Tag : Cuban Culture

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Juana Valdés: “Mettre Noir Sur Blanc,” at Guttenberg Arts Gallery, NJ

July 3 – Aug. 1, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, July 10, 2015

Guttenberg Arts Gallery
6903 Jackson St.
Guttenberg, NJ 07093

As a multidisciplinary artist Juana Valdes’ work traces, recollects, and records her own personal experience of migration, directly informed by her AfroCuban ethnicity growing up in America.

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Maria Elena González: “Grand Prize Solo” exhibition at the 31st Ljubljana Biennial, Slovenia

Aug. 28 – Nov. 1, 2015

Opening Reception: Aug. 28, 2015

 

Cankarjev dom
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Maria Elena González’s “Tree Talk” series received the Grand Prize during the 30th Ljubljana Biennale. For this exhibition, she will present new work in such series and have the world premier of “Skowhegan Birch #2.” A sculpture/music composition where she translated the bark patterns into a roll for a player piano by having them digitally cut in, to see what kind of sounds would result. When played, the scroll has an unexpected “score”: the phrasing, polyphony, and rhythm seem deliberately composed and modern. This project allows us to hear the “music” of the birch tree, and reminds us of the inherent logic that exists in all of nature’s patterns.

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Diango Hernández: “Eugene”, at Kunsthalle Münster, Germany

June 30 – Sept. 6, 2015

Opening: June 28, 2015  3 pm

Kunsthalle Münster
Hafenweg 28
48155 Münster
Germany

If a pessimist were to dismiss travel as pointless – that any journey entails consenting to the company of one’s self – then the sensually charged installations, material assemblages, drawings, photographs, and pictures of Diango Hernández sends the viewer on a journey that presents an inspired opportunity to be both simultaneously outside of one’s self and contained within it.

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Carlos Estévez: Plenilunio at Enlace – Arte contemporáneo, Lima, Perú

June 16 – July 31, 2015

Galería Enlace Arte Contemporáneo
Av. Camino Real 1123 San Isidro, Lima 27 – Perú 

Galeria Enlace Arte Contemporaneo and Carlos Estevez are pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition, Plenilunio. The show’s title refers to the full moon as a symbol of illumination. The moon not only brings about an essential cycle in our existence, but it also illuminates the deep corners of our minds. Through sixteen canvasses and four drawings, Carlos Estevez hopes to share his illuminated vision of life, particularly of a recent and prolific period in his career.

The works examine various themes such as spiritual journeys, the search for success, family ties, among others. These themes are explored through visual representations that mix symbols from music, animal morphology, and a series of lines which seamlessly bring together the figures or sometimes expand them.

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Anthony Goicolea group exhibition at the Magnan Metz Gallery, New York

June 18 – August 7, 2015

Magnan Metz Gallery 
521 West 26th Street,
New York, NY 10001

A Weekend in the Country

Curated by Paul Laster

Magnan Metz Gallery is proud to announce the opening of A Weekend in the Country, a group exhibition of contemporary artists Jude Broughan​, Ernesto Caivano, Anthony Goicolea​, Ellen Harvey​, Jason Middlebrook​, Donna Moylan​ and Spencer Tunick​, curated by Paul Laster.

Together, these artists explore a dialogue between landscape and abstraction.

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Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna, at Frost Art Museum, Miami

June 13 - Sept. 13, 2015

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
10975 S.W. 17 Street
Miami, FL  33199

One of the foremost contemporary Cuban artists, Carlos Luna is part of a generation of artists who embrace their strong Cuban heritage and traditions but have reinvented themselves along the way.

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Pavel Acosta: PRESENT WORKS, at Guttenberg Arts, NJ

June 5 – July 1, 2015

Opening reception: Friday June 5th, 7pm-9pm

Guttenberg Arts
6903 Jackson St,
Guttenberg, NJ 07093

Join us Friday June 5th for the opening reception of “Present Works” by Pavel Acosta on display at Guttenberg Arts.

