Luis Cruz Azaceta: Shifting States

Exhibition Dates: January 7 – February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7 from 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Location: 434 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999;

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present “Shifting States,” an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Luis Cruz Azaceta. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger@434, located at 434 Julia Street, from January 7 – February 18, 2012. The gallery will host an opening reception Saturday, January 7 from 6-8 pm.

Shifting States: Blood Line, 2011, Acrylic, pencil on canvas, 42 x 58 inches

Luis Cruz Azaceta began the series “Shifting States” about a year ago in response to the rapid state of change occurring in the world at large. Amid climatic change, collapsing economies, greed, war and revolution, individual citizens are rising against political, economic and social injustices. In this, Azaceta finds courage, faith and innovation mapping a new terrain. He confronts this process of shift in his work, which reflects his signature bright colored abstraction and figuration.

Luis Cruz Azaceta left Cuba as a teenager in 1960 and has now been exiled from his homeland for fifty years. After immigrating to the United States, Azaceta lived in New York and studied at The School of Visual Arts. He relocated to New Orleans in 1992.

He has been awarded grants from The Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, The National Endowment of the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  His work is in the permanent collection of The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Miami Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of Art in New York.