Three Latin American artists’ solo exhibitions being presented in New York

Posted on March - 1 - 2017

Lygia Pape. Photo courtesy:

Continuing the ongoing interest in rescuing Latin American artists, galleries and institutions are paying close attention to those underrated artists down south whose work can’t go without being exposed to broader audiences. During the months of February and March, there will be exciting exhibition being presented in New York dealing with Latin American artists, which are worth paying close attention. 


Vik Muniz, Epistemes

Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York 

FEBRUARY 23 – APRIL 1, 2017

Vik Muniz is hailed as one of Latin America’s most successful artists of the 21st. century. The Brazilian artist, born in São Paulo and sharing his time between Rio de Janeiro and New York, is best known for his re-creation of iconic images using nontraditional materials. He has had solo exhibitions in many major art centers around the world, including representing Brazil at the Venice Biennale. Episteme takes its name from the Foucaultian that serves as an apparatus that enables the conditions of knowledge-creation. The new series, Handmade are abstract compositions that arise from strategies and material processes that have developed throughout his production. With a straightforward and synthetic appearance, the forms take on the language of abstract, concrete and op art. Sikkema Jenkins & Co Gallery, located in the Chelsea district is known for working with international artists, and getting involved in Latin American projects, as well as also representing the work of Venezuelan artist Arturo Herrera. 

Vik Muniz. Photo courtesy:


Luis Camnitzer, Short Stories

Alexander Gray Associates, New York

February 23 – April 1, 2017

In the past years, Camnitzer’s work has fittingly gained more attention, and his great importance as a conceptual artist in the 1960’s is crystallized by his works which explore language as a medium and humor as a method of dealing with political and social subjects. In Short Stories, his first solo exhibition at the gallery, he investigates the concept of time, rethinking the notion of reality. He presents his work The Time Project (2017), a floor video-projection that inverts the concepts of progress and chronology. Also included his works from “Improbabilities,” a series of dice assemblages and Timelanguage (2016). An avid theorist and prolific writer, Camnitzer is one of those artists manage to deliver thought-provoking work in humorous designs. 

Luis Camnitzer. Photo


Lygia Pape, A Multitude of Forms

Met Breuer, New York

March 21–July 23

Another artist who is receiving much attention is the late Lygia Pape. As her namesake and contemporary Lygia Clark had her first solo exhibition at the MoMA back in 2014, A Multitude of Forms is the first monographic exhibition devoted to the work of Pape in the United States. Her endeavors with different media, ranging from sculpture, printmaking, painting, and installation created a rich oeuvre of works that deals with notions of body, time and space. Her unique artworks were influential in the late 1950’s, and early 1960’s contributing to the rethinking of artistic production. The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation, who are avid Latin American art supporters, as well as The Garcia Family Foundation supported this exhibition in collaboration with Project Lygia Pape. 

If you’re around the big city, be sure to catch these shows as they present high-quality artworks by some of Latin America’s greatest artists. 

By: Gabriela Martínez de la Hoz