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Arturo Herrera: Little Bits of Modernism

Friday, December 12, 2014Sunday, April 5, 2015

Installation view of Arturo Herrera: Little Bits of Modernism. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

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Selected from the Albright-Knox’s substantial holdings by Arturo Herrera, this exhibition gave prominence to the artist’s multifaceted practice. Herrera explores the intersection of painting, drawing, and sculpture to create what he calls, “little bits of modernism.” Working primarily in collage, paint, paper cut-outs, and relief, Herrera taps into the unconscious by merging fragments of found images and abstract shapes, creating partially obscured imaginings imbued with dark psychological undertones. These playful simulacrums contain numerous potential associations. By borrowing visual motifs from children’s books, Disney cartoons, and other sources, Herrera offers viewers multiple portals into his work. Visitors were invited to enter an imaginary world where Bambi slowly emerges from a layer of coffee stains and Snow White is forever suspended in a web-like sprawl of toxic-green paint.

This exhibition was organized by Godin-Spaulding Curator & Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes.