The groundbreaking exhibition acknowledges the exclusion of Latinx artists within America’s abstract art history and explores how it could expand. It will focus on ten cross-generational contemporary artists: Candida Alvarez, Karlos Carcamo, Maria Chavez, Alejandro Guzman, Glendalys Medina, HM&C's Freddy Rodriguez, Fanny Sanín, Mary Valverde, HM&C's Vargas-Suarez Universal, and Sarah Zapata. The artists utilize different media and they come from a range of experiences and age groups. Their work features a large and diverse range of influences. Latinx Abstract is curated by BRIC’s chief curator and author of Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History, Elizabeth Ferrer. Located in Brooklyn, BRIC has showcased diverse work in contemporary visual and performing arts, as well as media and civic action for over forty years. This exhibit will be presented both in-person and virtually.
The artwork showcased in Latinx Abstract has been influenced by historical art that ranges from pre-Columbian to modernist. The exhibit examines the possibilities of abstract art and the notable overlooking of the contributions Latinx artists made to the abstract movement in American painting in critical discourse. Numerous Zoom discussions in conversation with the artists featured in Latinx Abstract are free to the public.
Post Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico was a beginning point for Air Paintings by legendary Chicago-based artist Candida Alvarez, that quickly evolved through the painting process to an extended formal, pictorial scope. “I don’t insist on meaning, I advocate a meaningful process that allows me to be free of expectation. I named the painting months after it was made. The scent of dirt and the mountainous landscape projected itself onto my gaze and that is why I named it Lomas. It was a surprise, a gift of memory.”