Needing a little art therapy these days? This week we wanted to feature a few Austin art exhibits that are available to the public this month. The Mexican-American cultural center is highlighting the works of Endo Marto through a virtual show and installation at the center. The exhibit at the Contemporary is showcasing the works of Nicole Eisenman through a striking display of her pieces at the Jones Center as well as one sculptural piece at Laguna Gloria.
ENDO MARTOS SOLO SHOW AT MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER
Launched February 1st
Since Austin’s Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center has still been closed to the publice, they have decided to launch a new digital exhibition.“21 (Veintiuno)” is a solo show created by Austin-based artist Ender Martos who showcasing vivid, vibrant, optically playful art work in several different medias. Martos received the center’s 2019 Award of Excellence along with the opportunity for this show.
Launched Feb. 1 “21 (Veintiuno)” features Martos’ art along with his personal reflections on the theme of “diversity within diversity.”
“It is the year 21, of the 21st century,” writes Martos in his exhibition statement. “I lived 21 years in Venezuela, and now, 21 more years in Austin, Texas.”
Not quite all of “21 (Veintiuno)” is virtual though. Martos has installed “Graceful Celebration of Diversity” a circular sculptural assemblage of brightly colored pillars on the grounds of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center The sculpture was originally created in 2019 for the city’s Art in Public Places TEMPO program of temporary public art.
Built on the Smithsonian’s Learning Lab platform, “21 (Veintiuno)” is arranged in three sections, each one representing the Venezuelan-born artist’s past, present and future. In autobiographical videos of Martos’ life and creative practice, musing on the influence of the Venezuelan kinetic art movement of the 60s and 70s, his experience as an immigrant and his ideas on the future.
NICOLE EISENMAN: STURM UND DRANG
FEBRUARY 27 – NOVEMBER 15, 2020
Nicole Eisenman, winner of the 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize, New York–based artist, presents a solo exhibition at The Contemporary Austin’s downtown venue, the Jones Center on Congress Avenue, with an outdoor sculpture installed at the museum’s fourteen-acre sculpture park on the edge of lake austin at Laguna Gloria.
Encompassing a wide range of media including drawing, painting, and sculpture, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s anti-monumental and enigmatic three-dimensional work, and will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue.
One piece of the exhibit is located at Laguna Gloria. The Museum offers visitors a unique art-in-nature experience, with opportunities for the public to explore art and the creative process through installations and exhibitions by preeminent international artists, dynamic events and community programs for all ages, and classes at the Art School. Get your tickets here for a perfect afternoon at Laguna Gloria
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At the Mexican-American Cultural Center, a virtual solo show for Ender Martos