Tag : Enrique Martínez Celaya

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Enrique Martínez Celaya: A Prolific Journey with a Bright Future

By Saida Santana

Azure

In the oeuvre of this Cuban American artist, the fine line between art, philosophy, literature and religion is blurred, almost nonexistent. The complexity of his works will be on view this February at Andersson/Sandström Gallery in Umeå, Sweden.

Artist Enrique Martínez Celaya incorporates multiple media to express his vision of art and life: painting, sculpture, photography or writing. These disciplines are intertwined in particular contexts or environments, in which the line that separates art, philosophy, literature and religion almost seems to disappear. From February 2 to March 7, the complexity of his oeuvre will be displayed at Andersson/Sandström Gallery in Umeå, Sweden, in the exhibition titled A Wasted Journey, A Half-Finished Blaze.

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“A Wasted Journey, A Half-Finished Blaze” by Enrique Martinez Celaya, at Galleri Andersson/Sandström Umea, Sweden

Feb 2 – Mar 7, 2014

Galleri Andersson/Sandström
Aktrisgränd 34
903 64 UMEÅ
SWEDEN

The exhibition “A Wasted Journey, A Half-Finished Blaze” showcases five new paintings and an impressive sculptural installation that fills the gallery in Umedalen. The main sculpture in this environment presents a bronze boy encrusted with large jewels crying onto a bed of pine needles. His tears carve a channel through the beds as they cascade from one bed to the next. When they reach the last bed, the merger stream falls on a stack of dishes and pots reminiscent of what one might find in the sink of any house. The stream of tears never stops. Martínez presents a metaphorical, mystical world which resists a narrative and is elusive and open to one’s own interpretation.

 

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Enrique Martínez Celaya: Burning As It Were A Lamp Opens at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami

November 23, 2013 – January 16, 2014

Opening reception Saturday, November 23, 7-9 pm

Fredric Snitzer Gallery
2249 NW 1st Place
Miami, FL 33127
 

The mirror has been a frequently recurring signifier in Martínez Celaya’s work, functioning as a proxy subject, a site of uncanny reflexivity, and an object of philosophical inquiry.  In Burning As It Were A Lamp, the mirror is again at the center of a dense web of visual, literary and philosophical relationships which investigate issues of identity, memory, and loss through the space of multi-disciplinary installation. The exhibition is a continuation of themes and concepts explored in a recent museum-wide environment at SITE Santa Fe, The Pearl.

 

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The Pearl – Enrique Martinez Celaya – Sante Fe

July 13–October 13, 2013

 

SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM

In The Pearl, Cuban American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya takes up the drama of youth, wrought as it is with fear, wonder, trepidation and exuberance, in various proportions, and explores both the deterioration of memory and memory’s role in informing the present.

The Pearl is an immersive environment that sprawls across the entirety of SITE Santa Fe’s 12,000 square feet of gallery spaces. Utilizing painting, sculpture, sound, video, and light, the artist creates various installations threaded together by a continuous clear plastic tube of circulating water. The viewer follows the flow of the water from gallery to gallery in a manner suggestive of following a narrative. However, the individual installations are more akin to rhythmic pulses within a meandering melody, or emotional beats within a theatrical performance. They are better described as moments of encounter, sparsely arranged in the vast gallery space, replete with both climaxes and spaces of silence.

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Cuban Forever: Contemporary Cuban Art at The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH

September 7th, 2013 – June 30, 2014

 

Pizzuti Collection
632 North Park Street,
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Cuban Forever features the diverse, rich, beautiful and compelling contemporary art of Cuba.

The Pizzuti Collection, a new contemporary non-profit art space in Columbus, Ohio, opens with an exhibition of the most significant contemporary cuban artists on September 7, 2013

Established by Ron and Ann Pizzuti, the collection celebrates over 40 years of discovering and collecting internationally recognized and emerging artists from around the world and its mission is to foster cultural understanding and educational exchange, particularly as it relates to underrepresented voices from around the world. The Collection is a non-profit organization that presents temporary exhibitions of contemporary art from the collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti.

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Enrique Martínez Celaya: The Pearl

SITE Santa Fe is pleased to present a new project by Enrique Martínez Celaya entitled The Pearl.  For this exhibition, Martínez Celaya transforms almost 12,000 square feet of SITE’s gallery spaces into an immersive environment that includes painting, sculpture, video, photography, waterwork, sound, and writing, as well as the artist’s first musical arrangement.

