Group Exhibit Features Vik Muniz'
Famed Garbage Series,
Subject of Academy Award-Nominee Film Waste Land
September 17, 2011 - November 27, 2011
Expressing rich, fascinating and complex concerns, Latin American art has moved to the forefront of the world of visual arts. This art ranges stylistically from folk art to the avant-garde movements of Europe and North America and reflects the broad diversity of Latin culture today. Exploraciones Contemporáneas, on view in museum's Collectors Circle Gallery from September 17 through November 27, includes work by such varied artistic voices as Vik Muniz of Brazil, Cuban-American DEMI, Manuel Esnoz of Argentina and Dario Escobar of Guatemala. The exhibition is organized by Elaine Berger for the Contemporary Collectors Circle.
Vik Muniz's collaborative work with the impoverished landfill "pickers" of Brazil, mixing art with social consciousness, was the subject of Waste Land, an Academy Award-nominated documentary film. Muniz creates photographs, typically in series, that incorporate a variety of found materials in large-scale mythological photographic recreations of classic paintings, among them Mars, God of War after Velázquez and Sisyphus after Titian. DEMI, critically acclaimed for innovations that stretch the limitations of the medium of paint, has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions for more than 25 years. Manuel Esnoz's work is often comprised of several separate parts that come together in an overall pattern. Darío Escobar unites the art of sculpture with contemporary culture through the use of wildly varied materials including deflated soccer balls and skateboards.
Sysphus, after Titian (from Pictures of Junk), 2005
51 X 40 inches
Girl with Butterflies, 2010
60 x 36 in.
acrylic on canvas
Courtesy Salamatina Gallery