State of the Art: Your Weekly Guide to NYC's Latino Art

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State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or three.


Abstract Tapestry

Ana de la Cueva, an artist from Guadalajara who uses embroidery and images of lines that tangle, interweave and overlap in her work, is part of a group show exploring abstraction in contemporary painting. De la Cueva’s work is often a commentary on the economic, political, and cultural relationship between Mexico and the U.S. Her work ‘La Ruta de la Bestia’ was shown in PINTA NYC’s show in 2012 and was, in my opinion, one of the most striking pieces at the fair. This group show focuses on current abstraction and its relevancy and progression since it became a well-known expression in the art world. The opening reception for this show is this Saturday, December 7th from 6 to 9pm in Williamsburg. Here is a vid of one of de La Cueva’s embroidery pieces ‘La Maquila:’

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Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
135 Broadway,
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Alejandra Regalado: In Reference To

In Regalado’s photos, women staring straight into the camera are juxtaposed with an image of a charm. Tacones, powder boxes and wedding jewels, are some of the charms placed next to the portraits. These items are special keepsakes, treasures brought from Mexico on a migration to the U.S.. The women portrayed have all taken the arduous journey from Mexico to the U.S. at different points in their lives. In her work, Regalado exposes these intimate details from a life left behind. This can be a powerful re-personalizing of the immigrant’s image, one that pushes back against the societal dehumanization that immigrants often feel in our day and age. The opening for the show is this Wednesday, December 4, from 5 to 7:30pm.

Pregones Theater
571 – 575 Walton Avenue
(btwn 149 & 150th St, one block west of the Grand Concourse)
Bronx, NY 10451

Isabel De Obaldía: Metates

Isabel De Obaldía has a solo exhibition of her modern glass metates on the Upper East Side that closes pretty soon on December 13th. A metate is a stone used in ancient Mesoamerican cultures to grind maize, grains and other seeds. However, these aren’t exactly traditional-looking stones, nor are they functional. These metates mix contemporary material and Pre-Columbian motifs like the smiling crocodile, and are exquisite in their detail. De Obaldía was raised in Panama and draws inspiration from the region’s ancient traditions and imagery. Only a few more days until it closes, so check out her beautiful expression of a semi-lost art.

Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art
23 East 73rd Street
New York NY 10021