Ana Mercedes Hoyos: Retrospective

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Villegas Asociados, 2002 - Art - 399 pages
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"The proliferation and diffusion of mestizo themes have become universal...Drawing on the historical and cultural reality of Colombia and in the best Latin American tradition, Ana Mercedes Hoyos develops her work in the labyrinth of pictorial crossbreeding-- a crossbreeding of images." In these words from the thrilling critical essay that opens this book, Ángel Kalenberg describes the evolution of this great Colombian artist and her place in world art.

This book, which represents the first comprehensive retrospective show of her painting and sculpture ever published, confirms his judgement.

It deals with a distinguished career which led the Colombian artist from her early stage of "windows" and "doors" to a series of "atmospheres," in which she seems to leap through the frames of her earlier paintings to find herself before the light that is on the other side and was merely hinted at before. The white canvases of her "atmospheres"-- luminous, sparkling and full of matter-- in turn fulfill their cycle, opening the way for a further stage which is marked by the recuperation of the object and a new and fresh approach to nature. This is the moment when her daring and unrestrained "sunflowers" appear, whose pigmentation follows the line of the great, visceral colorists, like Van Gogh and Gauguin, who define a realm where chromatic values rule with the same rights and duties as form. These give way to her recent work, which features colorful still lifes inspired by the Afro-Colombian women fruit-vendors from San Basilio de Palenque, who, with their bowls of fruit gracefully balanced on their heads, form a picturesque sight on the beaches of the fabled Caribbean port of Cartagena. In her current stage we also observe her passionate interest in the culture of this fascinating ethnic group, whose personages and customs absorb her interest and fill her canvases.

As this retrospective clearly shows, every stage of the work of Ana Mercedes is a testimony to her passion for her calling and her strong commitment to the world in which she lives.

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э Atmospheres and landscapes
The universe of Julia
э Watermelons from La Cordialidad

About the author (2002)

Ana Mercedes Hoyos is one of the most outstanding figures in present-day Colombian art. In 1978 she won first prize in the 23rd Colombian National Salon of Visual Arts with her work Atmosphere and was invited to participate in the show Latin America: Sensitive Geometry in the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro. She has held solo exhibitions in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Caracas, New York, Tokyo, Santiago (Chile), Los Angeles, Mexico City and Monterrey. She has participated in group exhibitions all over the world and has represented Colombia in international ones. Her work, with commentaries by well-known critics, has been featured in four previous books and in magazines like Art News, Newsweek, Time and Art in America. In recent years she has received awards and invitations from the governments of Japan and the United States. Her contribution to the culture of her country has been recognized through decorations awarded her by the Colombian House of Representatives, the Mayor's Office of Bogotá and the National Police of Colombia, as well as the honorary degree in Fine Arts granted to her by Antioquia University. She is currently based in Bogotá and New York and is working on bronze and iron-plate sculpture projects in Mexico City and Monterrey.

Ángel Kalenberg. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1936, Kalenberg has been a long-time member of his country's National Fine Arts Commission. Since an early stage of his career he has won an international reputation as an art critic, curator and museum official. He has organized more than 450 exhibitions in Uruguay and other countries and has been a consultant, curator, and jurist and commentator for numerous art show. He has also mounted showings of Uruguayan artists in the Sao Paulo, Venice and Paris biennials. Widely known as a lecturer and university teacher, he has written numerous books on art and articles for leading international art magazines. Among his best-known works are Arte uruguayo y otros (Uruguayan art and others, 1990), Damiani (1993), Artes visuales del Uruguay (Visual Arts of Uruguay) and De la piedra a la computadora (From the stone to the computer, 2001). Considered to be one of the most important art critics of Latin America, he has won awards from the governments of France, Mexico and Italy for his distinguished career.

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