Welcome to 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.
Harmony of the Spheres: Maria Berrio
Colombian artist Maria Berrio is showing new and gorgeous textured collages that ponder the feminine bonds with a tropical nature. You’d think the competing patterns of droopy florals, retro geometries, and glittering circular motifs that decorate the figures in her large scale works would create an irrational aesthetic, but instead, the pieces are fantastically coherent. The women in her artworks exude a tranquil understanding with wild animals like owls, butterflies, and parrots. Even a tiger and flamingo are gently embraced by female figures in Berrio’s pieces. Berrio makes exquisite work you should absolutely see in person. The show will be up at Praxis until November 7th.
541 West 25th Street
New York, NY
Using rare 8×10 polaroid film, Cuban artist Jose Picayo gives a vintage flair to portraits that capture the front and back of a model’s head. His photographs are a contemplative outcome of the reflections he’s had while walking behind strangers around the city. More conceptually, the show aims to explore the parameters around human expectation and reality. There will be a reception this Wednesday, September 16th, from 5:30 to 8:00pm, and the exhibit will be up until November 1st.
Robin Rice Gallery
325 W 11TH ST
New York, NY 10014
Upon entering this exhibit of artists who live and work in Cuba, the viewer must pass under a cloud of rainbow-colored and elongated snorkel tubes that jut from the ceiling. This piece along with the others attempt to comment, critique, or describe themes that allude to a Cuban cultural context. Afro Cuban creation stories, sculptures addressing historical scars such as slavery, paintings, and photographs are all part of the 15-person show. The reception is Thursday, September 17th from 6 to 8pm.
524 W 26 ST
New York, NY 10001