"I wanted with all my heart to paint the drama of my country, but by thoroughly expressing the black spirit, the beauty of the plastic art of the blacks." Wifredo Lam.
Miami, February 21, 2020. Please join us for the opening of the exhibition Wifredo Lam and the Black Spirit as we celebrate Black History Month. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 27 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Gary Nader Art Centre, Wynwood Arts District, Miami.
Presenting masterworks from throughout the career of one of Cuba's most celebrated artists. A highlight among those showcased in this exhibition is the monumental painting Le Guerrier, an example of the artist hybrid identity, an abstracted, geometric hallucinating angular figure with a robust suggestion to tribal sculpture.
Hermès Trismégiste is another outstanding work where the energy and mystery of the bursting figures depict a synthesis of animal-human-vegetal...creatures surging from a blurry, almost idyllic background.
In Figure - Femme Cheval, Lam metaphorically embodies Afro-Cuban spirituality in the figure of the horse-headed woman. Valerie Fletcher notes that "in Santeria symbology, a horse signifies the possession or empowerment of a devotee by an orisha; when a practitioner becomes possessed, that person is described as being ridden by that spirit."
"I have tried to relocate black cultural objects in terms of their own landscape and in relation to their own world. My painting is an act of decolonization, not in a physical sense but in a mental one," Lam declared.
Imágenes de la Exposición
Sans Titre, 1960, Oil on canvas, 53 3/4 x 47 1/4 in. [136.5 x 120 cm.]
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