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Liliana Porter

Red Brush and Other Situations

March 19 – June 13, 2020

Press Release

Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased to announce a new solo exhibition of works by Liliana Porter [Argentina, b. 1941], with a curatorial text written by independent curator Tobias Ostrander. Red Brush and Other Situations is on view at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino from Thursday, March 19 through Saturday, May 16, 2020.

As Ostrander notes, “With all of Porter’s works there is always the sensation of a wink or knowing smile being implied. She is consistently the clever savant playing the role of the innocent child looking to understand or construct meaning. Her works perpetually escape irony however, through their projection of the sincerity of their investigations.”

A native of Buenos Aires, Liliana Porter relocated to New York in 1964. In 1965, along with artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo, she co-founded the New York Graphic Workshop, which produced prints while redefining conventional models for making and distributing art. 

In addition to her print work, Porter’s art engages with notions of time, memory, and emotionality that define the human condition via the forms and movements of small flea-market figurines and found objects across austere backgrounds. Porter's dry wit and sophisticated sensibility carry through across media, and she describes her art as “interested in the simultaneity of humor and distress, banality and the possibility of meaning.” 

Porter's work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Tate Modern, London, UK; La Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; British Museum, London, UK;  Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA); and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, among many others.