The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Wednesday, August 17, 2022


Solo exhibition of works by Ray Smith opens at Stux + Haller
Ray Smith, Unguernica II-38, 2009. Mixed media on paper.



NEW YORK, NY.- Stux + Haller announces Ray Smith: Unguernica Drawings, a solo exhibition that includes works exhibited in 2013 at the Museo Casa Natal, Picassoʼs childhood home-turned-museum in Málaga, Spain. Recently brought back from Spain, the drawings are being shown here for the first time in the United States. Accompanying the series of drawings is a selection of paintings from Smithʼs expansive thirteen-year project, Unguernica.

A critique of war echoing into our 21st century, the tapestry reproduction of Picassoʼs Guernica was long exhibited at the UN, serving as the backdrop for speakers at the central podium. In February 2003, it was controversially shrouded by an opaque blue curtain when then-Secretary of State Colin Powell gave his address advocating for the invasion of Iraq. In witness of the startling hypocrisy of such an act, Smith was spurred into motion. In this show we see the results of this UNguernica speech, an archive of societyʼs continual march into war against reason.

Smith is ultimately interested in the “undoing of the undoing” – a translation of Picassoʼs disintegrating figures and forms. He uses the visual language of the parlor game Cadavres Exquises, or the Exquisite Corpse, to summon creatures made of shards of the victims in Guernica. The resulting figures are striking – surreal, yet familiar; alien, yet intensely human. Guernicaʼs silent scream is contorted, morphed into shrapnel, and sent hurtling back to us 79 years after the fact.

Ray Smith emerged in the NY art scene in the 1980s and continues to produce exuberant paintings and sculptures characterized by a blend of Magical Realism, Surrealism, Modernism, and his bi-cultural American and Mexican heritage. His work reflects the influences of early studies of fresco painting with traditional practitioners in Mexico and the politically daring Mexican muralists. The artist has held more than 50 exhibitions around the world during the last two decades, mainly in the United States and Mexico, but also in Japan, Europe, and South America. He participated in the 1989 edition of the Whitney Biennial in New York City. Smith exhibited at the First Triennial of Drawings at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, and took part in the group exhibition Latin American Artists of the 20th Century, which traveled from Seville, Spain, to the Musée National dʼArt Moderne at the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Kunsthalle in Cologne, Germany, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Smithʼs paintings are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, the Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, amongst many others. He currently splits his time between New York and Cuernavaca in Mexico, and his ranch on the Texas/Mexico border.










Today's News

April 27, 2016

Fire at National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi destroys rare collections

First major retrospective in Africa devoted to the work of Alberto Giacometti opens in Rabat

Christie's announces highlights from its Spring auction of Magnificent Jewels

Unseen Beatles footage released by Australia's national film and sound archive

Curator Iris Müller-Westermann appointed new director of Moderna Museet Malmö

Pivotal periods in art history reflected in Heffel's 2016 spring live auction collection

Christie's announces spring sale of American Art taking place on May 19 in Rockefeller Plaza

New Prunella Clough exhibition at Jerwood Gallery traces brilliant career of British great

London's Big Ben to fall silent for months during "desperately" needed repairs next year

Ruiz-Healy Art exhibits works by one of the master illusionists of late 20th century art, Pedro Friedeberg

Fine association copies & true first edition of Anne Frank's Diary in Swann Galleries' May Literature Auction

Collapse/Rebirth: Sculpture by Fujino Sachiko and Futamura Yoshimi on view at Joan B Mirviss Ltd.

Messums celebrate Eardley Knollys - an artist and dealer of taste and charm with the ability to spot talent

Transhumance: The CAB in Brussels opens new exhibition

Artist chosen by classic car auction house H&H Classic as its artist in residence

Bllanton organizes exhibition of Peruvian photography from the 1960s through present

Pavlov's Dog exhibits the work of David Hiepler and Fritz Brunier

New from Laurence King Publishers: 'Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress'

Minneapolis Institute of Art appoints Curator of Decorative Arts

Solo exhibition of works by Ray Smith opens at Stux + Haller

South Africa's anti-apartheid theatre battles on after 40 years

Buzzing vernissage, strong attendance from collectors, and significant sales at Art Brussels

Palestinians unveil gift of giant Mandela statue

RaebervonStenglin opens Yuri Ancarani’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful