|Luis Cruz Azaceta's “Swimming to Havana”|
through Jan 30, 2017 @ Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery
Event Description: “Lyle O. Reitzel presents 'Swimming to Havana' by Luis Cruz Azaceta - show EXTENDED through Monday, January 30th 2017 at LOR NY new space, 139 Eldridge St. Lower East Side, Manhattan, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with the artist’s presence. Azaceta has 5 years without presenting a solo show in the city of New York. 'Swimming to Havana' is a contradiction in itself when it refers to the body of work by a Cuban-American artist. Azaceta himself explains that one of his continuous subject-matter is that of los balseros that escape their social-political conditions by assuming the risk of crossing over to la Florida. In 2009 he conceived the idea of redirection the flow thus the idea of 'Swimming to Havana' is born. Azaceta creates the idea of Swimming back to Havana representing the implausibility of the idea for a Cuban-American, envisioning a journey between labyrinths and waterscapes.” — Read more: Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery and Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery-Facebook
About the Artist: “Luis Cruz Azaceta (born April 5, 1942) is a Cuban American painter. Since the late 1970s the paintings and drawings of Luis Cruz Azaceta have been taking the moral and ethical pulse of this country. In usually large-format works, executed with highly expressive colors, Cruz Azaceta has dealt with themes of urban violence, the type of personal isolation that comes with living in a large and overcrowded city, the hellish conditions created by mismanaged government, the abuses and oppression of dictatorships and, in a number of highly affecting works done back in the late 1980s, the ravages of AIDS. Azaceta is a true maverick ... his art does not look much like anyone else’s ... He is a devotee of visual experiment who often develops parallel series in several media at once, and he has a tendency to combine materials in totally unexpected ways, as with his extended series of photographs mounted on twisted metal stud. Last but not least, Azaceta works constantly, is extremely prolific ...” — Read more: Wikipedia-Luis Cruz Azaceta
About the Venue: “Since 1995, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery opens its doors in Santo Domingo and focuses its efforts in supporting the new artistic tendencies of the Dominican Republic, Latin America and the Caribbean. For the 2006-2010 period, it establishes itself at Wynwood Art District, Miami. For nearly two decades, being Santo Domingo its main platform, and faithful to its aesthetic proposal supporting the new, strange and extravagant, it has organised a series of exhibitions in galleries and museums in the great capitals of the world, while also taking part in several prestigious international art fairs like, ARCO 1997, Madrid, where the gallery was invited and its participation was curated by Octavio Zayas. It has also been part of ArteBa, Buenos Aires, Zona MACO, Mexico, CONTEXT Art Miami during Art Basel, and has been invited twice to VOLTA NY during the Armory Show, featuring a Solo Show by artist Gerard Ellis, as well as PULSE Miami, SCOPE Miami/New York, MiART, Milan, here the gallery featured two solo shows, by García Cordero and Bedia respectively. Also, KIAF, Korea, where it was invited to the Latin American Pavillion, and PINTA London, exhibiting “Black & White/ Rock n’ Roll”, by García Cordero, among other international participations ...” — Read more: Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery-AboutFor further information: Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery and Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery-Facebook.
Luis Cruz Azaceta, "Laberintos" - video by Lyle O. Reitzel