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As part of its year-long commemoration of the Columbus Quincentennial, the Americas Society in New York has organized the exhibition, Barroco de la Nueva Granada: Colonial Art from Columbia and Ecuador, scheduled to open May 14 at the Society's Park Avenue gallery. Focusing on major forms of artistic expression that flourished in colonial South America from the mid-1600s through the 1700s, this exhibition will present a selection of 70 outstanding works, including paintings and sculptures, as well as decorative arts such as furniture, textiles and objects of precious metals.

The cities of Tunja, Santa Fe de Bogota and Popayan in Colombia, and Quito and Cuenca in Ecuador were the sites of prolific artistic activity during the Colonial era. Both the Church and the Spanish Crown utilized art as a vehicle for promoting religious education and affirmation of faith. Colonial artists reinterpreted and adapted European forms and styles, reflecting a native sensibility toward subject matter and materials. Through these processes of transformation, new artistic vocabularies and aesthetic values emerged and remained unique to South America.

While many other aspects of Latin American arts have been presented in the United States during the last decade, the outstanding arts of colonial South America have seldom been the focus of a major exhibition. Works will be on loan from major museums and private collections in Colombia and Ecuador. Through a carefully selected group of objects, the exhibit will examine the major stylistic traits, iconography and symbols of the painting and sculpture of the era, as well as the technology and function of various objects created for both secular and religious patrons.

The Colombian segment of the exhibition was curated by Marta Fajardo de Rueda, Professor of Colombian Colonial Art at the National University of Colombia. The curator of the Ecuador segment is Dr. Alexandra Kennedy de Troya, Executive Director of the Paul Rivet Foundation in Cuenca, Ecuador. Accompanying this impressive exhibition, will be an 80-page catalogue with essays by the co-curators and Santiago Sebastian, Professor of Art History at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain. As the first scholarly publication in English on the subject, this catalogue will make a unique contribution to the field of Colonial South American art.

From the New York City, Barroco de la Nueva Granada will travel to the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois, where it will be on display from November through December, 1992.
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Title Annotation:Barroco de la Nueva Granada: Colonial Art from Columbia and Ecuador exhibition
Publication:Americas (English Edition)
Date:Mar 1, 1992
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