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2019’s Ascaso Rewind


Beyond the much commented dilemma about whether this year is the end of a decade, 2019 has been a great year for art and for its projection at the gallery level, which served as the main showcase for the creative trends of the coming times.

We have prepared a selection of the events, fairs and exhibitions that marked 2019 for ascaso gallery as an institution, and as a dissemination platform for the most representative exponents of modern art in America and in the world.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair 2019 // Source:

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair 2019

Presented by Art Miami and hosted by the City of West Palm Beach, this third edition was featured in a 65,000 square foot pavilion offered collectors, art connoisseurs and art world luminaries the opportunity to acquire investment quality Blue Chip contemporary, Post-War works from 60 top international galleries from as far as Japan, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Venezuela.

Expo Chicago 2019

Expo CHICAGO concluded its eighth edition with a record attendance of international collectors and curators alongside 38,000 visitors, exceptional presentations from exhibiting galleries and strong sales, in what was its most global edition to date. The fair welcomed back many collectors, curators, artists and art enthusiasts who could enjoy several new additions, whose ambitious presentations drew critical praise. 

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The Armory Show 2019

This 25th-year edition was originally conceived to buoy up a stagnated art scene. The event this year featured a fantastically diverse and thought-provoking array of work, from the legendary 60s artist Faith Ringgold’s quilts dedicated to black activists, to Jeffrey Deitch’s presentation of Ai Weiwei’s lego zodiac animals, to The Breeder’s eclectic selection of cutting edge Greek art. 

Abstract & Figurative Art from Venezuelan Artists of the 20th Century

One of our main dishes was an ambitious exhibition within the frame of ArtBasel Miami Beach 2018 that reviews the most important artistic tendencies in Venezuela during the 20th century. Figuration and Abstraction are the two languages that have defined the panorama of visual arts in Venezuela during the last century, that’s why this exhibition included 12 Venezuelan artists of great experience in the international art circuit. Artists whose works are fundamental references to understand the evolution of both figurative art and Abstraction in its most diverse expressions such as, for example, kinetics. The list of participating figurative artists: Héctor Poleo, Armando Reverón, Armando Barrios, Alirio Palacios, Carmelo Niño, Francisco Narváez, and Cornelis Zitman. Abstract art meanwhile represented by Jesus Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Francisco Salazar and Rafael Barrios and Victor Valera. 

Armando Reveron, Nochebuena 1948
Jesús Rafael Soto, Mural 1967

Julio Larraz: Behind the curtain of dreams

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of its foundation, Ascaso Gallery presents at its dazzling new headquarters in the cultural-artistic heart of Miami an exceptional selection of paintings and sculptures by master Julio Larraz, one of the most representative artists of the neo-figurative painting panorama of the 20th and 21st century. The showcase contemplates twenty large-scale paintings produced recently, some barely seen and others never before exhibited on the occasion of this exhibition. This exhibition has been due to its artistic and cultural reach, a must for collectors, critics, gallery owners, curators and art lovers in general. A unique opportunity to approach the magnificent works of this great Neo-Figuration master.

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To create in exile

As four million of their compatriots, many Venezuelan artists have been forced to emigrate. Far away for the homeland, the searching for a muse’s calling continues.

The exodus of Venezuelans outside its borders has also brought Venezuelan talent to other places. Venezuelan artists become famous for their art that adorns galleries, or public works, or they go viral on social media.

Other Venezuelans see this art through the streets of the cities that are now part of their day to day life. They are unaware that behind each colorful stroke hides the Venezuelan tricolor with its seven white stars, the one they were taught to draw since preschool, making a singular arc on the navy blue.

Zarabanda con Piso Azul, 2010 / Oswaldo Vigas

Expressing themselves through different media and themes, these creators belong to a consolidated and energetic group that is culturally and economically impacting the growing art scene of South Florida and the rest of the US.

Arts professionals have participated in daily demonstrations, banners and protest posters, directing performances with high political load, as well as those who have chosen to attract the attention of the audience towards unique and abstract concepts, instead.

Physichromie N 2406, 2002 Mixed media on aluminum 100 x 200 cm 39.3 x 78.7 in

Artists are also recording history by documenting protests in photography and video, leading to a massive documentary project that, beyond the political dye, explores aesthetic features and the search for identity in the creative diaspora.

