New Paintings
May 1 - May 29, 1992

Starting Friday, May 1 the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will open an exhibition of new paintings by Luis Cruz Azaceta. The exhibition will consist of two series of works made over the last year and a half, one dealing with aspects of American culture and the other human psyche. In both series Azaceta maintains a palette limited largely to black and white. 

In the first series the artists focuses on American people and places. I Love New York, for example, a painting 10 x 8 feet, depicts a souvenir stuffed dog holding a heart on which the title is inscribed. The dog is surrounded by words laid out in grids referring to cultural and personal landmarks throughout the city.

The second group offers several startling paintings that mark Azaceta's return to a more surreal imagery. In an homage to William Borroughs titled Guardian of the Eggs, for example, the artist depicts himself as a hornet, while in another his head is seen floating beside an empty boat.

Luis Cruz Azaceta, whose exhibition the AIDS Epidemic Series has been touring the U.S. since last year, was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant as well as a grant from the Penny McCall Foundation. 

The Azaceta exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on Friday, May 1st from 5 to 7pm, and will continue through the month of May. The Frumkin/Adams Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 6, and from 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays.