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Lecture: Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz, The Impossible Reflection: A New Approach to African Themes in Wifredo Lam’s Art (Cuba, 1902-1982), Oxford, 8 February 2018

Wifredo Lam, The Jungle, 1943, MOMA, New York

Thursday 08 February 2018, 5 pm, University of Oxford, Latin American Centre Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz (B.A the University of Havana, Ph.D. Yale University, 2004), is an Art Historian with expertise in African and Caribbean artistic, visual and religious practices, whose work challenges traditional disciplinary boundaries and examines the varied understandings of – and engagement with – ‘art’ and ‘visual culture’. Following professorships at Havana’s High Institute of Art from 1993-1997, the Rhode Island School of Design from 2002-2004 and Stanford University from 2004-2013, Martinez-Ruiz joined the University of Cape Town, where he has served as the head of the Art History and Discourse of Art Department since 2013. He is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, hosted by Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, and a Senior Fellow at St Antony’s College. His books include Kongo Graphic Writing and Other Narratives of the Sign, Temple University Press, 2013 (English) and El Colegio de México, 2012 (Spanish); Faisal Abdu’Allah: On the Art of Dislocation, Atlantic Center of Modern Art Press, 2012 and Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and his Worlds, Yale University Press, 2007, for which he received the College Art Association Alfred H. Barr Award. Other recent publications include Ma kisi Nsi: L’art de habitants de region de Mbanza Kongo, in Angola figures de pouvoir. (Paris: Dapper Museum Press, 2010); Writing Bodies in the Bakongo Atlantic Experience, in Performances: Challenges for Art and Anthropology. (Quai Branly Museum Press, 2010); Funerary Pots of the Kongo in Central Africa, in African Terra Cotta: A Millenary Heritage. (Geneva: Musee Barbier Mueller Press, 2008), The Impossible Reflection: A New Approach to African Themes in Wifredo Lam’s Art, in Wifredo Lam. (Miami: Perez Art Museum Press, 2008). In addition to his research and teaching, Martinez-Ruiz is an active curator, whose shows have explored issues of visual communication, dislocation and hybridity in the work of contemporary artists across the African diaspora. He also serves as an editor for the Cuban Studies Magazine and Harvard’s Transition Magazine and was a researcher for Pacific Standard Time AL at the Getty Foundation and the Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles California from 2014-16.

Convened by Eduardo Posada-Carbo


Art from Latin America Today (London)

2016-08-SouthLondonGalleryLogoUnder the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today

South London Gallery, Camberwell, London
10 June – 4 September 2016

Touring exhibition from the Guggenheim MAP Initiative, showing works by some 20 contemporary artists born after 1968 and curated by the Guggenheim’s MAP curator of Latin American art, Pablo León de la Barra. The exhibition of installations, paintings, performance work, photography, sculpture, and video includes work by the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who has also created (with the help of staff from Kew Gardens) a permanent garden for the South London Gallery.

This is the final venue on the exhibition’s international tour, following display at the Guggenheim Museum, New York in June 2014 and the Museo Jumex, Mexico City in November 2015.


V Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez International Prize “The Art of the Baroque” 2015

Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez International Prize “The Art of the Baroque” 2015
The Focus-Abengoa Foundation is pleased to announce the forthcoming Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez International Prize “The Art of the Baroque”. As a university professor and as director of the Prado Museum, Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez (NVPR-OMNM) was an outstanding historian of Spanish and Italian Baroque Art.
The Foundation awards this prize in order to promote exceptional study and research into Spanish Baroque Art and its possible relationship with Europe and the Americas.
The jury will also consider works with a multidisciplinary or integrative focus.
Deadline: 30 September 2015
Further details: Please click here

Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, London

2014-06-HelioOiticica-RA exhRadical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, Royal Academy Sackler Wing, 5 July – 28 September 2014. Explores the innovative geometric abstract art that South American avant-garde artists created from the 1930s to the 1980s. The exhibition co-curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Director of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection in New York and Caracas, and Adrian Locke (of the Royal Academy, who curated last year’s RA exhibition of Mexican art 1910-1940), includes works by Argentinian, Brazilian, Uruguayan and Venezuelan artists. It investigates their relationship to the continent’s social, political and cultural circumstances, such as the links between modern geometries in 1930s and 1940s Uruguay and the work of Joaquín Torres-García and those of the ancient Inca. Other artists include the Brazilian Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark and Venezuelan op-artist Carlos Cruz-Diez