What previous generations of Venezuelan artists could not see at the time, is now possible. There is the illusion of contributing through artistic expression to the construction of a lost country. The country that served as a cradle for names like Reverón, Loyola, Soto or Cruz-Diez, or many others that are even considered nationals of the lands where they settled, at different times.


Through the ages, art has been a mirror of what an uncomfortable generation has had to live with the establishment. Art is made today by living artists. As such, it reflects the complex issues that shape our diverse, global, and rapidly changing world. Through their work, many contemporary artists explore personal or cultural identity, offer critiques of social and institutional structures, or even attempt to redefine art itself.

In the process, they often raise difficult or thought-provoking questions without providing easy answers. Curiosity, an open mind, and a commitment to dialogue and debate are the best tools with which to approach a bunch of artists, with a continuous necessity to express that. 

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Our new gallery: A moving ahead space

Here’s the thing, it’s 1989 and collector Antonio Ascaso establishes the headquarters for a new art gallery in Valencia, Venezuela. The purpose is to showcase prominent co fellow Latin-American emerging artists and give them visibility in the competitive world-class art world.

In 2002, Ascaso Gallery inaugurates a 21,500 square foot four-story building designed by Jaime Cardenas in Caracas and fastly becoming one of the most relevant Latin American Gallery in the Americas. Ascaso Gallery emphasized in museum-quality exhibitions and projecting Venezuelan consecrated maestros as well as contemporary artists.

By December 2010, the gallery opens a third location in the trendy Wynwood Arts District of Miami, Florida. The gallery grows while diversifying as a referential space into modern and contemporary art.

With a program that has run for thirty years supporting artists like Jesús Soto and Carlos Cruz-Diez since their early stages, in 2019 Ascaso Gallery relocates to a new exhibition space in the Arts & Entertainment District.

With this major movement, the Gallery seeks to deliver an ambitious program dedicated to Modern and Contemporary Art and its capacity within the local and international context. This new atmosphere holds an 11,500 square foot space in Downtown Miami, Florida, near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts just a few blocks North from The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

The gallery’s roster includes major historical master artists and newly discovered authors and creators. Over the years, The gallery has undertaken representation of Jesús Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz Diez, Luis Tomasello, Victor Vasarely, Victor Valera, Dario Pérez Flores, Oswaldo Vigas, Julio Larraz, Francisco Narváez, Rafael Barrios, Fernando Botero, Cornelis Zitman, James Mathison, Jiménez Deredia, Alirio Palacios, José Antonio Dávila, Ignacio Iturria, Carlos Medina, Santiago Medina, Carmelo Nino, Arturo Correa, Arturo Michelena, Armando Reverón, Hector Poleo and Feliciano Carvallo. Ascaso gallery’s collection also encompasses Jim Dine, Jeff Koons, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Salvador Dalí, Manolo Valdés, Wilfredo Lam, Fernando de Szyszlo, Rolando Peña, Vik Muñiz, and Francisco Salazar, among others.

Still, its branch in Caracas and its headquarters in Valencia possess as their most precious assets a lengthy trajectory and well-earned prestige in the art market, offering the general public an important portfolio of artists and works, characterized by the ample variety of their exhibitions and unmatched quality of their services.

By reaching Florida almost a decade ago, our institution assumed the chance to offer the people of Miami and its surroundings a new alternative for cultural and artistic interaction, fostering encounters, introducing proposals of various tendencies and projecting many different manifestations of contemporary and modern art in their salon.

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Behind the dreams of a symbol

A symbol is a sensitive and nonverbal representation of a complex idea, and that results from a process of assimilation and synthesis of that idea in a culture. The word originates from the Latin term simbŏlum, and it comes from the Greek σύμβολον (symbolon). It is formed from the root without, which means ‘with’, ‘together’ or ‘united’, and ballein, which means ‘launch’. Therefore, in an etymological sense, a symbol is that which is thrown to unite.

The symbols have the function of transmitting complex or abstract ideas, whose density is difficult to summarize in everyday language. They do not explain the concepts as language does, but they allow those concepts to be communicable and understandable by exposing both the unconscious and the subconscious.

