Luis Cruz Azaceta: PAINTING OUT LOUD

Exhibition Dates: November 1 – December 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1 from 6–8 pm
Gallery Location: 434 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999;

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present PAINTING OUT LOUD, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Luis Cruz Azaceta. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger@434, located at 434 Julia Street, from November 1 – December 20, 2014. The gallery will host an opening reception, with the artist in attendance, on Saturday, November 1 from 6-8 pm.

FALLING SKY: FIRE, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. 108 x 120 inches.

FALLING SKY: FIRE, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. 108 x 120 inches.

PAINTING OUT LOUD is Luis Cruz Azaceta’s eighth exhibition with the gallery. The featured recent medium- and large-scale paintings and works on paper reflect the artist’s distinctive bright-colored abstraction and figuration and continue to encourage a dialogue regarding the current political climate, social injustices, war and ecocide.

Janet Batet describes Azaceta’s dystopian landscapes as revealing, “the imminent disintegrating character of our current surroundings.” In a recent catalogue essay, she states, “There is a sense of apprehension that underlies the landscapes of chilling beauty that form the Falling Sky series, marked by the abstract sensibility where the delicate trace from the drawing and weighed down handling of colored areas are contrasting with the sense of disaster that animates them.”

Luis Cruz Azaceta left Cuba as a teenager in 1960 and has now been exiled from his homeland for over 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 exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and has been awarded grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, 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, Houston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Miami Art Museum, Miami; The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of Art in New York.