Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann
A riot of color roars to usher in Art Basel season with the exhibition “Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann.”
A towering figure among postwar New York School painters, Hans Hofmann is famed for his push/pull spatial theories and dynamic approach to color.
Hofmann was not only a revered painter, but is also recognized as the most important teacher and theoretician of the Abstract Expressionist movement. This exhibition is the first to focus on Hans Hofmann’s varied and under-appreciated mural projects and explores his public mosaic projects through paintings, mosaic studies and project drawings.
Hans Hofmann: Walls of Color showcases the 1950 collaboration between José Luis Sert and Hofmann for redesigning the Peruvian town of Chimbote.
Carlos Estevez: Celestial Traveler
“My obsession,” says Cuban artist Carlos Estevez, “is to peer into both worlds: the internal world of human nature and the invisible, spiritual universe that surrounds us.”
Equal parts scientist, philosopher and visual alchemist, Estevez opens the doors to his cabinet of curiosities examining humanity’s relationship with the universe. His artistic quest is anchored in philosophical inquiry and inspired by occult traditions such as alchemy.
Encompassing over 2,000 square feet, the exhibition spans nearly 20 years of the artist’s trajectory with more than 35 works of art (many on view for the first time), including mixed media sculptures, assemblages, installations and works on paper. Estevez is known for presenting visual metaphors that reflect humanity’s essential philosophical questions about the mysteries of life.
Carola Bravo: Blurred Borders
If history tells us anything, it’s that cultures and populations are not static. Societies shift and populations move, driven by war, poverty or persecution, and pulled by opportunity and hope.
Migration and Immigration are emblematic of the American condition and themes of change, exile and assimilation form the core of Carola Bravo’s new series of works.
Venezuelan-born, Bravo is known for her immersive site-specific installations and videos.
Carola Bravo: Blurred Borders addresses space, time and shifting territories.
The artist mines her personal history for inspiration, evoking political, psychological, poetic, and pragmatic manifestations of the contemporary migrant experience.
Learn more about the artist at www.carolabravo.com.
Rufina Santana: Cartographies of Water
Hailing from the Canary Islands, Rufina Santana has been profoundly influenced by her homeland.
Formed from rugged volcanic rock, replete with rare flora, and surrounded by the ocean, the islands have shaped her visual vocabulary. For Santana, art and nature are inseparable and the way in which they intersect informs the scope of her work. Learn more about the artist at www.rufinasantana.com.
Ramón Espantaleon: The Temptation
Ramon Espantaleon: The Temptation features works that are part of a series entitled First Apple, expressing the artist’s ideas about the origin of the world. Using the technique of pointillism, the artist has reinterpreted and applied over the volumetric representation of the island of Manhattan, also known as the Big Apple (fruit of discord associated with the creation of mankind through Adam and Eve).
The artist represents Michelangelo´s “Temptation and Expulsion” from the Sistine chapel ceiling, and paints it over Manhattan. More about the artist at www.ramonespantaleon.com