New Paintings and Mixed-Media Installation
Jan 7 - Feb 1, 1992
On Friday, January 7th, the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will open an exhibition of new works by the Cuban artist Jose Bedia. Included in this exhibition are five large-scale, irregularly shaped canvases that were recently featured at the Bienal in Havana, and a mixed-media installation which the artist will create specially for the show. This is Bedia's second exhibition at the Frumkin/Adams Gallery, and the first comprehensive showing of his work in the United States.
Jose Bedia is best known for the installations he made for Art of the Fantastic, which toured the U.S. in 1988, for Magiciens de la Terre at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1989, for the 1990 Venice Bienale, and for The Bleeding Heart, currently at the ICA in Boston and which will tour the U.S. in 1992. Several of Bedia's large-scale paintings were seen this summer in the inaugural exhibition of the Museo de Art Contemporaneo in Monterrey, Mexico where a survey of Bedia's work is planned for early 1993. A selection of the paintings from the current exhibition will travel to the Art Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, for exhibition during February and March.
Among the paintings in the current exhibition is an untitled work dominated by the image of a large bison with a human head, a branding iron and a pistol (found objects) attached to its flank. In another, Lo Inevitable, a female fertility figure is shown silhouetted against a bright yellow ground with a steel animal trap hanging at her loins. In Animales Turistas, a wry commentary on the current economic conditions in Cuba, a group of curious animals are show looking out from a bus at a decaying city. The central theme of Bedia's work, man's relationship with the natural world, comes from the artist's involvement with the Afro-Cuban cult of Santeria as well as ritualistic practices of the North Dakota Sioux, with whom the artist lived in 1985.
Jose Bedia was born in Havana, Cuba in 1959. He graduated from the Instituto de Arte Superior, Havana in 1981. In 1982 he was awarded Grand Prize in the Cuban National Exhibition and in 1986 he won First Prize at the Second Bienal of the Third World Counties held in Havana. Bedia is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, the Porin Museum, Finland, the Museum of Fine Arts, Caracas, and the Arkansas Art Center and Philadelphia Museum of Art in the United States.
The Jose Bedia exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on January 7th and run through February 1st. The Frumkin/Adams Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 to 6 and from 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays.