Opening of Homage to Cundo Bermudez at Gary Nader

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Once again moving the Miami cultural scene forward, Gary Nader Fine Art opens a group exhibition that centers around Cundo Bermudez, celebrating the best in Cuban art this Saturday, with a reception from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. The show honors the fertile career of Bermudez, and his contribution to the island’s art by showcasing an outstanding selection of works from renowned modern and contemporary Cuban artists: Ángel Acosta León, Alejandro Aguilera, Carlos Alfonzo, Pedro Álvarez, Jose Bedia, Alfredo Caballero, Agustin Cardenas, Mario Carreño, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Carlos Enríquez, Agustín Fernández, Gay García, Wifredo Lam, Julio Larraz, Víctor Manuel, Armando Mariño, Manuel Mendive, Amelia Peláez, René Portocarrero, Carlos Quintana, Mariano Rodríguez, Tomas Sánchez, and Rafael Soriano. This group exhibition, Homage to Cundo Bermudez, will pay tribute to the last master of the second 20th century Cuban modernist generation that also produced well-known artists such as Mario Carreño, Mariano Rodriguez and Rene Portocarrero, among others. Bermudez (founding member of the Asociación de Pintores y Escultores de Cuba, created in 1949) was an active part of the new avant-garde and thus the process of the continued modernization of Cuban art during the 1940s and 1950s. His canvases, which have a great significance in the chromatic range of modern Cuban painting, are a synthesis of the color and luminosity of iconic individuals, sites, and musical scenes, revealing the character and national identity of his homeland. In addition: Acosta Leon and his quotidian objects (Fragmento de Guarapera), Carreño’s explosion of vivid color, tropical fruits, flowers, rural characters, and powerful and dynamic compositions (Búcaro, 1943), the symbolism, natural sensuality, and transparencies of Carlos Enriquez (La Fuite, 1945), Lam’s imagery and symbols from Afro-Cuban culture and religions, hybrid figure, part human/animal and vegetal elements (Deux Personnages et un Oiseau, 1957). And what’s more, the show will be open and free to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6 PM (Mondays by appointment only) until the end of February 2009. The gallery is located at 62 NE 27th Street in Miami.

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