José Lerma: ART FOR CHANGE x ICI at THE ARMORY SHOW

ART FOR CHANGE, September 9, 2022

 

On the occasion of The Armory Show, ART FOR CHANGE is delighted to present a new collection of hand-embellished and signed and numbered limited edition prints by six Latinx artists including Danielle De JesusLarissa De Jesús NegrónLucia HierroJosé LermaDevin Osorio, and Jean-Pierre Villafañe with a portion of the net proceeds benefiting Independent Curators International (ICI)

 

The forthcoming, co-curated presentation is ART FOR CHANGE’s fourth collaboration with ICI and brings together artists whose work investigates themes of personal and cultural significance, social environments, performance, and myth. Each of the selected works features a tension between a broad truth and its full expression across a diversity of contexts, a sensibility in conversation with The Armory Show’s overarching focus on defining Latin American and Latinx art. Additionally, a select group of previously commissioned ART FOR CHANGE prints by Latin American and Latinx artists will be on view and for sale as a part of the presentation.

 


 

 JAVITS CENTER

Booth N4

 

VIP PREVIEW
Thursday, September 8
Invitation Only

GENERAL ADMISSION
Friday, September 9—Sunday, September 11

 


 

 Rosas Grises (Pink) is from a series of works depicting the everyday, almost-always welcome gesture of presenting a bouquet of flowers. Originally created using silicone on polypropylene—two of the most commonly traded chemical industrial products—Lerma creates a portrait of bodily autonomy and political economy within the fabric of global capitalism. Highlighting the ubiquitous exploitation of Latino construction workers that undergirds the American economy, Lerma’s material is inseparable from its creator; the plastic becomes imbued in both the social and physical gesture. Lerma’s ocular inversion presents a spectrum of gray flowers with a deep brown hand from a cuffed, purple gingham sleeve against a bright rose background. Sculptural strokes carve Poppish details into the dramatic shapes, heightening the irony of the charged composition with an intensity that is characteristic of the artist’s buoyant precision. The artist has hand-embellished ten prints in the edition, making each piece a unique work.

 

“I’m thrilled to be supporting Independent Curators International, as the work they do exposing communities to new perspectives and giving platforms to emerging artists is critical for maintaining a robust level of international discourse. They have been a constant champion for Latin artists and narratives.”

–José Lerma
 
José Lerma (b. 1971, Seville, Spain) grew up in Puerto Rico and currently lives between San Juan and Chicago. He received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison and BA from Tulane University. The artist’s practice is formally rooted in an investigation of painting in the expanded field, via elaborate installations incorporating everyday materials common to work and life. A stylistic intersection of classical European painting and low-brow pop art, this artist’s ballooning, textural portraiture and figuration overflows with irony suffused with instantly recognizable iconography in striking patterns and forms. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Kemper Museum of Art, (Kansas City, MO); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL); and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (San Juan, Puerto Rico), among others. His work has been written about extensively in the press, including in The New YorkerThe New York Times, and Artforum
 

 
INDEPENDANT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL (ICI)
Independent Curators International (ICI) works with art spaces in the US and around the world to present exhibitions and public programs for broad audiences; and professional development initiatives for curators. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. 
 

ICI’s collaborative programs connect curators, artists, and audiences from across social, political, and cultural borders. The organization forms an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role. 

 

ICI is a member of Coalition of Small Arts NYC (CoSA NYC).

 

ART FOR CHANGE

ART FOR CHANGE connects socially conscious collectors with accomplished contemporary artists and their work, offering museum quality prints created exclusively for ART FOR CHANGE at a manageable price point. ART FOR CHANGE donates a percentage of the net proceeds from your print or sculpture purchase to relevant non-profits to affect positive change in the world and encourages artists to maintain a significant portion of proceeds under the belief that direct investment in individuals is vital to a thriving cultural ecosystem.

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