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.
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.