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- DescriptionIn this examination of the art of Rafael Ferrer, Deborah Cullen considers the creative evolution of the Puerto Rican born, U.S.-based artist, widely recognized and critically acclaimed for postminimalist environments constructed during the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s Ferrer turned to painting, producing vibrant figurative canvases that depict life in the Caribbean an apparently abrupt change that surprised the art world.Cullen traces Ferrer s trajectory, beginning with his early experiments in surrealism and continuing to the small-scale collages, chalkboard drawings, and paper-bag faces that represent his latest work. She explores the links that tie these works together, including Ferrer s concern with current events and personal memory, his deep understanding of art history, and his restless, probing curiosity.Now in his seventies, Ferrer is, as Cullen tes, more productive than ever. Pizarras (Blackboards), a major installation piece from 2005 and 2006, is composed of ninety-seven wood-framed slate tablets filled with grisaille paintings that combine Spanish wordplay and iconic shapes and doodles. The blackboards mark Ferrer s continued involvement with urban discourse and commitment to his role as a chronicler of his culture.
- Author BiographyDeborah Cullen is director and chief curator at Columbia University s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.
- Author(s)Deborah Cullen
- PublisherUCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press
- Date of Publication01/07/2012
- SubjectIndividual Artists / Art Monographs
- Series TitleVer
- Place of PublicationLos Angeles, CA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, colour illustrations
- Weight544 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine13 mm
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