"Brevisima Relacion de las Destruccion de las Indias"
Nov 21 - Dec 31, 1992
On Saturday, November 21, the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will exhibit paintings and installations by the Cuban artist Jose Bedia. The installations include elements from an even larger work previously exhibited this fall at the Museo Carrill Gil in Mexico City as well as a work created specially for this exhibition.
The Museo Carillo Gil installation is titled Brevisima Relacion de las Destruccion de las Indias (A Short Tale of the Destruction of the Indians), and has as its central theme the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. The title is taken from the first account of the Spanish conquest of the Americas written by Fra Bartolome de las Casas in 1552. The new installation, titled Pequena Venganza de la Periferia (The Little Revenge from the Periphery), features a nineteenth century poster illustrating the then-popular concept of the "White Man's Burden." In addition there are recent paintings and a drawing that refer to various aspects of Cuban culture, including folk songs, Santeria and Afro-Cuban traditions.
Jose Bedia has had two previous exhibitions at the Frumkin/Adams Gallery featuring his paintings on canvas and drawings on amate paper, but he is perhaps best known for his installations. He has made large, multi-media works for such exhibitions as Art of the Fantastic organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Magiciens de la Terre at the Centre Georges Pompidou, and Myth and Magic in America: The 1980s at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Monterrey, Mexico. He represented Cuba with a large installation in the 1990 Venice Biennale. He is included in the ICA, Boston's Bleeding Heart exhibition, currently touring the U.S., and MoMA's Twentieth Century Latin American Artists which, following a European tour, will open in New York this spring.