Nov. 4, 2021 - Nov. 7, 2021
Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to present two American artists of different generations from the broader Caribbean diaspora: Emilio Cruz and Omar Velázquez. Emilio Cruz (1938-2004) was born in Brooklyn of Cuban heritage and a major figure among New York's 1960s figurative expressionists, showing at Martha Jackson and Zabriskie Galleries. We will be showing an important series of "tea cup" drawings from the mid-1990s depicting African American intellectual figures including Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Omar Velázquez (b. 1984) moves between studios in Puerto Rico and Chicago; his vibrant canvases feature deep-perspective optical backgrounds with tableaux of objects in the fore, each of them charged with significance. These artists – both committed in their personal way to representation, both engaged with allegory and allusion – are acute social critics and defiant humanists whose national and ethnic identity is at once central to their work and at the service of an expansive universalist vision.
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