Roberto Diago and Abstraction
January 9 – February 28, 2015
Roberto Diago was known by his criticism of racism and the social conditions of black people in Cuba. He used found materials such as rough metal pieces that were part of fences, or wood elements from old houses, to visually emphasize their difficult situations. Later on, he continued working with the same thematic but with a different visual language and turned to abstraction, exploring the many possibilities that textures offer. The results of these subtle changes were the pieces exhibited: almost monochrome works, in which the narrative rests in the intricate surface made out of textures such as in an ongoing series representing keloids (the black skin cicatrization process.)
Abstraction brought together pieces by internationally prominent abstract artists such as Larry Poons, Frank Stella and Mark Tobey with other artists who have dedicated a period of their life to the movement. The pieces were placed side by side establishing a dialogue between artists such as Stella with Luis Cruz Azaceta and Poons with León Ferrari. The differences and similarities are raised by contrast and associations. Some were working within the style in the fifties, when it rose to the art world’s attention, while others are still finding it suitable to express their ideas.