Tag : Ricardo Pau-Llosa

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LABOR: A Survey of Works by Angel Vapor, at Aluna Art Foundation, Miami

April 11 – May 17, 2014

Curated by Ricardo Pau-Llosa

Aluna Art Foundation
172-B West Flagler St.
Miami, Fl. 33130

The title of this exhibition of works by Angel Vapor (b. 1970 in Cuba, in US since 1999), Labor, emphasizes themes central to the artist’s visual thinking: the importance of craft, the focus on the everyday working man (industrial laborer, farmer, soldier, fire-fighter, among others), and the fusion of time-honored techniques in art with the intellectual rigors of conceptualism. The title also evokes the act of giving birth. All the exacting activities of human psyche—from the menial to the transcendent (samurai and meditating monks are recurring themes, as well) share equal status in Vapor’s epic view of labor as the primary joy, not the burden, of life. Mere intellectual play on aesthetic notions, onerous technicism in the name of skill, and brute toil are not, by themselves, art because they are not Labor—the activity that unifies thought, beauty, discipline, and skill and thus the only consistent and trustworthy path to personal fulfillment. Only through the fusion and intersection of disciplines and activities falsely assumed to be disparate can the imagination create original works of art whose meaning and significance may be genuinely thought of as universal.

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The Last Emptiness – Alejandro Mendoza

February 3 – February 26, 2012

Coral Gables Museum
Anthony R. Abraham Family Gallery
285 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL

Opening Reception:
February 3, 2012 from 6 to 10 PM

Talk by Art Critic Ricardo Pau-Llosa:
February 17 at 7PM

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Ricardo Pau-Llosa – Visiting artists series -Tampa Museum

Wednesday February 1, 2012

Tampa Museum and the Academy of the Holy Names invite you to:

Tampa Museum of Art
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

On February 1, 2012, the Fine Arts Department is honored to welcome AHN alumnus Ricardo Pau-Llosa (B’67) as this year’s visiting artist. The event will be held at the Tampa Museum of Art (120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602). Docent-led tours and a reception will take place from 5:00-6:00 p.m., followed by the artist’s address and Q&A from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Complimentary admission will be available for Academy guests. This year marks our eighth annual Visiting Artist Show.

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ESTEBAN BLANCO’S “PLAYING WITH DOLLS”

by Ricardo Pau-Llosa
In art, humor is always the function of wit. These two concepts are not at all synonymous. The difference lies in that humor is most often linked to content while wit operates through form, manner and structure. A joke slightly altered fails usually, or gains — which is to say, becomes another joke altogether. This truism owes its wide acceptance to the fact that jokes are linguistic constructs. Curiously, in the visual arts, even in caricature, humor is usually conceived in terms of content, which is a mistake. Abstract considerations, formalist niceties, nuances, are usually reserved for the art of reflection, the Apollonian reaches, with humor grasped within the rules of presentational immediacy, the Dionysian Now. Postmodernist impulses to reduce the visual arts to cathartic and often obscure journalism has pushed humor in these arts further into the grip of heuristics and hermeneutics — further, that is, into the realm of content and language. But humor which is the function of wit in any medium, linguistic as well as visual, is the triumph of context not content, form not image, manner not message. Wit is the gift of pause not punch, even if getting it seems instantaneous. The crash of the wave belies its oceanic biography. Case in point, the complex and lucid sculptures of Esteban Blanco.

Esteban Blanco’s works

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A 20-Year Cuban Art Collection

By Brett Sokol
January 2011

“We’re sitting in a renaissance!” Ricardo Pau-Llosa happily thundered to the crowd seated before him, gesturing to the artwork hanging inside downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower. “What more proof do you need?” It was hard to argue with Pau-Llosa’s evidence.

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