The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, February 27, 2015


Ana Mendieta's late works from 1981-1985 are focus of exhibition at Galerie Lelong
Ana Mendieta, Ochún, 1981, 3/4 inch Beta SP tape, sound, transferred to DVD. Running time: 8:12 minutes. Edition of 6 © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.
NEW YORK, NY.- The sculptures, drawings, photographs, mixed media works, and films in Ana Mendieta: Late Works 1981-1985 at Galerie Lelong reveal Mendieta’s translation of her ephemeral practices in the landscape to independent art objects. Beginning in 1980, Mendieta took several trips to her birth country of Cuba. These visits brought a resolution that allowed the completion of her identity-oriented works and the seeking of an aspect of universality. In 1983, Mendieta left New York to begin a fellowship and residency at the American Academy in Rome, a period that redefined her creative process. Her time in Rome influenced the organization of the current retrospective at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin and inspired a documentary film currently in post-production, Itali-Ana, Mendieta in Rome, directed by Raquel Cecilia. The exhibition at Galerie Lelong opens during Frieze New York, with a public reception on May 10th from 6-8pm. The artist’s sister, Raquelin Mendieta, will be present.

In the 1980s, Mendieta began to shift away from performative, documented work as exemplified in two of her last films, Ochún and Birth from 1981. These films depict siluetas, potent traces of the artist’s body in the landscape, transformed by the ocean tide or ignited gunpowder. In 1982, she began creating numerous drawings directly onto fresh leaves she found in the landscape, using a variety of tools such as nails, needles, and pencils. Like her outdoor site-specific works, she embraced the natural effects of time on objects, such as the shifting color and texture of the leaves as they dried. Mendieta sought to fuse earth and form in her drawings, photographs, and sculptures. She created several sculptures that year including Fernwoman (1982), a unique sculpture standing close to five feet tall. Carved in an anthropomorphic shape from an Osmunda fern root, this work recalls primitive art. Mendieta often repeated imagery in different media, such as the “labyrinth” figure seen in La Concha de Venus (1981-82), a drawing on amate (bark) paper, and in outdoor sculptures molded in mud which she then photographed. Works like these not only show Mendieta’s continued interest in imagery of the female body, but also show her attempt to make her work more accessible to art audiences and collectors in the 1980s.

Mendieta’s late sculptures translate her familiar silueta-like forms into more tangible objects that became less specific to her own body and not tied to an exact location. This development can be seen in the floor sculptures Figure with Nganga (1984) and Untitled (1983-84), which show an affinity to works she made in the landscapes of places like Cuba, Iowa, and Mexico. A breakthrough in her practice at this time was combining imported sand and soil – from different locations significant to her including Cuba, the Nile in Egypt, and the Red Sea – with different binding materials to create indoor floor sculptures that carried the energy of these places. She also began making free-standing sculptures from hollowed tree trunks and wooden slabs that could rest against gallery walls. Ranging from five to seven feet tall, the wood pieces required physical rigor to transport from the forest to the studio, where she carved and burned organic patterns onto the surface. Mendieta’s archives from this period reveal that she had a strong interest in creating permanent works like these sculptures on a larger scale for public art projects. Unfortunately, some of these projects, such as her plan for an installation in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park, were never realized due to her untimely death.

Ana Mendieta: Late Works 1981-1985 is the ninth solo exhibition of Mendieta’s work at Galerie Lelong, which has represented her Estate since 1991. Mendieta has had over 30 solo exhibitions worldwide, at museums including the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Kunstmuseum Luzern; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. This January, the Castello di Rivoli began the second wave of large-scale retrospectives with the exhibition Ana Mendieta: She Got Love, which closes on June 16, 2013. The Hayward Gallery in London will open a retrospective curated by Stephanie Rosenthal on September 24 this year. In 2015, the Katherine E. Nash Gallery of the University of Minnesota will present an exhibition devoted to Mendieta’s films curated by Howard Oransky.





Today's News

May 10, 2013

Monet's Garden: The Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris opens at the National Gallery of Victoria

Getty Museum acquires a Rembrandt self-portrait and a Venice painting by Canaletto

An enormous quarry dating to the Second Temple Period was exposed in Jerusalem

Frieze New York: Leading international contemporary art fair opens second edition in New York

Archaeologists find human remains of about 28 individuals thought to be approximately 1,500-2,500 years old

Impressionist 'chef' by Chaim Soutine cooks up record art sale at Christie's in New York

Italian luxury knitwear legend Ottavio "Tai" Missoni dead at 92 after heart trouble last week

First exhibition devoted exclusively to Donald Judd's multicolored works opens

Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke wins Spain's Prince of Asturias prize for arts

The cuisine of painting: Still lifes, gastronomy and other matters of taste at the Valencian Institute of Modern Art

Marlborough Fine Art presents artist Hughie O'Donoghue's "A Need for Gardens"

Jill Newhouse Gallery in New York exhibits for first time the work of Gerard Mossé

Ana Mendieta's late works from 1981-1985 are focus of exhibition at Galerie Lelong

Chagall tops Bonhams Impressionist & Modern Art Auction in New York

Wellin Museum presents artist Dannielle Tegeder's first solo museum exhibition

Cristin Tierney announces partnership with Denis Gardarin

New paintings, photographs, and sculpture by Tofer Chin on view at Lu Magnus

Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq published by University of Texas Press

Solo exhibition of new work by Millie Wilson on view at Maloney Fine Art

Salvador's 'Pompeii' in need of help, UNESCO chief visits

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Leonardo da Vinci exhibition offers a very rare look at artist's fascination with beauty

2.- The Barnes Foundation discovers two sketches by Paul Cézanne behind watercolors

3.- From dust to digital: Millions of images from the world's endangered archives made available

4.- Exhibition at Kunsthaus Zurich explores Europe’s view of Japan in the 19th century

5.- Gustav Klimt's world-famous painting 'The Lovers' now available as a gigapixel photograph

6.- Belvedere highlights both the political and social aspects of The Congress of Vienna

7.- Crystal Bridges debuts an exhibition of masterworks from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

8.- Rarely seen masterpieces from Europe's greatest dynasty on view in Minneapolis

9.- Rouen to open new museum dedicated to tracing the history of French heroine Joan of Arc

10.- Retrospective exhibition of Vivian Maier's photographs opens at Willy-Brandt Haus



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
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
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