"El último fruto de temporada / The Last Fruit of the Season"


JOSÉ BEDIA: El último fruto de temporada / The Last Fruit of the Season
When: October 17 – November 29, 2003
Reception: Friday, October 17 from 7 to 9 PM

116 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Los Angeles, CA. – ITURRALDE GALLERY announces the exhibition "El ultimo fruto de temporada (The Last Fruit of the Season)" by JOSÉ BEDIA. The exhibition will include a large installation and recent paintings and works on paper. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, October 17 from 7 to 9 PM and the show will run through November 29th.

José Bedia was born in Havana, Cuba in 1959. He graduated from the Escuela de Arte San Alejandro in Havana, in 1976 and from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba in 1981. Bedia emigrated to Mexico in 1991 and to the United States in 1993. He lives and works in Miami, Florida.

José Bedia’s works are often personal abstracts relating to his experience and world view as a Palo Monte initiate. The Afro-Cuban religion imbues his art with glimpses into an anthropomorphic realm where animals and humans share the same spirit, learning and making mistakes together. Each work always contains fragments of phrases that demystify the abstract forms into tangible meanings and lessons.

With "Ultimo Fruto de Temporada" Bedia is revisiting this formula, but with shocks of intense color. The canvases are painted so that they resemble indigenous textiles with horizontal layers of concentrated hues. In addition to the canvases, Bedia will present recent works on both amate paper and on a special paper Bedia just acquired in Argentina. A large installation in the main room of the gallery will complete Bedias’ second solo show at Iturralde.

José Bedia has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout the world including: "Cuba Siglo XX: Modernidad y Sincretismo" at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Spain; "Defining the Nineties: Consensus-making in New York, Miami and Los Angeles", Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; inSITE '94, San Diego/Tijuana; Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil; "Latin American Artists of the XXth Century", Museum of Modern Art, New York and "Magiciens de la Terre", Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France among others. Solo shows include: "Crónicas americanas" at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Monterrey, Mexico and "Jose Bedia: De donde vengo" a travelling exhibition presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Fine Arts, Miami and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. His work is included in several public collections including the Ludwig Forum fur International Kunst, Aachen, Germany; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.

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