Five-Minute Tours: Liliana Porter at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, Houston

by Glasstire April 3, 2020

Note: the following is part of Glasstire’s series of short videos, Five-Minute Tours, for which commercial galleries, museums, nonprofits and artist-run spaces across the state of Texas send us video walk-throughs of their current exhibitions. This will continue while the coronavirus situation hinders public access to exhibitions. Let’s get your show in front of an audience.

See other Five-Minute Tours here.

Liliana Porter’s solo exhibition Red Brush and Other Situations at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, Houston. Dates: March 19 – May 16, 2020. 

Curatorial text by Tobias Ostrander: “The red brush that is the subject of the painting is displayed as involved in a process of trying to clean or make order out of the chaos represented, by sweeping the fallen objects to one side.”

Via the gallery: “As Ostrander notes, ‘With all of Porter’s works there is always the sensation of a wink or knowing smile being implied. She is consistently the clever savant playing the role of the innocent child looking to understand or construct meaning. Her works perpetually escape irony however, through their projection of the sincerity of their investigations.’

“A native of Buenos Aires, Liliana Porter relocated to New York in 1964. In 1965, along with artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo, she co-founded the New York Graphic Workshop, which produced prints while redefining conventional models for making and distributing art.

“In addition to her print work, Porter’s art engages with notions of time, memory, and emotionality that define the human condition via the forms and movements of small flea-market figurines and found objects across austere backgrounds. Porter’s dry wit and sophisticated sensibility carry through across media, and she describes her art as ‘interested in the simultaneity of humor and distress, banality and the possibility of meaning.’

“Porter’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Tate Modern, London, UK; La Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; British Museum, London, UK;  Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA); and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, among many others.”

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