Excerpt: Forbes Magazine
By Risa Sarachan
January 22, 2021
Leading arts and media institution of the last 40 years, BRIC, will present Latinx Abstract, beginning January 21st and running until May 2, 2021. The groundbreaking exhibition acknowledges the exclusion of Latinx artists within America’s abstract art history and explores how it could expand. It will focus on ten cross-generational contemporary artists: Candida Alvarez, Karlos Carcamo, Maria Chavez, Alejandro Guzman, Glendalys Medina, Freddy Rodriguez, Fanny Sanín, Mary Valverde, Vargas-Suarez Universal, and Sarah Zapata. The artists utilize different media and they come from a range of experiences and age groups. Their work features a large and diverse range of influences. Latinx Abstract is curated by BRIC’s chief curator and author of Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History, Elizabeth Ferrer. Located in Brooklyn, BRIC has showcased diverse work in contemporary visual and performing arts, as well as media and civic action for over forty years. This exhibit will be presented both in-person and virtually.
The artwork showcased in Latinx Abstract has been influenced by historical art that ranges from pre-Columbian to modernist. The exhibit examines the possibilities of abstract art and the notable overlooking of the contributions Latinx artists made to the abstract movement in American painting in critical discourse. Numerous Zoom discussions in conversation with the artists featured in Latinx Abstract are free to the public.