Exhibit: Feb 16 - May 19, 2019; Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm; Thurs until 8:30pm; Sun: 12-6pm
The long overdue exhibition masterfully illuminates the life and work of Sánchez (born in 1926 in Havana), from her humble beginnings in Cuba to her time at the vanguard of modern art in New York City to her now-permanent residency in Puerto Rico, where she recently saw her studio apartment severely damaged by Hurricane Maria. Thankfully, Sánchez’s workspace has been re-built, so that she can continue providing the world with thought-provoking pieces like the dozens found in this remarkable display, which runs until May 19, 2019.
Soy Isla is a trip through the mind and life of a revolutionary creative. When you enter the exhibit, you will be greeted by a two-part I Am an Island piece that embodies ideas present throughout the artist’s oeuvre, as well as a chronology of Sánchez’s life. Her work is presented in the same manner. The retrospective begins with her abstract paintings in the 1950s and continues through her time in New York City, where she experimented with Informel paintings (which heavily feature earth tones), drawings and tattoo paintings, then dives into her jaw-dropping work with shaped canvases. Your experience concludes with a new documentary on Sánchez, screened in a room that displays recent pieces from 2016 and 2018.