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Teresita Fernández: FATA MORGANA, at Madison Square Park, NYC

From TimeOut New York

Over the past 15 years, artist Teresita Fernández has created more than a dozen public art projects that put the viewer in the role of both spectator and performer. Recalling natural phenomena, her evocative installations, which could be called conceptual landscapes, often rely on optical illusions that become more magical with repeated visits. She talks about her new piece, Fata Morgana, at Madison Square Park, and the earlier works that led to it.

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Luis Gispert, Aqua Regia, at OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

May 29 – Jun 27, 2015

Opening reception
Friday, May 29
7-9pm

OHWOW Gallery
937 N. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069

OHWOW Gallery is pleased to announce Aqua Regia, Luis Gispert’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, presenting a series of two-dimensional works, each comprised of quasi-asphalt slabs embedded with varied strands of gold chain. Concepts surrounding American culture and the fetishization of value have inspired the artist’s work over the years, and those interests continue to serve as the basis from which all his ideas evolve. Regardless of the visual vehicle used to interpret his acumen, Gispert’s sensibility is always palpable.

The work presented in Aqua Regia translates through visual and tactile methods. Densely black planks appear interrupted by channels of delicately metallic line in a nonobjective abstract manner. Arriving at a closer proximity, these works of expressionistic gesture disclose to the viewer: they confess not to be minimalist paintings, as Gispert’s panels reveal a particular style of line. Each piece serves as a sample of analysis, identifying marks associated directly to this artist’s hand.

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Pavel Acosta and Juana Valdes, Summer 2015 Guttenberg Arts Residents.

JUANA VALDES

My artwork is a multi-disciplinary practice that combines the process of printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramic. It integrates the social-political discourse within the art object to analyze relationships between contemporary and historical imagery and their connection to the social, political and economical dominance of the cultures that produce them and their impact on cultural memory.

PAVEL ACOSTA

All my work revolves around stealing. In Cuba, after graduating from the Higher Institute of Art and with little access to unaffordable art materials, I stole dry paint from the crumbling city walls and the objects around me to do collages of recycled paint on paper and canvases. I wanted to survive as an artist in the same way people does in Cuba – smuggling the State resources within the black market as the way to compensate for low salaries and scarcities. I was interested in exploring the boundaries between destroying something, or commiting a crime and creating, as well as the concepts of etics and morality within my society.

Guttenberg Arts is dedicated to promoting the visual arts by providing practicing artists with the space and time to develop their work while engaging with the public. Guttenberg Arts aims to increase opportunities for supported artists by expanding their community through artistic collaborations and promotion to curators and collectors in the tri-state area.

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Carlos Martiel’s “Ascensión”, at MAAS/Mandragoras Art Space, New York

May 16, 2015

MAAS | Mandragoras Art Space
3601 36 Ave. 3rd. Fl
Long Island City, NY 11106

MAAS | Mandragoras Art Space is proud to open its 2015 Programming presenting Cuban artist Carlos Martiel, on his first solo performance in New York City.

Where is the line that divides a hero from a murderer?

“Ascención” questions the perception of heroism as dependent on the use of power in matters of political conflict and world peace. Martiel bases his critique on the military system, where heroism is grounded on rank and rivalry, and that vindicates authoritarianism and the sacrifice of life for the common good.

In his piece, the artist creates a compelling situation where the audience is able to experience the consequences of patriotism and hierarchy. The problem of violence and power is a constant on Martiel’s discourse. On this occasion, it questions those at the forefront of the arms race, promoting themselves as peacemakers, but ultimately enforcing a world of dominance.

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada sets Terrestrial Interventions from Buenos Aires to San Antonio

Ninna Azzarello
Designboom

Cuban American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada shares his latest works — a series of three portraits set within geographically diverse locations and using various artistic techniques. San Antonio, Texas — Paris, France — and Buenos Aires, Argentina are the home to Rodríguez-Gerada’s new works for his ‘terrestrail series’ and urban mural.

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Revision: Angel Delgado at Aluna Art Foundation, Miami

April 18th to June 27th, 2015

Aluna Art Foundation
1393 S.W. 1st. Street
Miami Fl. 33135

Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective

Aluna Art Foundation inaugurates a new headquarter in Little Havana, Miami, on April 18th of 2015, conceived as a space for art and culture to generate new dynamics in the sector and in the city.

