Luis Cruz Azaceta: New Paintings
October 17th – November 15th, 1989


Starting October 17th, the Frumkin/Adams Galley will show a group of new, large paintings by Luis Cruz Azaceta. Best known for his self-portraits, this exhibition marks a dramatic departure from his previous work as he has abandoned the human figure. The tone of the show is established by a 10 square foot painting, “Bed Time Stories” which deals with the extinction of the human race. Other subjects are racial conflict (“A Question of Color”), slum living (“Tough Bloody Neighborhood”) and AIDS.


Azaceta has long been working with the theme of AIDS, and the body of work that resulted is being assembled for a 1990-91 traveling exhibition organized by Eileen Shepard of the Queens Museum. Two acrylic wash drawings will also figure prominently in the gallery’s Visual AIDS exhibition planned for December 1st.


The Azaceta exhibition is accompanied by a color brochure reproducing two paintings and an essay by Susana Torruela Leval excerpted from her forthcoming article on the artist for Arte En Columbia.


The Azaceta exhibition will run from October 17th through November 15th, with a reception for the artist on October 20th. The Frumkin/Adams Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 6 and from 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays.