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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.

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 Varo Remedies. 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.

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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Why contemporary art will help you to improve your collection 2019

Over the years it has been claimed that a good collection is a matter of style, aesthetics, marketability, and lifestyle. Experts usually call in on ‘trends’ when they aim to talk about the hottest galleries in town. But, what does define a "good collection" after all?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary says that art is “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects”. Assuming this, is it something related to that so-called "tasteful art"? Does it have anything to do with how ornate pieces are, or with the complexity of messages in them?

The truth is that a good collection in 2019, reshapes the spaces and atmospheres to achieve a polished projection involving aesthetics, comforting, design, and message. At the end of a chaotic decade in every society, art ought to be able to transmit the fury of the ongoing generation with a refined spirit of creation. 

Art galleries’ goal is to provide the most comprehensive and accurate listing of fine art pieces on the trend. It is important to note that while the spaces for the promotion of the arts demand the interaction of geometric volumes in abstract constructions, this resource is frequently crafted by some creative minds.

Julio Larraz is a prominent Cuban artist who through the formal analysis of spaces and atmospheres surrounding common daily life objects, aims to get an absolute definition of aesthetics and design on modern life has become a reference in neo-figurative painting panorama of the 20th and 21st century.

Behind the Curtain of Dreams’ is the name of Larraz solo exhibition, which urges the audience to contemplate an amount of more than 40 large-scale paintings. This show is meant to be the most important exhibition in recent years within the international circuit showing maestro Larraz.

This is 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.

Ascaso Gallery has programmed an enhancing exhibition on Larraz's recent collection capsule. From December 5th to January 31 we will wait for you to join us at 1325 NE 1st Ave, Miami FL 33132. 

Ascaso's Showcasing and exhibitions Guide has been updated and it's online and filled with useful information for planning your visit. https://ascasogallery.com

What you can't miss art Miami 2019 

Defining “today” in its most basic sense is a tricky task. It’s located between the influences of the past and the forecasts for the future. It’s a reflection of an ongoing spirit that bursts into flames of motion and changes. Once be defined, that will lead to a proper reference of the term “contemporary” which is nothing more than an adjective form for “today”.

Therefore, contemporary art may refer to art—namely, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, and video art—produced today. Though seemingly simple, the details surrounding this definition are often a bit fuzzy, as different individuals’ interpretations of “today” may widely and wildly vary.

For about a week, Miami is pleased to announce a prized collection of must-see contemporary art galleries, exhibitions, and arts & culture events. M-I has never been known as a cultural mecca as far as museums are concerned, though its reputation is improving thanks to the international attention brought to the scene by such esteemed fairs as Art Miami 2019, which stands up for a few days every December.

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.

Works of the kinetic master Jesus Rafael Soto will have an important spotlight in this AM208B booth. In order to propose a necessary discussion of art as a unifying force in our communities and in our world, we urge the audience to contribute with debating, while expanding their visions on the contemporary art scene.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at [email protected]