“Beatriz González: A Retrospective” spans six decades of González’s work and research that addresses cultural and political issues specific to Colombia. The exhibition gives a look at a Modern Colombian Art pioneer who displays a unique outlook of the postwar period in Latin America.
“I work with figurative art… This characteristic distinguishes it from other Colombian expressions,” González explains.
González’s name is synonymous with the global Modern Columbian Art movement, in large party due to her unique, iconoclastic method of appropriating images from Western art history, as well as the commercial printing and mass media outlets of Colombia. She continues to pull from newspaper images and art history items in her recent work as well. In fact, her latest pieces have grown in complexity based on composition as well as the use of collages from various media perspectives and sources.
Arranged in a loose chronological order, the exhibition includes González’s most well-known pieces including many not seen outside of Colombia. It unfolds the different stages in González’s creative and intellectual explorations of mass-media images as vehicles for her personal approach and also the representation of key facets of Colombian society and its relationship to Europe and the United States.
“My work clarifies and points out aspects of my country,” explains González.
“Beatriz González: A Retrospective.” Thursday, April 18 to September 1 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; pamm.org. Admission costs $16 for adults, $12 for students, seniors, and youth ages 7 to 18, and free to members, active U.S. military, and children 6 and under.