Delgado incorporates sculptures and drawings from the last decade, with media such as soaps, trays or sheets derived from the practices of survival from prison. It also presents serigraphs inspired by an alphabet invented then and large paintings about forms of oppression in a dizzying and globalized world but corroded social indifference. This show will take place with the release of several exhibitions dedicated to the concept of Parrhesia, a term which in ancient Greek meant “speak the truth,”- and the contradictions between censorship and the exercise of freedom of thought in artistic creation and literary.

 

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Teresita Fernandez at McNally Jackson Books, SoHo, NY

Friday, April, 3, 2015 7:00 pm

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince StNew York,
New York10012-3309

Join artist Teresita Fernandez and essayist Eliot Weinberger for a discussion of the artist’s MASS MoCA exhibition and accompanying publication As Above So Below. On view until April 6th, Fernandez’s exhibition, her largest solo to date, comprises immersive installations across widely varying scales, from the panoramic to the intimate. Wienberger, who wrote his new essay collection A Calendar of Stones for the exhibition catalog, will introduce and interview Teresita.

Teresita Fernandez‘s work is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking. She is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In late April this year, her monumental public art project, Fata Morgana, will open in Madison Square Park.  

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Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons in group show at the NC Museum of Art, North Carolina

Apr 4, 2015 – Sep 13, 2015

North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
East Building, Level A, Photography Galleries

Director’s Cut features a selection of photographs from recent gifts to the Museum in honor of Dr. Lawrence Wheeler’s 20th anniversary as director of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

These gifts are a significant addition to the Museum’s photography collection and feature iconic images by many ground-breaking photographers of the 20th century, along with innovative works by contemporary photographers. Ranging in date from 1967 to 2013, the photographs depict a wide variety of subject matter, including Elvis conventions, minor league baseball, self-portraits, the southern landscape, and views of Cuba and New York. The photographers in the exhibition explore an array of photographic techniques and approaches, including traditional gelatin-silver prints, digital prints, Polaroids, and straight photography as well as overtly manipulated and constructed images.

Artists in the exhibition include Uta Barth, William Christenberry, Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Bill Jacobson, Simen Johan, Andrew Moore, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Kerry Skarbakka, among others.

 

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres at the Great Hall Exhibitions series- Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

March 30 – May 1, 2015

Opening Reception: March 30, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Institute of Fine Arts
The James B. Duke House
1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075

An installation of two artworks by Felix Gonzalez-Torres will be featured this spring as part of the Great Hall Exhibitions series at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Organized by Katharine J. Wright and Susanna V. Temkin, this installation pairs two works encompassing different media and conceptual practices that speak to major themes in the artist’s oeuvre. The manifestable candy piece “Untitled (Placebo-Landscape-for Roni)”, 1993 and the static photographic work “Untitled” (Natural History), 1990 offer a point of access into overarching strategies that the artist employed throughout the course of his career. The two works will be on view daily, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, from March 30 – May 1, 2015.


This installation was made possible by the generous support of Eileen and Michael Cohen
.

Great Hall Exhibitions

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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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Diango Hernández in group show “Birds, plants and a chair,” Düsseldorf, Germany

March 14 – May 8, 2015
Opening March 13

Kadel Willborn
Birkenstrasse 3
40233 Düsseldorf
 

Laura Lamiel, Björn Braun, Jürgen Drescher, Diango Hernández, Vajiko Chachkhiani

“Opaque Waters is the title of an installation mainly composed by two objects, both of a familiar nature to us all. At your left hand -if you are standing in front of the gallery wall in which they hang from- there is a stretched fragment of a 1940’s table cloth that has been mounted on a heavy plexiglass, with same measurements, both the table cloth and the plexiglass, give you the impression that ‘something’ is hidden between them. The other object is a Hi-Fi sound amp that hangs from the wall as a picture frame does. In this case the amp is disconnected from the power so it is in silence, its only function is to be the support of a printed image, a digitally generated map of all Atlantic retired hurricanes.” Diango Hernández

