Calor, 1993
oilstick on paper
30" x 22 ¼"

 

 

For Immediate Release

. . . .Adam Baumgold Gallery presents Calor, an exhibition of works by Rafael Ferrer, from February 8 - March 16, 2013. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings, works on paper, and sculpture from the last four decades based on theme of Calor (Heat). Tropical imagery of maps, islands, local characters, and palm trees references the artist's life in the Dominican Republic and his native Puerto Rico, and his vivid memories of these places.

. . . .Included in the exhibition is the large painting Dulzura, 1993 of a local woman balancing a basket of fruit on her head, with sea and sky in the background. This scene evokes the light and heat of the islands. In her review of Rafael Ferrer's 2010 retrospective Retro/Active at El Museo del Barrio, Roberta Smith said of the paintings from this period:

By the late 1980s Mr. Ferrer was making what could be his strongest works: visually and emotionally fraught paintings depicting radiant, shadow-pocked scenes of makeshift tropical dwellings and their inhabitants. These update modernism's calculated faux-primitivism with a vaguely photographic angularity. Image and paint collude uncannily, and the play of light and dark can be almost hallucinatory. Every form has a double life and nature intrudes from all sides.1

. . . .Also in the exhibition is a large series of densely colored oil stick on paper works such as La Gallina, 1991 and Sombrero de Palma, 1991, which evoke the lifestyle of the people and the lush environment, yet hint at the turmoil of Caribbean life.

. . . .Throughout his career, Ferrer has synthesized figuration and abstraction. In large, colorful, gridded map works from the 1970s such as El Golfo, and 1976 La Luna y La Palma, 1979, the artist "combines the rational with the emotional, the linear with the coloristic, and Florentine restraint with Venetian sensuality."2 In the sculpture Lam, 1996, Ferrer merges landscape and figure by arranging three gourds on a steel armature to suggest the torso of Wilfredo Lam, an artist Ferrer befriended in the 1950s.

. . . .Rafael Ferrer was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1933. He has exhibited extensively, and was included in the groundbreaking Anti-Illusion: Procedures/Materials at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969. Ferrer has participated in two Whitney Biennials, a solo installation at the Whitney in 1971, and in 1974 was among the first artists to do a "Projects" installation at the Museum of Modern Art. Retro/Active, a retrospective of his work, was held at El Museo del Barrio in 2010. In 2011 and 2012 Ferrer had survey exhibitions at Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York and at the Lancaster Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. This year the artist's work will be included in Re-Making When Attitudes Become Form, curated by Germano Celant in Venice, Italy.

. . . .Ferrer has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972 and 1989, and was awarded a Guggenheim Grant in 1978, a Pew Fellowship Grant in 1994, and an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 1998. In 2010 he received the Annalee and Barnett Newman Foundation Grant recognizing his independence and individuality. Ferrer's work is included in the permanent collections of the MoMA, the Whitney, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, El Museo del Barrio, NY, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Lehmbruck Museum, Germany, as well as many other public and private collections. He currently lives and works in Greenport, NY and New York City.
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1. Smith, Roberta. NY Times. June 10, 2010.
2. Grand, Stanley. Rafael Ferrer Works on Paper: A Survey 1952-2012. 2012. Lancaster Museum of Art, Pennsylvania.

 

Dulzura, 1993
oil on canvas
56" x 42"

 

 

 

Lam, 1996
mixed media
44" x 24" x 24"

 

 

 

Lam Y Hoja, 1996
oil stick on paper
42" x 29 1/2"

 

 

 

La Gallina, 1991
oil stick on paper
30" x 22 ¼"

Sombrero de Palma, 1991
oil stick on paper
32" x 24"

 

Dos Piñas Secas, 1990
oil stick on paper
23 ½" x 31 ¾"

 

 

Untitled (Pineapple), 1990
Unique glazed ceramic plate

15" diameter x 2"

 

 

Homar, 1995
mixed media
36" x 24" x 24"

 

 

Viento, 1986
graphite on paper
12" x 9"

Untitled, 1983
ink on paper
12" x 9"

 

 

 

 

La Luna y La Palma, 1979
oil stick, paper, mylar
44" x 60"

 

 

El Golfo 1976
oil stick, paper, mylar
44" x 60"

 

North Pole, 1976
oil stick, paper, mylar
44" x 60"

 

 

La Escena, 1981
oil stick, paper, mylar
44" x 60"

 

 

 


Divas, 2005
Mixed Media
12" x 15"


True-he-yo, 2005
Mixed Media
9
" x 12"


Espejismos, 2005
Mixed Media
9
" x 12"


51 State Bridge, 2005
Mixed Media
9
" x 12"

 

Untitled, 1988
watercolor
10" x 14"

Untitled, 1988
watercolor
10" x 14"

 

 

Tres Islas Veces, 2005
Mixed Media
21 1/2" x 21 1/2"
detail 1, detail 2, detail 3

 

 

La Cara de Dios, 1978
mixed media

40" x 40" x 3"

 

 

Untitled (Vista Interior, La Barbacoa), 1989
watercolor
10" x 14"

Untitled (View from the Studio, La Barbacoa II), 1990
watercolor
10" x 14"

 

 

 

El Cantante I, 1981
oil stick on paper
30" x 22"

 

 

 

 

Traitor #41, 1980
oil stick on paper
30" x 22"

 

Traitor #40, 1981
oil stick on paper
30" x 22"

 

Traitor #24, 1980
oil stick on paper
30" x 22"

Traitor #20, 1980
oil stick on paper
30" x 22"

 

 

La Farona II, 1982
oil stick on paper
30" x 22"

 

 

 

El Poeta, 1981
oil stick on paper
30" x 22"

 

 

 

OTHER AVAILABLE WORKS

 

Contraband, 2011
gouache, acrylic on blackboards
72" x 120
"
DETAILS

 

 

Catalog
RAFAEL FERRER: Works on Paper

A Survey
1952-2012
Signed by the artist

Available at the gallery

 

Bio:
Rafael Ferrer
Press:
New York Times - Roberta Smith
  Brooklyn Rail - Interview by Barry Schwabsky
The Nation
  Da Wire
ArtNexus.com