Au Revoir , 2016 Oil on canvas 60 x 72 in 152 x 183 cm

Therefore, the symbols allow mediating between the visible and the invisible, the concrete and the abstract. That is why the image of a ship that at first glance seems common, can instead mean a whole passage and a dream building typical of dreams, or even nightmares. Contraband (2018), or his older cousin Au Revoir (2016) are symbols already of master Julio Larraz, one of the most representative artists of the neo-figurative painting panorama of the 20th and 21st century who has an exceptional selection of paintings and sculptures exhibited, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Ascaso Gallery, as well presenting it at its dazzling new headquarters in the cultural artistic heart of Miami.

Behind The Curtain of Dreams ”(2019) it’s the name of this showcase, which permits to contemplate twenty large-scale paintings produced recently, some barely seen and others never before exhibited on the occasion of this exhibition. Also, a set of five large and medium-sized sculptures cast in bronze will complete the artwork selection.

Because of such a high volume of works, this show is meant to be the most important exhibition in recent years within the international circuit showing maestro Larraz. The public will be able to experience the audacity of this teacher and his ability with the figurative synthesis of the pictorial language, which has so much inspired the new generations of Neo-figurative artists of this century.

This exhibition will be due to its artistic and cultural reach, a must for collectors, critics, gallery owners, curators and art lovers in general. A unique opportunity to approach the magnificent works of this great Neo-Figuration master, one of the main dishes already for all those who come to Miami from all over the world in search of the latest developments in the international circuit of contemporary art during the Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 fair.

Larraz’s paintings and sculptures can be admired in all its expressive dimension at the Ascaso Gallery’s spectacular new headquarters located in Miami’s cultural artistic central axis. A space of 11,500 feet remodeled by the architect Johnny Lazo, that is integrated into a powerful tour consisting of the Adrienne Arsht Center, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Museum of Art and Design, the Frost Museum of Science and the Spanish Cultural Center.

The new exhibition space presents two imposing rooms with the latest generation on intelligent luminaires design, high struts, and large open and fluid spaces. The conception and cleanliness of the space removes everything that can get in the way between the viewer and the artwork. The sum of all these attributes makes it a space that will revolutionize the exhibition dynamics of the contemporary art circuit.

With “Julio Larraz. Behind The Curtain of Dreams,” Galería Ascaso completes a cycle of three exhibitions on the work of artist Julio Larraz, beginning with“ Coming home ”(2013) and “ Made in USA” (2016), both held in the old gallery headquarters at Wynwood. In this way, “Julio Larraz. Behind The Curtain of Dreams” comes to round out this broad and profound cycle of solo-shows around a fundamental figure to understand the development of neo-figurative art.

Ascaso Gallery is pleased to invite you to visit our new spaces, Ascaso Gallery Miami, 1325 NE 1St Ave. Miami, FL 33132.

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How modern art influenced

Latin American artists

1863 is remembered as one of the most memorable years in art history. It was in this year that a rebel French painter named Édouard Manet finished the painting called Le Déjeuner Sur l’Herbe (‘The Luncheon on the Grass’), which was rejected by the official selection of critics and academics of the Paris Salon.

By the intervention of Napoleon III, the rejected works were part of an alternative selection in a different wing called El Salon des Refusés (‘The Hall of the rejected’), where those works that undermined the respectable themes of bourgeois society, the pictorial techniques taught by the academy, and “good taste” may be gathered. Modern art was born.

Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe. Édouard Manet

Some time later, firms such as Manet, Cezanne, Monet, Gaugin, among others, would lay the foundations for artistic avant-garde and a cornucopia of slopes, contrasts and pictorial revolutions that marked the twentieth century.

The influence of originally European movements such as impressionism, constructivism, surrealism, abstract expressionism, and so on, fertilized the seed of the so-called Latin American avant-garde, which laid the foundations of what is now considered modern art in the region.

Les Grandes Baigneuses Paul Cézanne about 1894-1905

If it had not been for a Picasso there would not be a Diego Rivera; If it were not for a Monet there would be no Armando Reverón; If it were not for a Dalí there would be no Remedios Varo. There are so many names: Antonio Berni, Leon Ferrari, Juan Loyola, Jesús Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, among others, artists who drink directly from an anti-academic fervor but make it their own, endowing it with Latin American past and reality.