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Pavel Acosta in group show “In Praise of Folly”, at the New York Art Residency & Studios Foundation, New York

February 27 – March 25, 2015

NARS Foundation
201 46th Street, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11220

The New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation is pleased to present a group exhibition In Praise of Folly, curated by Jin Y. Hwang Coleman and including work by Pavel Acosta, Hong Seon Jang, Marc Oosting, Lior Shvil, and Ghost of a Dream. In Praise of Folly, inspired by the famous book of the same title by Desiderious Erasmus, focuses on the works by artists who challenge our belief system and dogma in a satirical, humorous and witty way.

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Carlos Estevez: Reliquary, at Pan American Art Projects, Miami

March 6 – April 25, 2015

Opening reception: Friday, March 6th, 6-8 pm

 

Pan American Art Projects
2450 NW 2nd. Ave.
Miami, Fl 33127

 

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Luis Mallo: Interruptions, at Praxis International – New York

Opening reception: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015   6-8 pm

Jan. 8 – Feb. 21, 2015

Praxis New York
541 West 25th Street,
New York, NY
 

Luis Mallo presents in this exhibition a group of visually arresting images meant to stimulate us to question notions of familiarity. With this series Mallo wants us to understand that the manner in which we perceive our surroundings is contingent by nature. Most of what we see and experience is illusory and therefore, deceptive. His scenes reveal this illusory nature by offering partially concealed and most often perplexing representations of the surrounding landscape and its various props.

For Mallo, Interruptions is not an outcome, but a vital process, a way of looking that may offer a fresh perspective. As previously done with other series, he invites us to look deeper and unearth that which lies latently waiting to be discovered under the veil of familiarity.

 

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Abelardo Morell: Some Recent Pictures at Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Through Dec. 20 

Edwynn Houk Gallery
745 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10151

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Abelardo Morell (American, b. Havana, 1948). Following his inaugural exhibition in 2013 with Galerie Edwynn Houk in Zurich, this show marks the artist’s first exhibition at Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York. The sixteen large-scale photographs on view will highlight the scope of Morell’s most recent subjects and his continued experiments with perception.

Reveling in the expectations of the photographic process, Morell’s work is charged with discoveries concerning optics, aperture, exposure, and most notably, camera obscura. Since 1991, Morell has been using the camera obscura to effectively turn entire rooms into cameras: the outside world is transposed onto the interior, creating unexpected and often surreal imagery.

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TRIBUTE: Luis Castaneda, Carlos Cardenes, and Roberto Koltun at Cuban American Phototheque Foundation, Miami

11/15/14 to 1/15/15

Opening: Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7pm

Cuban American Phototheque Foundation
4260 SW 74 Ave
Miami, FL 33155
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Jairo Alfonso at Star Gallery, Guttenberg Arts, NJ

November 2014

Star Gallery
6903 Jackson St.
Guttenberg, NJ 07093

Guttenberg Arts is proud to present for the month of November the exhibition “568” featuring work by resident artist Jairo Alfonso.

The exhibition includes new work created during Alfonso’s Space and Time Artist Residency at Guttenberg Arts. The opening takes place on Friday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. with an artist talk at 8:30. The Star Gallery is located at 6903 Jackson St. in Guttenberg.

This exhibition will remain open for the month of November.

 

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Armando Mariño in group show: GIANTS AMONG US, at CHG CIRCA, Culver City, CA

September 20 – October 4, 2014

Opening Reception:

Saturday, September 20,from 7-10PM

 

CHG CIRCA
8530-A Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

Culver City (September 15, 2014): On Saturday, September 20, CHG Circa presents “Giants Among Us” a group show examining the role of the Giant in contemporary times. Modern day Giants prove to be more psychologi- cal than tangible in most cases, except perhaps when disguised as championship basketball centers or infamous wrestlers. Yet, since the very beginning of story-telling, giants have recurred as personalities to fear and respect, making mere humans feel small in their shadow, or humongous when the monster is overcome in battle. You’ll see today’s Giant depicted as fantasy, as emotion, even as edible.

