Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Fredric Snitzer Gallery

1540 NE Miami Ct
Miami, FL 33132
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Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu
Up Against the Wall Motherfucker
Silkscreen, pigment, clay and newspapers.
22 x 24 inches

Green Go Home

A collaborative project by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu

June 28—September 5, 2020

The story of “Green Go Home” is part myth and part folklore. It is also partially a misunderstanding, and, to some degree, an invention of the imagination. Nonetheless, it makes for a compelling story.

The term gringo—commonly used in Latin America to describe a Western foreigner—has been assumed by many to have etymologically originated with the phrase “Green go home!” One story holds that during the Mexican-American War, American troops invaded and overwhelmed their opposition. At this time, according to legend, the American uniform frequently included green coats. Hence “Green go home!”

There are, however, alternative explanations. One earlier instance of the use of gringo can be dated to a 1786 Castilian dictionary by Terreros y Pando. In that volume the term was used to describe foreigners whose particular accents prevented them from pronouncing Castilian words properly. Moreover, in Madrid especially, the word was used to describe a person of Irish descent.


Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu
The Tyranny of Common Sense Has Reached Its Final Stage
Silkscreen, pigment, clay and newspapers.
22 x 24 inches


Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu
We Don’t Mix
Silkscreen, pigment, clay and newspapers.
22 x 24 inches

Detractors of the green coat theory have pointed out that U.S. troops wore blue during the Mexican Invasion, and therefore that myth of the phrase’s origin should be dismissed.

In 1846, Roman Catholic Americans and recent immigrants—from Ireland and Germany—were sent by the U.S. government to participate in the Mexican-American War as fighting broke out. However, a combination of resentment over their treatment by Anglo-Protestant superiors, and a realization that they were fighting for a Protestant nation against a Catholic one, led many to switch sides. The song that they frequently sang, “Green Grow the Rushes, O,” serves as another potential origin to the term gringo.

In Brazil, gringo is also thought to have been derived from the English words green and go, but with a different basis. Rather than originating from military interaction, this term came about from foreigners’ exploitation of nature.

The provocation inherent in “Green Go Home,” is positioned against the subtle underlying subtext of U.S. interventions, and colonialist attitudes, towards its neighbors in Latin American from Mexico southwards: an antagonism that has cost many lives and much strife.

In each installation, the meaning of the piece mutates. The characters and language are specific to the country in which the work is being shown, but more importantly, the people involved shape the piece. They help to print and install the works, as well as create meaning for the piece through their experiences and reflections.

The imagery itself consists of portraits derived from Google searches with text supplied by Rirkrit on top. The presence of each character—from films to music to personalities of resistance—reveals itself to the viewer as addressing the condition of the graffiti text. The figures included vary from country to country, though some figures reappear, as they are, to me, at the crux of this discussion – Ted Kazynski, Alan Turing, Barbarella, Ana Mendieta. The grid holds up the statement and reinforces the layers of interpretation, readings, and misunderstandings. “Green Go Home” is meant to be a wall of resisters, and of resistance.

Tomas Esson Springbreak, 2019 Oil on linen 96 x 80 inches

Alexander Kroll
Bronzing, 2019
Oil on canvas
63 x 42 inches

Fredric Snitzer Gallery at 10 W San Marino Drive, Miami Beach

June 28—September 5, 2020

Fredric Snitzer Gallery has begun a new strategy for exposing its artists – collaborations with high quality partners to seek new audiences for our material.
We are pleased to announce our first project – an extraordinary home located on San Marino Island in Miami Beach in collaboration with Nelson Gonzalez, Sr. Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty, and Miami Beach’s premier realtor specializing in luxury real estate in Miami Beach and the greater Miami area.

Tomas Esson
Springbreak, 2019
Oil on linen
96 x 80 inches


Kelley Johnson
Untitled, 2020
Acrylic and flashe on canvas
74 x 74 inches


Tomas Vu
Time, 2016
Mixed media on wood panel
84 x 96 x 2 in

Fredric Snitzer Gallery has curated a selection of works by Alexandre Arrechea, Rafael Domenech, Tomas Esson, Iva Gueorguieva, Kelley Johnson, Alexander Kroll, Jon Pylypchuk, and Tomas Vu to complete the presentation of this extraordinary home.
10 San Marino embodies the ideal combination of modern Miami Beach design, unobstructed views, outstanding outdoors for waterfront living, and deluxe amenities put together in a tasteful yet indulgent fashion.

Alexandre Arrechea
Black Eye, 2018
Manufactured paper
47 1/4 x 35 inches
Edition of 9

About Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Founded in 1977, Fredric Snitzer Gallery is running strong as a leader in the contemporary art market in Miami. Committed to presenting work across all media including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, and performance from a diverse range of contemporary artists, the gallery has maintained a rigorous exhibition schedule that features at least eight rotating exhibitions by its artists each year.

Fredric Snitzer was one of the early champions of contemporary Latin American art in the United States. The gallery is known in leading the way with Cuban artists exhibitions early on, noteworthy was the Cuban rafters exhibition “They would rather die” in the 80’s. Avant-garde Cuban artists in particular continue to have a strong presence in the gallery’s roster. The gallery has also launched international careers for emerging Miami artists, such as Hernan Bas. Important Miami based artists are significant to the gallery’s roster, as well as New York artists- Alice Aycock, Alan Sonfist, Los Angeles artists-Jon Pylypchuk, Alexander Kroll, Iva Gueorguieva, Kenny Scharf and Cuban based artists, Alexander Arrechea (former member of Los Carpinteros), and Cuba’s National Fine Arts Award winner Lazaro Saavedra.

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