July 2010

Figurative, playful images in textured colors integrate the abstracted paintings of contemporary artist, Denis Núñez (born 1954). Sometimes brush on canvas, sometimes action painting with sand but always revealing calligraphic biomorphic images of the life and nature of his native Nicaragua.

The first time I met Núñez, it was in his old studio. The lanky artist and two dogs greeted me at the door along with delicious smells from the kitchen. We ascended into his aerial studio where colors and canvas collided. He showed me his work, piece by piece on the one easel located at the farthest section of the room. The parrots, goddesses, and jaguars hid amid the earthed shades of reds, yellows and blues of his rainforest series.

Contemporary Art in Central America

Contemporary art of Central America has only recently become the subject of serious research. Known for their political problems, most of the countries that comprise Central America have not been able to voice adequately their cultural developments.

Guatamala, the Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama share natural beauty and diverse ecosystems. They have indigenous treasures, religious artifacts, and colonial works of art. Modern art begins to develop in these countries in the 1920s and 1930s with the return of artists from Europe, the influences of the Mexican social realist art, indigenous influences and literary accomplishments.

The Guatemalan artist Carlos Mérida worked with Diego Rivera in Mexico and then in Europe with Klee and Miro. He creates an abstract language and geometric form in his interpretations of the themes and colors of Mayan art and Guatemalan culture. read more...

Untitled   Carlos Merida 1970
painting on paper
29" x 22 1/2"

"Las Artes de México"
Examines over three millennia of tradition and change across the broad spectrum of Mexican art and culture. On view through summer 2010.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt lake City Utah.

“Biennial de las Americas”
The Liberators Project Exhibition will showcase artists from Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Argentina and their interpretations of the Libertadores narrative as it impacts their countries and communities. We will celebrate the unifying but often neglected role of Liberators in the Americas by summoning the courage and vision to confront contemporary challenges. Through September 26, 2010.
The Museo de las Americas, Denver, Colorado

A 'dialogue' between the Mexican independent curator María Guerra, who passed away in 1999, and Dominique Liquois, the French curator who worked closely with her. Other participants include, among others, architect Alberto Kalach and a 'dialogue' between Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera. July 27.
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City

“Freida Kahlo Retrospective”
The over 120 paintings and drawings on display in the Martin-Gropius-Bau will be the most extensive exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s oeuvre to date. Through August 2010.
Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
“Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection”
Some of the most important art to come out of Cuba in the past two decades. through September 19.
Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

“The Nature of Things”
Brings together the artworks and energies of twenty-four contemporary artists from North, South, and Central America. These artists and their works participate in exploring the four themes of the 2010 Biennial of the Americas: innovation, sustainability, community and the arts. July 1st - 31st.
2010 Biennial of the Americas, Civic Center Park, Denver, Colorado

An exhibition by one of Cuba’s leading contemporary artists, Carlos Garaicoa, whose work explores the social fabric of our cities through the examination of its architecture. Through Sept 5, 2010.
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

“Pearl & Stanley Goodman Latin American Collection”
Works from the collection started in 1980s. May 8 through December 5, 2010.
Museum of Art, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. http://www.moaflnsu.org

Lithographs: a confusing term for prints

Lithographs are a type of printing used in fine art prints as well as commercial printing. Therefore there is confusion about the term lithograph when used to describe prints and a world of difference when considering a piece of art as investment or collectible. It is important to know how the processes work and how to recognize the commercial from the original, fine art print.

Lithography is a planographic process. It is a type of printmaking from a flat surface rather than a raised surface in relief printing (woodcut or block prints) or the incised surface of an intaglio (etching or engraving) print process. The resisting of water and oil is the principle used and the process depends on the chemical interaction of grease, nitric acid, gum arabic, and water. Aloys Senefelder, who invented lithography in 1798, called it chemical-printing rather than the reference of the stone (litho) matrix.

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