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Allora & Calzadilla: Fault Lines, at Gladstone Gallery, Chelsea, NY

September 13 – October 11, 2014

 

Gladstone Gallery
515 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
 

Gladstone Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Allora & Calzadilla. Fault Lines will explore the overlapping mechanics of polyphonic vocal texturing, geological and sculptural displacements, and adversarial rhetorical language in a new performance-based work, featuring an original composition by Guarionex Morales-Matos. The work will feature performances by young male vocalists from the American Boychoir School and the Transfiguration Boychoir. The performances will take place on the hour Tuesday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm with an additional performance at 5:30 pm, and Saturdays hourly from 12:30 – 5:30 pm.

Fault Lines
 consists of a group of ten stone sculptures whose formal vocabulary derives from geological faults – fractures or discontinuities in the Earth’s crust – and choral risers, a set of tall and wide steps used for standing while singing. While the mineral composition of the rocks in Fault Lines took millions of years to assemble, cutting, removing, and displacing sections of their hardened mass has caused an instant and ever-lasting rupture in geological time. The resulting sculptural permutations function as choral risers, which are dispersed throughout the exhibition space and used by two boy sopranos, or trebles, to engage in a verbal duel.

 

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Alexandre Arrechea: The Map and The Fact at Magnan Metz Gallery, New York

September 13 – October 11, 2014

Artist Reception: Friday, September 12th 6-8 PM

Magnan Metz Gallery
521 West 26th Street,
New York, NY 10001

Magnan Metz Gallery is pleased to present the fifth solo exhibition for Alexandre Arrechea. The show will be on view from September 13 – October 11, 2014 with a reception for the artist from 6-8 pm on Friday, September 12th.

The often overlooked study and its relationship to the realized artwork have always been of significant importance to Alexandre Arrechea. The two co-existed in the same space; it’s the methodology that shows the natural process in creating the artwork. Traditionally the first stands as the matrix of the second. For this exhibition, however, Arrechea has turned the tables. The artist explains, “With The Map and the Fact I intend to rearrange this relationship with the objective to ask questions of our reality so the drawing in this project becomes a structure closer to the language of a map or a graphical representation of a given ‘territory’. The object is related to this simply through the construction of a section of that map.”

 

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Jorge Rodriguez Gerada: National Portrait Gallery Commissions Cuban American Artist to Create a Large-Scale Landscape Portrait for the National Mall

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a grand landscape portrait from Cuban American urban artist, Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, to be placed temporarily on the National Mall in October.

For the work titled “Out of Many, One,” the English translation of E pluribus unum, Rodríguez-Gerada will use several images of people photographed in Washington, D.C., to create a composite portrait that will not only be an interactive walk-through experience for visitors but will also be viewable from the newly reopened Washington Monument and from space. The work will be placed on a 10-acre site and stretch across 6 acres of land midway between the World War II and Lincoln memorials along the south side of the Reflecting Pool.

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Acquiro 2 Art Walk at Cuban American Phototheque Foundation, Miami

Saturday, August 16, 2014

7pm

Cuban American Phototheque Foundation
The Bird Road Art District,
4260 SW 74 Ave,
Miami, Florida 33155

 

Curated by Carlos Mayol and Ivan Cañas

 

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Maria Martinez-Cañas in group show “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self”, at The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC..

Aug. 22, 2014  through April 12, 2015

The National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F Streets NW,
Washington, D.C. 20001

 
“Portraiture Now: Staging the Self” features the work of David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadaneira, and Michael Vasquez, all artists of Latino background, who make us aware of how identities are constructed and negotiated via portraiture. Seeking to relieve portraiture of its charge to memorialize individuals and convey essential aspects of their identities, they use it instead to explore the ambiguities and changes in individual character. Theatricality is central to their inquiry, as they represent narratives remembered or imagined from their own family histories, or superimpose portraits of their loved ones over themselves, looking for what is shared or unique in individuality, searching like an actor for a character. As they present themselves in a staged manner, portraiture loses its aura of certainty, and becomes an evolving map for finding oneself and others.

Article on Art News

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