The dominant narrative of modernism that places Latin American and Latino art in the margins emerged as a widely recognized if variably practiced field of political speech and movement.

Many initiatives employed the critique of cultural, political, and economic institutions as devices to fuse art with dystopic societies or to penetrate and subvert the repressive machinery of the state.

Vue d’Auvers (h. 1873). Paul Cézanne

During the dictatorships, Latin American artists employed conceptual strategies to undermine repressive measures and censorship, with the aim of establishing signs of disagreement that would allow critical structures to persist, in spite of the political situation.

The end of the 20th century represented a time of transition in art. It not only meant a change of the century, but the prelude to the change of the millennium. The artists sensed the need to rethink previous schemes in a new way of approaching artistic creation, a new conception of the creative act.

Jesús Rafael Soto / Doble escritura picolina, 1999
Carlos Cruz-Diez / Physichromie No. 933 / 1977

It could be argued that the Latin American art category, as we understand it today, really emerged around the 1970s. Whatever its exact origin, it has been evident to art historians, connoisseurs, and the general public that for more than 50 years, Latin American artists have made some of the most significant contributions to the traditions of Conceptualism, the Minimalism and the Art of Interpretation.

Whenever there is a need to raise your voice to modify reality or the passing environment, to challenge the limits of comfort and assumed modernity, art will be there to shake the foundations and tell us, inside or outside the gallery, that a “beyond” is possible.

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Exploring Art Fairs Parnassus in Miami in 2019

As a relatively new mecca for contemporary art, Miami programs for this December are the best way to close with gold one of the most prolific years for the American and international scene. Here are some of the trendiest events and exhibitions to close the year:

Miami will become the perfect scenario for Eric Ginsburhg’s Fridge Art Fair return, in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week. Ginsburg reaches for exploring the concept and illusion of living as cult director and artist John Waters pet Siberian Husky, “Aqua Net” in Baltimore. Maryland. He says: “While I was physically present and living in Manhattan, I spent the last year on sabbatical exploring the notion of living as ‘Aqua Net’. Ginsburg’s curatorial skills are unmatched as his experience as a visual artist transcends into his unique vision of design and special relations.

BB Chokra performance outside at the Watermill Center, December 18, 2010

SCOPE Miami Beach is back to its sacred shrine on the sands of Ocean Drive and 8th Street. SCOPE will welcome 134 diverse contemporary exhibitors featuring The New Contemporary, a genre that stands as a critical contribution to both global politics and local community engagement. 

 Prizm Art Fair

Dec 2 – Dec 8

Prizm exhibits international African artists featuring its seventh edition of global presentations by selected national and international galleries and its special curated section. This 2019 edition will be organized around our central focus, “Love in the time of hysteria”, illustrating how love, compassion, and respect endure in a social environment plagued by divisive political rhetoric, unprovoked inflammatory attacks against members of marginalized communities and broad social unrest.

Hampton Art Lovers presents Point Comfort Art Fair and Exhibition, a presentation that will show African-American contributions to American fine arts. The fair is inspired by the history and legacy of The theme of the commemoration of the 400 years of the first Africans brought to American shores as human beings enslaved in 1619 in Point Comfort, Virginia. The quintessential of this showcase is a blending between sociology, culture, and art.

Art Miami 2019

Dec 3 – Dec 8

For about a week, people will have the opportunity to explore stunning immersive pieces; guests will be able to attend performances, artist discussions, and workshops during the shows. The programs are satisfyingly designed to bring to Wynwood both traditional art collectors and some of the brightest minds in the creative art and tech fields.

To make planning your cultural experience a little easier, Ascaso Gallery (Booth AM208A) is pleased to participate in the 30th Anniversary of this fair, presenting works by Carlos Cruz-Diez, Victor Valera, Luis Tomasello, Rafael Barrios, Salvador Dalí, Fernando Botero, Oswaldo Vigas, Francisco Narvaez, Julio Larraz, among others.

As an exclusive featuring, Ascaso’s branch in Venezuela -Galerias Ascaso Caracas- will be introducing some selected works of kinetic art master Jesus Rafael Soto.

Art Basel 2019

Dec 5 – Dec 8

An exclusive selection of more than 200 of the world’s leading international Modern and contemporary art galleries will display artworks by over 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art. Visitors can find works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces. 

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