This week’s post visits the multi medium exhibition Ana Mendieta Late Works: 1981-85 on view at the Chelsea location of Galerie Lelong. Be sure to visit the gallery before this penetrating show closes on June 22nd!
The sculptures, drawings, photographs, mixed media works, and films in Ana Mendieta Late Works: 1981-85 at Galerie Lelong reveal Mendieta’s translation of her ephemeral practices in the landscape to independent art objects. Beginning in 1980, Mendieta took several trips to her birth country of Cuba. These visits brought a resolution that allowed the completion of her identity-oriented works and the seeking of an aspect of universality. In 1983, Mendieta left New York to begin a fellowship and residency at the American Academy in Rome, a period that redefined her creative process. Her time in Rome influenced the organization of the current retrospective at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin and inspired a documentary film currently in post-production, Itali-Ana, Mendieta in Rome, directed by Raquel Cecilia.
Ana Mendieta: Late Works 1981-85 is the ninth solo exhibition of Mendieta’s work at Galerie Lelong, which has represented her Estate since 1991. Mendieta has had over 30 solo exhibitions worldwide, at museums including the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Kunstmuseum Luzern; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. This January, the Castello di Rivoli began the second wave of large-scale retrospectives with the exhibition Ana Mendieta: She Got Love, which closes on June 16, 2013. The Hayward Gallery in London will open a retrospective on September 24 this year. In 2015, the Katherine E. Nash Gallery of the University of Minnesota will present an exhibition devoted to Mendieta’s films.
The exhibition is on view through June 22 at Galerie Lelong: 528 W 26th Street, 212.315.0470