Cathy Breslaw's Installation

Cathy Breslaw's Installation
Cathy Breslaw's Installation:Dreamscape

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Never Seen Before in the U.S. - Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection at The San Diego Museum of Art

Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection
San Diego Museum of Art
Through March 11th, 2018e

Article by Cathy Breslaw

Diego Rivera   Portrait of Maria Felix      oil on canvas      1948

 Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection is part of the broadly based Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, exhibitions and associated events are taking place through March 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pérez Simón, a Mexican businessman and collector from Mexico City, generously provided 100 paintings of his over 3,000 works in collection to be exhibited together for the first time in the United States at the San Diego Museum of Art.  Curated and organized by San Diego Museum of Art Executive Director Roxana Velásquez, this exhibition covers artworks from the early 1800’s to the first decades of the 21st century. Featured artists include: Fernando Botero, Félix González-Torres, Frida Kahlo, Wilfredo Lam, Roberto Matta, José Clemente Orozco, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Rufino Tamayo. Countries represented in this exhibition are Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Uruguay. Some underlying themes of these works reference modern colonial histories with the importance of landscape painting in the formation of distinctive national identities, the development of avant-garde styles, modern depictions of indigenous peoples and customs, the age of the metropolis and modernism. Many of the artists studied with masters in Europe where they were exposed to Cubism, Futurism,  Impressionism, and other art movements, then returning to their home countries to develop and share their distinctive voices. The exhibition styles range from abstraction to realism, with portraits as well as landscapes. The approximately 70 artists included in this exhibition provide insight into the complex histories of these countries that share their beginnings as settled primarily by Spain and Portugal, but have their own notable presence and identities. Viewing this broad spectrum of paintings introduces audiences to the divergent historical and more current circumstances of Latin American countries – the variety of ethnicities, the politics and culture, as well as commonalities among them.
Frida Kahlo, Girl form Tehuacán, Lucha María or Sun and Moon (Niña tehuacana, Lucha María o Sol y luna), 1942. Oil on Masonite. Colección Pérez Simón, Mexico © Rafael Doniz.

Courtesy of tJoaquín Torres García, Composition on Sun (Composición con sol), 1943.Oil on fibreboard on chipboard. Colección Pérez Simón, Mexico © Rafael Donizhe Estate of Joaquín Torres-García.

Fernando de Szyszlo, House Eight (Casa-ocho), 1978. Oil on canvas. Colección Pérez Simón, 
Mexico © Arturo Piera.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Shi  Zhiying
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach CA
Through December 31st

Article by Cathy Breslaw

Shi Zhiying    Mars    oil on cavas    78 3/4" x 78 3/4" (3 panels)   2010

The monochromatic large-scale oil paintings of Shi Zhiying are a duality of the physical and the spiritual.
This Chinese born artist is heavily influenced by traditional Chinese ink painting creating immense landscapes of open seas, fields of grass, sand gardens and ancient sacred structures.  Zhiyng examines our relationship with the universe in the vast vistas of basic land and seascapes containing just enough references of water, land, gardens or structures to indicate their forms while allowing the viewer to sense their place within the spaces.  Her delicate and practiced use of the brush in balance with the large scale of the works radiate a particular emotive atmosphere and feeling of spirituality. There is also a feeling of loneliness and emptiness among the works while indicating themes of time and space. Aside from the landscapes there are also three large monochromatic black and white oil paintings of white marble figures of Buddhas.  These figures void of arms or hands, appear as ghost-like spirits. Also included in the exhibition is a wall installation of 100 small Buddha watercolor paintings of ink on paper and a large oil painting of hundreds of tiny Buddha figures.  These repetitive works as well as her Zen garden and sand ocean works relate to Zhiying’s personal connection to Buddhism.  Overall, Zhiying’s paintings are meditative, quiet and still, while bringing the viewer into her search for meaning and our place in the universe.

Shi Zhiying   oils on  canvas installation

Shi Zhing  Ocean #2   oil on canvas     2014

Shi Zhing   Sand Ocean #1   oil on canvas   94 1/2" x 70 7/8"   2012

Shi Zhing   Rock Carving of Thousand Buddhas   oil on canvas   78 3/4" x 118"   2014-15