Full length portrait of an unidentified a young African American girl wearing a formal white princess gown with gloves. Daniel Murray, photographer. 1899
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Marisol’s Poignant, Politically Charged Pop Portraits Finally in Spotlight at Museo del Barrio and Metropolitan Museum of Art  

I can’t wait to see Pop provocateur Marisol’s life-size self-portrait at the Met, being watched as she watches her 3-D version of Leonardo’s Last Supper. Talk about the artist being present. 

I used to see Marisol, who is now in her mid-80s, at gallery openings around New York. This was after her wave of ’60s fame as a rising star at Castelli and Documenta and as an intimate, and artistic subject, of Warhol. Women’s magazines celebrated the Paris-born beauty—whose family was Venezuelan—as the “Latin Garbo.”

Over the decades, Marisol’s visibility decreased, for reasons including her gender, ethnicity, and the edginess of her works, which seduced with their ramshackle wit even as they disturbed with their provocative approaches to race, religion, politics, and sex. Scholars found her sculpture inconvenient to classify. 

By 2000, as Boston Globe critic Sebastian Smee puts it, Marisol “had been essentially erased from the history of postwar art.”

He was celebrating the long-awaited retrospective that opened last summer at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, part of a gradual Marisol revival that is bringing this underrated artist back to the spotlight. 

Last week, her astonishing renderings of figures—Pocahantas, John-John Kennedy, The Holy Family, Magritte, Horace Poolaw, and herself, to name some—arrived at New York’s El Museo del Barrio, part of the survey of 30 sculptures and works on paper.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has just installed Self-Portrait Looking at The Last Supper (1982-84), Marisol’s spectacular 3-D translation of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, perspective intact, into a life-size tableau.

It is a bittersweet moment for curator Marina Pacini, who worked on the retrospective for a decade. The artist still lives in New York, but she was not able to attend the exhibitions.

Check out this excellent guide to Marisol’s work and join the Marisol revival at #meetmarisol.  


Ruben Aubrecht
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"Full Circle"
For upcoming exhibit Digital Renaissance, opening October 17th at Gauntlet Gallery
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EXHIBITION: New Work by Lakin Ogunbanwo, Oct 8 - Nov 15, 2014

WHATIFTHEWORLD introduces its first exhibition with Lakin Ogunbanwo. Working at the confluence of fashion photography and classical portraiture, young Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo creates enigmatic portraits with an erotic and subversive undertone. His subjects exist defiantly in the frame often masked by shadow, drapery and foliage. His use of vibrant flat colour and bold compositions form a more minimalist homage to the african studio photography popular in the 1960s and 70’s.

Pop. Fashion. Vogue. Ogunbanwo’s camera looks with the gaze of one curious of the language of desire. His images celebrate the sculptural nature of the body. The texture of a scar, hair or clothing are agents to draw our awareness to the body as a form, sculpted by light and muscle and clothing. The lustre of skin is enhanced through oiling and juxtaposes the naked with the clothed. Ogunbanwo’s figures are sculpted by light and framed as objects by the camera reminiscent of Robert Mapplethorp or Man Ray. Rather than colour, it is light that defines Ogunbanwo’s images. 

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This sculpture by Issac Cordal in Berlin is called “Politicians discussing global warming.”
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Elaborate Afro-textured Hairstyles

"The tightly spiraled hair of Africans makes it possible to design and shape it in many ways impossible for the straighter hair of Europeans."

-Thornton, John. Africa and Africans in the making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1680. Cambridge University Press. 1992. p. 230

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Nude by Kwesi Abbensetts
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Canvas  by  andbamnan