Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased to announce our participation in The Armory Show 2020, presenting an exhibition of works by Gustavo Díaz [Argentina, b. 1969] and Liliana Porter [Argentina, b. 1941], with text written by independent curator Tobias Ostrander.
As Ostrander notes, "While the practices of each artist represent distinct aesthetic trajectories and generations, they share several conceptual interests and strategies. Scale is important for both artists, specifically the use of small size compositions, which range from the miniature to the microscopic. This structuring intentionally creates intimate situations that draw the viewer into special acts of looking, which often result in the creation of moments of wonder, miraculous events appear to occur, or philosophical questions are generated. Time is an additional interest of both artists, particularly an understanding and articulation of non-linear time, often inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges and his use of simultaneously occurring temporalities within his narratives, in order to articulate time as solely existing as metaphor, as non-linear and subjective in character."
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gustavo Díaz currently resides in Houston, TX, where he continues to investigate the subject he has been researching for over ten years: the behavior of complexity. Díaz presents his findings through intricate, abstract works on paper and installations that map the conceptual connections between disparate, yet related, theories, from Chaos Theory to Dissipative Structures and Fuzzy Logic. Díaz's work is included in many private collections worldwide, and in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Fine Arts Museum System of San Francisco (Legion of Honor, de Young Museum, & Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts), San Francisco, CA; the Noble Energy Collection, Houston, TX; The Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology, Houston, TX; Proyecto A Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Balanz Capital Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina, among others.
Also 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. Porter’s work often places carefully chosen small figurines and other objects in monochromatic empty backgrounds, addressing larger philosophical questions and emotional states. Alongside printmaking, she has also worked extensively in the media of photography and video, and has created works on canvas, drawings, collages, and installations.
Porter's work is included in the permanent collections of many museums worldwide, including Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; The New York Public Library, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Bronx Museum for the Arts, Bronx, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Boston, MA; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, MA; Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, PA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; 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), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santander, Spain; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, among others.
Gustavo Díaz's solo exhibition Incompleteness: The Poetics of the Intangible is on view at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino in Houston, Texas through Saturday, March 14, 2020 and Liliana Porter's solo exhibition Red Brush and Other Situations opens Thursday, March 19, 2020.
For more information, please call 713.529.1313 or email William Isbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Melissa Caspary at email@example.com.
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Wednesday, March 4 (by invitation only)
Thursday, March 5, 12–8pm
Friday, March 6, 12–8pm
Saturday, March 7, 12–7pm
Sunday, March 8, 12–6pm
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