Feb 18, 2024

Fredric Snitzer Gallery

TOMÁS ESSON: MIMAMI POP

February 3 – March 2, 2024

About Tomás Esson

Tomás Esson (b. 1963, Havana, Cuba) is widely recognized as one of the most significant artists of his generation in Cuba. He played a pivotal role in the artistic renaissance of Cuban Art during the 1980s. In 1988, Esson’s inaugural exhibition, titled “A Tarro Partido II (with Broken Horn II),” faced censorship and closure by the Cuban authorities. The exhibition was deemed controversial due to its portrayal of grotesque representations of revered icons of the Cuban Revolution.Throughout the 1980s, Esson’s artistic endeavors often reflected a critical examination of the Cuban Revolution.

In recent years, Esson has opted to produce a greater amount of abstract artwork using his hands, employing dynamic gestural movements that advance pure abstraction and detach from obvious representation. These pieces exhibit a vibrant display of oil applied on canvas with dense layers, intensified speed, and a varied color palette.

Tomás Esson’s work is housed in the permanent collections of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany; and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Monterrey, Mexico; among others.

About Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Fredric Snitzer Gallery has been at the forefront of developing the contemporary art landscape in Miami since it first opened in 1977. One of the early champions of contemporary Latin American art in the United States, the gallery has a long history of exhibiting in-depth presentations by celebrated avant-garde Cuban artists such as Luis Cruz Azaceta, Carlos Alfonzo, Carlos Cárdenas, Tomás Esson, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Mária Martínez-Cañas, as well as José Bedia; among others. The gallery has since expanded its scope to include artists within the broader Caribbean diaspora, such as Vickie Pierre and Rafael Ferrer.

Today, the gallery’s program is diverse, showcasing work from emerging, mid-career and established artists on a local and global scale while maintaining a rigorous schedule that features at least eight rotating exhibitions yearly. Internationally renowned artists on the roster include Tropicália duo: assume vivid astro focus; pop-surrealist painter Kenny Sharf; Land Art pioneer’s Alice Ayock, Jackie Ferrara, and Alan Sonfist; and acclaimed painter Hernan Bas.

The gallery’s artists have exhibited in major Biennial’s such as Venice, São Paulo, Havana, and the Whitney Biennial, among others, and are featured in both private and public collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Olbricht Collection, Berlin, Germany; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL; The Rubell Musuem, Miami, FL; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; among many more.

Fredric Snitzer Gallery has participated in art fairs such as Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL; The Armory Show, New York, NY; The ADAA Art Show, New York, NY; , Los Angeles, CA; Zona Maco, Mexico City, Mexico; and Art Basel HK, Hong Kong, China; among others.

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