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Opens Today: Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island), The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, until 19 May 2019

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Zilia Sánchez Afrocubano (1957) Oil on canvas, 27 ½ × 21 ½ in., Private collection, Madrid

The Phillips Collection presents the first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana). This long-overdue exhibition examines the artist’s prolific yet largely unknown career that spans almost 70 years, featuring more than 60 works including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, and sculptural pieces, alongside illustrations, design sketches, and ephemera. The exhibition traces Sánchez’s artistic journey from her early days in Cuba to her extended visits to Europe and residence in New York, and finally her move to Puerto Rico, where she now lives and works. Many of Sánchez’s works reference protagonists from ancient mythology (such as Trojans, Amazonians, and Antigone—all warriors and female heroines). Others have reoccurring motifs of lunar shapes, erotic topologies, and tattoo drawings that map physical and psychological spaces and add another dimension to her curvilinear geometry, rich with metaphorical meaning. The exhibition title, Soy Isla (I Am an Island),​ serves as a personal metaphor for Sanchez’s experience as an islander—connected to and disconnected from both the mainland and mainstream art currents.

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Exhibition: Francisco Oller (Brooklyn & Puerto Rico)

2015-09-Francisco_Oller-BrooklynExhibition:
Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and his Transatlantic World

Brooklyn Museum, 2 October 2015 – 3 January 2016.
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, opening 26 January 2016.
Curated by Richard Aste and Edward J Sullivan.
Related publication:
Edward Sullivan, From San Juan to Paris and Back: Francisco Oller and Caribbean Art in the Era of Impressionsim (Yale University Press, 2014)