New York

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Frumkin/Adams Gallery

For the better part of two decades, Luis Cruz Azaceta has painted himself in and out of fashion: he explored the expressive possibilities of the figure in the ’70s (long before it was cool to do so) and then restlessly pursued different avenues within neo-Expressionism long after its critical moment had passed. A native of Cuba, this longtime resident of New York City recently relocated to New Orleans, a move which precipitated a major stylistic shift in his painting. His exquisite, heavily layered surfaces and somber palette have given way to flat, bright, even decorative canvases, but a closer look at both form and iconography reveals a continued engagement with the darker side of life.

Of the eight paintings featured in this show, Peripecias de un Balsero (Peripatetic boatman; all works 1993) most powerfully represents the “New Paintings: New Orleans” series in which Azaceta has reprised

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