation, this work is just good painting with a capital P, where DEMI bets on the power of the pictorial surface and wins. What could have been a mannered and saccharine image is transformed into an icon of innocence as strength.

I reject the past comparisons between DEMI’s paintings and those of Frida Kahlo. Kahlo’s pictures are tortured and materialistic, while DEMI’s are spiritual and redemptive. She belongs to the family of visionaries such as England’s Richard Dadd or Mexico’s Jesús Reyes Ferreira. Like their worlds, hers is unique and it escapes comparison. We have to see it.

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Roberto Estopiñan – Homage to a great master

Miami, FL

Friday March 18, 2011

from  6:30 to 8 PM

Exhibit from March 18 to April 12, 2011

Miami Dade College West
3800 NW 115 Avenue
Doral, FL
305 237 8907

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Mario Petrirena – Collage two ways

Collage two ways: Mario Petrirena and Daniel Biddy

Artists Mario Petrirena and Daniel Biddy are currently showing collages at Sandler Hudson Gallery and Barbara Archer Gallery, respectively.

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Jose Bedia Video -On his work

In Spanish

Artist Jose Bedia presents his exhibit RE-Corrido in the GE Gallery in Monterey Mexico.

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