Luis Cruz Azaceta
OJ Knife
1995
acrylic, polaroids on canvas
117 1/2 x 72"
LCAp 133
Luis Cruz Azaceta
God
1994
acrylic, polaroids on canvas
118 x 76 1/4 inches
LCAp134
Luis Cruz Azaceta
La Familia/Balseros
1994
acrylic, charcoal, Polaroids, shellac on canvas
84 x 108"
LCAp 135
Luis Cruz Azaceta
Ojo (Eye)
1994
acrylic, polaroids on canvas
120 x 120"
LCAp 136
Luis Cruz Azaceta
Divorcee
1994
acrylic, polaroids on canvas
120 x 73"
LCAp 138

Press Release

New Paintings

May 5 - Jun 2, 1995


During May, the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will show selections from a new series of paintings by Luis Cruz Azaceta. Titled Stripped Bare, these new works feature a palette limited to earth colors and black reflecting a radical departure from his previous works. In addition, each painting is dominated by a single large image that incorporates polaroid photographs and a word that works with - or against - the painted image. 

In this show Azaceta focuses on domestic, seemingly mundane, images such as a bed, a violin and an exercycle. And in each case Azaceta shows how loaded these images can be. For example, one of the central images in the show is a big four-poster bed that incorporates the word "Ojo (Eye)", along with candid polaroid photographs of the Azaceta family. With all the elements combined, Ojo becomes a voyeuristic glimpse into the artist's private world. The image of the violin in another painting becomes a pun when combined with polaroids of guns and the word "Terror."

Azaceta was recently the subject of a ten-year retrospective exhibition at the Alternative Museum in New York. He is also included in "Murder," a traveling exhibition which opened at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, and this year's New Orleans Museum Triennial.


Exhibition Checklist

1. OJ Knife, 1994
acrylic and photographs on canvas
117 1/2 x 72 inches

2. Ojo (Eye), 1994
acrylic, polaroids on canvas
120 x 120 inches

3. God, 1994
acrylic, polaroids on canvas
118 x 76 1/4 inches

4. Divorcee, 1994
acrylic, polaroids on canvas
120 x 73 inches

5. La Familia/Balseros, 1994
acrylic, mixed media on canvas
84 x 108 inches