new-york

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Alternative Museum

Born in Cuba in 1942, Luis Cruz Azaceta emigrated to the U.S. in 1960, where he enrolled at New York’s School for the Visual Arts and developed a hard-edged approach to abstraction that he would abandon a decade later. After a trip to Europe, he shifted to a looser, more expressionistic figuration that characterizes the 22 brightly colored and dynamic paintings included in this exhibition. Drawn from the last 15 years of his oeuvre, some of the pictures can be read as allegories of life in New York City, indicated iconically by the presence of the Empire State Building, though it is clear that Azaceta’s metropolis is a signifier of the human condition in general—a nightmare world of violence, weaponry gone amok, severed limbs flying through the air, bulging eyes popping out of their sockets, and giant insects.

In Bloody Day, 1981, amputated limbs and severed heads with bulging eyes and

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