Abstraction has been part of the art tradition since its worldwide acceptance in the first half of the XX Century and is very much alive today. Looking at a diversity of artworks from different perspectives it is easy to see why abstractionism has survived. With that thought in mind we organized this collective exhibition in which we show different approaches to abstract art.
We bring together pieces by artists from different countries, periods and trajectories. Some are very well known internationally while others are best recognized in their own countries. Among the artists in the exhibition are:, Louise Nevelson, Ted Larsen, Howard Sherman, McKay Otto (USA), Agustín Cárdenas, Raúl Martínez, Hugo DeSoto , Carlos González, Carlos García, Raúl Milián, Loló Soldevilla, Antonio Vidal, Sandú Darie, Hugo Consuegra (Cuba), León Ferrari , Kazuya Sakai, Ernesto Berra, Alicia Penalba (Argentina), Hope Brooks (Jamaica), Wosene Kosrof (Ethiopia/USA) and TIGA (Haiti).
Some of these artists dab at abstraction as part of their creative journey, as is with Ferrari and Raul Martinez, while the rest can be seen as maintaining it as a sort of more permanent trend.
Other artists such as Raúl Milián devoted much of their work to abstraction. Milián’s work, always in small scale, looks like a little vignette. The intimacy of his work is directly connected to his shy personality and the fact that he didn’t exhibit very often. His consistent use of dark colors connects with this idea.
McKay Otto’s minimalist pieces have very smooth, delicate surfaces. He brings what seem like isolated elements and makes them the central object of the piece; selected images glow in the dark. In this same direction can be seen Ted Larsen’s work: in a way Larsen’s work is also minimalist, since his use of elements is very basic, but his use of recycled materials takes the work to another level.
There is a small historical section in the exhibition with works by a group of artists who were working in Cuba in the Fifties. They were part of a short lived group that did abstract work. Known as Los Once (The Eleven) their work marked a brief period in the history of Cuban Art during which abstractionism dominated. Unfortunately this group hasn’t had the proper exposure in the context of Cuban Art, which has been predominantly figurative. The artists in our exhibit are Agustín Cárdenas, Raúl Martínez, Guido Llinás, Hugo Consuegra, Antonio Vidal and Francisco Antigua. In the same section we included pieces by Loló Soldevilla and Sandú Darie, two painters who worked around the same period. Abstract sculpture is included in the exhibition as for pieces by Agustin Cardenas, whose organic work transcends his time.
Perhaps the best know artists of this exhibition, with a solid international trajectory, are Louise Nevelson, León Ferrari and Alicia Penalba but that doesn’t affect the dialogue that is established between all of them: from “concrete art” as in Loló Soldevilla to a more expressionist approach like Carlos García’s. All artists have their own contribution, whether they place more emphasis on color or on form.