Art New York 2017

May 04, 2017 - May 07, 2017
Pier 94 12th Avenue at 55th Street New York, NY 10019

COLOMBIAN ART IS A RESOUNDING SUBTLETY


Beatriz Esguerra Art is pleased to participate in Art NY, featuring works by eight Colombian and one Cuban artist who each transform their vision and perception of their heritage, history and culture into unique works that reflect the universality of human experience. The works, highly sophisticated in form and content, discreetly and tastefully present powerful messages that concern not only Colombia, but the world as well.

“Colombian art is one of the world’s best kept secrets; a resounding subtlety, quietly shouting to be discovered. Artists are inspired and influenced not only by their constantly changing reality, but also by the varied politics, customs and histories that result from a complex geography” says owner Beatriz Esguerra. “Colombia is a country of passion, magical realism, beauty and humor. All of this comes through in its artists’ works.” (Outlet Mag, Jan 3, 2017)

Photographers Mario Arroyave, Max Steven Grossman and Luis Carlos Tovar each deal with fundamental contemporary issues.  Grossman examines concepts of extinction and preservation, presenting idealized libraries that determine what should be valued and remembered over time. Arroyave, just awarded an Honorable Mention at the 77th International Photographic Salon of Japan, channels his own obsession with the passage of time into choreographed movements that repeat themselves, playing with the traditional notions of temporality. Tovar explores and deconstructs identity and collective memory, working with immigrants in Colombia and abroad. His most recent book, Cartographies of Escape, published by IILA (Italo-Latin American Institute), was launched last year at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome and is now available for sale at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Of our figurative artists, Carolina Convers uses collage and color to study the evolution of women's role in society. Armando Castro’s beautiful drawings simplify urban life, slowing it down to singular moments, forcing us to look more closely at the little things we often overlook in our complex and relentless society. Colombian-based Cuban artist Juan Carlos Rivero-Cintra’s striking portrayal of people within worlds of unrealistically large fruits and vegetables explores notions of memories and escapism, imploring viewers to question commonly established perceptions of reality. Carlos Alarcón, who is terrified of dogs, portrays them with humor in his deceptively simple and provocative drawings, ironically finding amusement within his greatest fear.

Abstract artists Santiago Uribe-Holguin and Pablo Posada approach their creative process in distinctly different manners. Posada works in glass, forming elegant wall and floor sculptures that contemplate the perpetual flow and forces of nature.  The abstract canvases of Uribe-Holguin are warm and textured, creating a nuanced language drawn from the European formalist movement. They depict the varied Colombian landscape, chimeras of memory, and the spiritual value of the daily act of painting.
 
Despite their varied perspectives they are all greatly influenced by Colombia, rooted in the land, history, politics and culture of one of America's oldest democracies. Each has a unique vision and voice that while locally shaped, reflect the global issues that currently inform contemporary art.

For images and additional information, or to set up an appointment, please contact Beatriz Esguerra at 941 448 0918 / 305 260 6445 or email her at beatrizesguerra@gmail.com. 
About Beatriz Esguerra Art:

Founded in 2000, Beatriz Esguerra Art has worked tirelessly to promote selected artists from Colombia, both in Latin America and globally. The gallery believes in creating a crucial dialogue between both Colombian and international artists through curated exhibitions that explore universal themes. BEA began exhibiting in the US in 2010 and has developed a strong following through art fair participation and special exhibitions. www.beatrizesguerra-art.com


Beatriz Esguerra
Director
Beatriz Esguerra Art

Cra. 16 No. 86A-31, Bogotá, Colombia
+57(1) 530-0339 / +57 (310) 249 5591

346 NW 29th Street, Miami, FL 33127, USA (By appointment)
+1 (305) 260-6445 / +1 (941) 448-0918

beatrizesguerra@gmail.com / be@beatrizesguerra-art.com