On the occasion of its first collaboration with Venezuelan art collector Tanya Capriles Brillembourg, LOOP presents William Kentridge’s work Sonnets (2012) at the Cercle del Liceu. Edited to the rhythm and sound of Shakespeare’s sonnet 18, Sonnets is a flip-book film created from panels of colour painted onto book pages, the hues of which correspond to an exploration of colours for a future production of Alban Berg’s Lulu. Representative of Tanya Capriles’ vivid interest for contemporary art at large, Sonnets is part of a wider collection of works built over forty years that mainly represents Latin and Central American artists. Among them are renowned figures such as Diego Rivera, Fernando Botero, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Joaquín Torres-García, Emilio Pettoruti and Armando Reverón.
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Liliana Porter: Other Situations at the El Museo del Barrio. On View September 13, 2018 - January 27, 2019
Other Situations is a non-linear survey of Porter’s work from 1973 to 2018, which explores the conflicting boundaries between reality and fiction, and the ways in which images are circulated and consumed. Organized by SCAD Museum of Art and curated by Humberto Moro, SCAD Curator of Exhibitions, this is the artist’s first museum solo show in New York City in more than 25 years. The exhibition highlights the fundamental distinction that Porter creates between the notions of “narrative” and “situation” in contrast to the structures implicit in most stories that suggest a relationship with time, and in which the artist is not interested. In her work, the past and future of an action becomes irrelevant in light of the urgency and absurdity of the problems faced by the figures portrayed. Sometimes paired in conversation or arranged in larger groups, Porter’s characters — a pantheon of cultural figures such as Elvis Presley, Che Guevara, Jesus, Mickey Mouse and Benito Juárez — evokes questions about representation, image dissemination and public life, and are particularly relevant in present times, when the fields of politics, spectacle and celebrity culture collide and merge. Among the significant pieces included in the exhibition are Porter’s 1970s photographs alluding to space and the body, and more recent works like the “Forced Labor” series, in which the artist utilizes miniature figurines to make a statement about reality, labor and self-awareness.