 

 

 

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Martinez Celaya Sculpture

Friday October 19, 2012

Martinez Celaya sculpture to grace Freedom Tower commemorates 50 years of Operation Peter Pan.

A large-scale bronze sculpture created by distinguished Cuban-born artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Tower of Snow honors the 50th anniversary of Operation Pedro Pan, which brought thousands of Cuban children, without their parents, to the United States in pursuit of freedom and stability.

Link>>Miami Dade College

Link>> Youtube-the making of the Tower of Snow

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Enrique Martinez Celaya – at the Hermitage

Enrique Martínez Celaya’s towering bronze work explores the plight of children exiled from Cuba.

A monumental bronze sculpture by the Miami-based artist Enrique Martínez Celaya is due to be unveiled in the courtyard of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg on 10 July (until 31 November). The Tower of Snow, 2012, which depicts a boy on crutches carrying a house on his back, is the latest large-scale sculpture to be installed in the Russian museum’s courtyard following, among others, Louise Bourgeois’s Maman in 2001 and three reclining figures by Henry Moore in 2011.

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Cuban American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya in the Great Courtyard of the Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

From Art Nexus

Cuban American artist Enrique Martínez-Celaya was selected by a commission from the Hermitage Museum to present his sculpture entitled La Torre de Nieve (The Snow Tower) in the Great Courtyard of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The work will remain there from July 11 to November 21 of 2012.

La Torre de Nieve addresses migration, the loss of opportunities, and redemption. These themes are embodied in the figure of an overwhelmed looking young individual in crutches who is shown carrying a house on his head and back. This house is tied to the character by a cord tightened around his neck. The sculpture was created in bronze and is 15 feet high.

According to Martínez-Celaya “… La Torre de Nieve represents a journey and the hope of finding a new place for this ‘home.’ This notion of ‘home’ is both metaphorical and physical…”

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Christie’s – Auction results

The Latin American auction sale at Christie’s in NYC completed a few hours ago.

Virgilio Garza, Head of Latin American Paintings at Christie’s commented: “Major records for modern and contemporary Latin American works were set….  The sale was led by Matta’s La révolte des contraires, which realized $5 million, against the high estimate of $2.5 million, and set a world auction record for the artist, a long overdue recognition for one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

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Snows of exile: Enrique Martinez Celaya’s Schneebett at the Miami Art Museum

Sunday, 10.16.11

By Anne Tschida

Special to the Miami Herald

The entry into this room at the Miami Art Museum, built specifically for this exhibit and seemingly recessed from the main gallery, is startlingly dark.

A dim light ahead suggests the way forward, but meanwhile a loud humming, or more like a chugging sound, fills the space, emanating from an almost old-fashioned looking machine. Turn the corner, and a bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling reveals a solitary chair, a somber antechamber. The view from the chair is of a bed, also lit by a single light bulb, which in turn has its own view out into a winter forest with trees covered in snow, bereft of leaves. Although the doorway to this third room is blocked by a low fence built of branches, look closely and the bed is covered, literally, in a frozen blanket with pillow.

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Enrique Martinez Celaya: SCHNEEBETT (Snow-bed) at Miami Art Museum

October 14, 2011 – January 1, 2012.

Opening Reception for Enrique Martínez Celaya: Schneebett
Featuring Miami Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, October 13, 6-8pm

Miami Art Museum

101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

From Soul of Miami

Miami Art Museum will present the United States debut of Enrique Martínez Celaya’s Schneebett, a major installation inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven’s convalescence and death in Vienna, Austria in 1827, originally created for the Berliner Philharmonie. Enrique Martínez Celaya: Schneebett will be on view from October 14, 2011 through January 1, 2012 in the Museum’s Anchor Gallery, a space dedicated to large-scale works from the permanent collection. The exhibition opening will take place October 13, 2011 from 6 to 8pm and feature a performance by members of the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Schneebett, which reflects on and transports the viewer into the final hours of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life, was the first work of art commissioned for and exhibited at the Berliner Philharmonie since its founding in 1882. It was presented in 2004, and was shown in juxtaposition to the music of the Berliner Philharmoniker with special programming at the American Academy in Berlin. Schneebett was presented again in 2006 at the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig where it offered a counterpoint to Max Klinger’s statue of the heroic Beethoven as the creative genius. The title, Schneebett (“Snow-bed”), is from a poem by Holocaust survivor Paul Celan, a meditation on death. To re-animate the spirit of those celebrated exhibitions, Martínez Celaya created a new version of the installation for Miami Art Museum, which opens with a performance of Beethoven’s late quartets by the Miami Symphony Orchestra. A video of the performance will be on view for the duration of the exhibition.

