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Susan Breyer

Susan Breyer is a Latina art historian and writer based in Brooklyn.

Landscapes of the South

Landscapes of the South, a group exhibition on view at Mendes Wood DM, presents 27 compositions in which creators respond to natural settings. Diversity is found not only in artists’ origins, eras, and intents, but in their formal choices; the landscapes exhibited are nostalgic and deadpan, impasto and serenely smooth.

Jeffrey Gibson: Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House

Now, with vacant pedestals dotting the country, citizens have the physical and psychological space to reconsider how our diverse and complex histories are memorialized. Which individuals, groups, or historic junctures merit monuments? Which lessons should be relayed to following generations? Are there particular formal devices or motifs new monuments can employ to better captivate and communicate with the public?

Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo

One work in the final gallery contains the image of a small pink cross, above which Centurión embroidered the phrase, “renazco a cada instante,” “I am reborn at every moment” (1995). To feel renewed in deep crisis by faith, creation, and love. To be carried forward by small joys, to allow these joys the fullness and purity of our appreciation. This is art, personified.

Teresa Margolles: El asesinato cambia el mundo / Assassination changes the world

Originally from Culiacán in Sinaloa, Mexico, Margolles developed an intimate relationship with death while working as a mortician in Mexico City. There, in the early 1990s, she began making work that centered upon the human cost of drug-trafficking violence in Mexico. Her performances and installations employed post-mortem material such as blood and surgical threads to make tangible this shocking and generally unseen human loss.

Florencia Escudero

The magnetism of Florencia Escudero’s new soft sculptures, exhibited in her first New York solo exhibition at Kristen Lorello, is felt at first glimpse. Her seductive materials—lustrous velvet, black pleather, jewel-toned satin, and spandex—are at once sumptuous and garish; they are the fabric of every storied, fast-fashion night out.

Alice Momm: The Gleaner’s Song

Momm’s artistic practice—which blends poetry, sculpture from found materials, and photographs of nature—delights in revaluation and recycling.


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SEPT 2020

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