Painters of NYC Invade Oaxaca

Painters of NYC Invade Oaxaca

Fri­day March 11, 2016 marked the exhi­bi­tion open­ing of Painter­sNYC at the Museo de los Pin­tores Oax­aque­ños (MUPO) in Oax­a­ca City. This col­lec­tive exhi­bi­tion presents a young and emerg­ing gen­er­a­tion of New York painters. The show is an attempt to ana­lyze and doc­u­ment the evo­lu­tion of what is con­sid­ered to be New York paint­ing. This exhi­bi­tion rep­re­sents on a whole a cul­tur­al cross­roads and exchange. First­ly, this is seen in the diver­si­ty of the artists with­in the show being from all across Amer­i­ca and who now call New York home, and; sec­ond­ly, this exhi­bi­tion con­tin­ues the dia­logue between Oax­aque­ño and Mex­i­can art and artists with our north­ern neigh­bours.

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The exhi­bi­tion is of a mod­est scale, yet it man­ages to rep­re­sent a great styl­is­tic depth and diver­si­ty. Unfortunately,while the works show a styl­is­tic range of diver­si­ty the cura­tion of the artists seems to lack it. With the excep­tion of Eamon Ore-Giron a Lati­no-Cal­i­for­ni­an implant, we lack the cul­tur­al mosaic one would expect from such an eth­ni­cal­ly rich envi­ron­ment as New York. This aside, we do get a fair sense of a niche cos­mopoli­tanism from the artists who’ve come to rep­re­sent the exhi­bi­tion. The art­works emerge from an exper­i­men­tal and play­ful gen­er­a­tion who’ve recent­ly found some foot­ing and direc­tion. The exhi­bi­tion pro­vides an inter­est­ing con­trast between the work of our young and ambi­tious Oax­aque­ño tal­ents and that of a cos­mopoli­tan metrop­o­lis such as New York. We can hope that this exhi­bi­tion encour­ages a healthy exchange and dis­course between Mex­i­can and Amer­i­can artists.

Painter­sNYC runs from March 11 until May 15 2016 at MUPO.