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About Enrique Martínez Celaya solo show at Gary Nader Fine Art, Miami

By Irina Leyva

Art Nexus Magazine Issue #80 Mar -  May 2011

Enrique Martinez Celaya is an extremely prolific and multifaceted artist. He is a painter, a sculptor, a photographer and a writer. He is a restless creator that conceives pieces beyond the limitations of a particular media. That¿s what pushes him to master different medias in order to recreate exactly what he had in mind. Despite the fact that he used various techniques, and consequently each piece is restricted to the potential within it, all his work shows a lyricism that transcends the visual aspect. He brings the poetry of his writings to his canvases, achieving a continuous flux of ideas and metaphors. His work has a fable quality; each one narrates a particular story, all connected to him at some degree.

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Enrique Martinez Celaya in group show PISSED ELEGANCE – Stephen Cohen Gallery, LA

May 14 – June 18, 2011

Stephen Cohen Gallery,

Los Angeles, CA

www.stephencohengallery.com

The historian Kenneth Clark purveyed the eventual end to abstraction, citing a cultural need for a fidelity to the real world in real time imagery.  In a world significantly gutted with imagery, abstraction at present is about creating a new space in which to think about present day life.
Pissed Elegant is representative of those concerns past and present.

Stephen Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce, Pissed Elegance, a group show of abstract works.  The exhibition will showcase a variety of media including painting, photography and sculpture. Featured artists include Arthur Siegel, Ed Ruscha, Arthur Ou, Brian Wall, John McLaughlin, Siri Kaur Bronlyn Jones, James Gobel, Benjamin Lord, Bob Magahay, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Chad Kleitsch, Jason David, Robert Stivers, Monique Prieto and Danny Jauregui.  An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Sotheby’s Latin American Auction

We are pleased to announce the Sotheby’s Latin American Auction to take place on May 25 and 26.

The following Cuban American Artists are included in the sale:
Jose Bedia, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Julio Larraz, Agustin Fernandez, Carmen Herrera, Emilio Sanchez, Tomas Sanchez, Carlos Alfonzo, and others.

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Christie’s Latin American Art Auction

We are pleased to announce Christie’s Latin American Auction to take place on May 26 & 27.  Location: 20 Rockefeller Plaza, NY

Viewing dates are:
May 21  10am – 5pm
May 22   1pm – 5pm
May 23, 24, 25 10 am – 5pm
May 26 10 am – 12 pm

The following Cuban American Artists are included in the sale:

Cundo Bermudez, Ana Mendieta, Jose Bedia, Julio Larraz, Humberto Calzada, Tomas Sanchez, Arturo Rodriguez, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Carlos Alfonso, and Miguel Padura.

You can also view works by the Grand masters of cuban art – Wilfredo Lam and Amelia Pelaez.

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Enrique Martínez Celaya – The Practice at Whale and Star

by Juliana Accioly

Miami Art Guide Magazine 28
Apr/May 2011

Enrique Martínez Celaya, a visual artist whose work is associated with the nature of human experience and the search for meaning that dominates so many contemporary societies, was a late bloomer. His interest in artistic expression began in his childhood, but art did not become his profession until well into his twenties. Painting was the starting point of his career, whose possibilities and limits he quickly expanded, crossing traditionally pictorial boundaries into other media like sculpture, installation, and photography. Set in the transient world of time and memory, identity and displacement, Martínez Celaya’s work embodies his belief that being a certain kind of artist means being a certain kind of person and that in and through art one gains clarity about himself and his relationship to the world.

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Enrique Martínez Celaya – Artist Talk at Miami Dade College

Thursday, Mar. 31, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

MDC Wolfson Campus, Building 7, Room 7128

300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Arts and Philosophy department will present a talk by renowned Cuban artist Enrique Martinez Celaya at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 31. The event will be held at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

Cuban-born Celaya began his artistic career after studying applied physics at Cornell University and pursuing a doctorate in quantum electronics at the University of California, Berkeley. He eventually earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994.

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