Angel Otero, Title to be determined, 2017
oil skins on fabric, 104 x 83 x 9.5 inches (approximately)
Photo: Martin Parsekian, Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin
Bronx, New York—This fall, The Bronx Museum of the Arts will present an exhibition of seven new large-scale paintings by Angel Otero. On view from October 25, 2017 through April 29, 2018, this tightly-curated exhibition will highlight the core tenants of Otero’s practice, which mines and celebrates key works in art history to develop a compositional method that brings together and pulls apart disparate artistic influences, forming his own unique visual language. Through the works in Angel Otero: Elegies, guest curator Christian Viveros-Fauné invites us to consider Otero’s evolving process of formal innovation in relation to that of the artist Robert Motherwell.
The series of paintings on view were inspired by conversations between Otero and Viveros-Fauné on the influence of Motherwell and the notion of elegies in Otero’s work and process. Motherwell, a leading Abstract Expressionist and the author of over one hundred paintings titled Elegy to the Spanish Republic (completed between 1948 and 1967), created these mostly monochromatic canvases as a “lamentation or funeral song” on the subject of the Spanish Civil War. Invariably, these works have also served as illustrations of the power of abstract art to both take on the urgent themes of the artist’s time and modernity’s constant need for artistic innovation. The works Angel Otero has produced for the Bronx Museum are not elegies in the typical sense— i.e., paintings devoted to the idea of loss or deterioration. Instead, these works are celebrations of twenty-first century painterly innovation and of the resilience of art during times of change.
Angel Otero: Elegies is made possible by Lead Sponsors Dedalus Foundation, Lehmann Maupin, Kavi Gupta, and Jody and Gerald Lippes; Major Supporters Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Sam and Shanit Schwartz, and Carole Server and Oliver Frankel; and, the Director’s Circle, the Museum’s premier support group.
About Angel Otero
Angel Otero (b. 1981, Santurce, Puerto Rico) received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Solo exhibitions of his work include Angel Otero: Everything and Nothing, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2016); Angel Otero: Painting From the Bottom Up, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Gran Canaria, Spain (2015); Material Discovery, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA and Hong Kong (2013); and Angel Otero, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC 2012); Select group exhibitions and biennials featuring his work have included Surface Area, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2016); Nexo/Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL (2016); 6th Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic (2013); The [S] Files; El Museo’s 6th Biennial, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY (2011); and Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle, Queens Museum, New York (2012), among others. Otero is the recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Visual Arts. His work can be found in collections at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, DePaul University Museum, Chicago, IL; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; and the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York