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Zilia Sánchez, Amazonas (de la serie Topologías) (Amazons [of the Topologies Series]), 1978, acrylic on stretched canvas, 43 × 70 × 11".

Zilia Sánchez

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Zilia Sánchez, Amazonas (de la serie Topologías) (Amazons [of the Topologies Series]), 1978, acrylic on stretched canvas, 43 × 70 × 11".

It’s hard to know whether to be gratified or dismayed by the number of extraordinary women artists who continue to be drawn out of the shadows of art history in their old age—gratified, of course, because they’re finally getting the recognition they’ve long deserved, but dismayed that it’s still taking so long. The latest such “case” is that of Zilia Sánchez, born in Cuba in 1926 but a longtime resident of San Juan, Puerto Rico. A prominent figure on the island—as a teacher as well as an artist—she has rarely exhibited elsewhere. This exhibition, “Heróicas Eróticas en Nueva York” (Heroic Erotic in New York), featured works primarily from the 1960s and ’70s, along with three dated 1993 and one, Conversatorio (de la serie Eros y la Comunicación) (Conversation [of the Eros and Communication Series]), dated 1993/2014. The show followed hard on the heels of an exhibition

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