The Week in Art: Andy Warhol Takes Hollywood and Beatriz Santiago Munoz at El Museo del Barrio
Catch up on what you missed.
This week, openings included “Letters to Andy Warhol” in LA’s West Hollywood and Beatriz Santiago’s show “A Universe of Fragile Mirrors” at El Museo del Barrio in New York. Here are some highlights and reasons to get out and see some galleries this weekend.
Opening Reception for “Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors” at El Museo del Barrio
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz offered VIP guests a private tour of her new exhibition on January 11. The third show in the museum’s five-year series showcasing Latina artists, “A Universe of Fragile Mirrors” deals with issues that are specific to the Caribbean, like the US’s former military base and bombing site on Puerto Rico, but that resonate on an international scale.
“The military is a global enterprise… it’s all really tied together,” Santiago Muñoz told artnet News, who views the election of Donald Trump as the continuation of forces already at work. “Now suddenly we have a child king. We have to deal with madness now.”
While a musician played the bongos in the lobby and guests sipped champagne, it was a much quieter, reflective mood inside the gallery, which saw on display videos dealing with issues of post-colonialism in Haiti and the artist’s native Puerto Rico. “The works very much require a devoted viewer,” admitted curator María Elena Ortiz. “They’re long and durational.”
Opening Reception for “Letters to Andy Warhol,” presented by Cadillac
A star-studded crowd, including Heidi Klum, Rachel Zoe, and Lady Victoria Hervey, was on hand in Los Angeles as Pittsburg’s Andy Warhol Museum teamed up with Cadillac to showcase Andy Warhol’s artwork and illustrations, paired with new work inspired by the Pop Art great. The travelling exhibition kicked off in Manhattan in November, and will head to Miami next month.
Opening Reception for “Boris Lurie: Life After Death” at Westwood Gallery
The weekly Thursday-night gallery crawl saw art lovers flock to Soho’s Westwood Gallery, which held an opening for its new exhibition of paintings, collages, and sculpture by Boris Lurie. The Holocaust survivor helped found the anti-establishment underground NO!art movement in the 1960s, as a response to the art world’s embrace of Pop and Abstract Expressionists.
Gallery founders Margarite Almeida and James Cavello welcomed guests including Village Voice publisher Peter Barbey, painters Charles Hinman and Aldo Tambellini, and Lynn Gumpert, director of the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, which is holding a concurrent exhibition of Lurie’s work.
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