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Beatriz González: A Retrospective October 27, 2019–January 20, 2020

González - Jackeline Oasis

Beatriz González, Jackeline Oasis, 1975, screenprint on paper, collection of the artist, courtesy of Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogotá. © Beatriz González Archives

Beatriz González, Los papagayos (The Parrots), 1987, oil on paper, collection of Pérez Art Museum Miami, gift of Jorge M. Pérez. © Beatriz González Archives 

Installation view of Beatriz González: A Retrospective

For El Tiempo: Beatriz González with her painting Los suicidas del Sisga, c. 1965 / photo by Alfonso Ángel

Beatriz González, Telón de la móvil y cambiante naturaleza (Curtain of the Moving and Shifting Nature), 1978, actylic on fabric, artist’s collection, courtesy Casas Riegner Gallery. © Beatriz González

Installation view of Beatriz González: A Retrospective

Beatriz González, Gratia plena (tocador), 1971, industrial enamel on a metal sheet assembled on a wooden vanity table, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the 2007 Latin American Experience Gala and Auction. © Beatriz González

Beatriz González, Nací en Florencia y tenía veintiseis años cuando fue pintado mi retrato (esta frase pronunciada en voz dulce y baja) [I Was Born in Florence and I Was Twenty-six Years Old When My Portrait Was Painted (Sentence Uttered in a Low and Soft Voice)], 1974, enamel on metal assembled on coat rack, collection of the artist, courtesy of Casas Riegner, Bogotá. © Beatriz González Archives

Beatriz González, Los suicidas del Sisga I (The Sisga Suicides I), 1965, oil on canvas, collection of Diane and Bruce Halle, Phoenix, Arizona.  © Beatriz González Archives 

Beatriz González, Zulia Zulia Zulia Cenefa, 2015, digital print on canvas, collection of the artist, courtesy of Casas Riegner, Bogotá. © Beatriz González Archives

Beatriz González, La pesca milagrosa (Miraculous Catch of Fish), 1992, oil on canvas, Museo de Arte Moderno de Barranquilla. © Beatriz González Archives 

► Información en español sobre la exposición

Beatriz González: A Retrospective is the first large-scale U.S. exhibition dedicated to the work of Colombian artist Beatriz González. Based in Bogotá, González (born 1938) is not only an internationally celebrated artist but also one of the few living representatives of the “radical women” generation from Latin America. González’s groundbreaking production spans more than six decades of intensive research yet remains largely unfamiliar to audiences in the United States.

One of the most comprehensive displays of the artist’s work to date, Beatriz González: A Retrospective seeks to remedy this lag by presenting more than 100 works, from the early 1960s through the present, that embody the full scope of González’s oeuvre. The retrospective offers an expansive look at the artist’s unique and influential practice through her most iconic works, many of which have rarely been seen outside of Colombia. Selections range from two-dimensional paintings, drawings, silkscreen prints, and curtains, to three-dimensional recycled furniture (beds, cribs, tables, armoires) and everyday objects (trays, TVs, cigar boxes).

The works on view are culled from the artist’s personal collection as well as from public and private collections in Colombia, Europe, and the United States. Beatriz González: A Retrospective travels to the MFAH following the April 2019 premiere at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Beatriz González: A Retrospective | October 27, 2019–January 20, 2020

► Publication
The illustrated exhibition catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).

This exhibition is organized by the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Generous funding for this exhibition is provided by:

Baker McKenzie
Leslie and Brad Bucher
Hilda and Greg Curran
Samuel F. Gorman
Linda and George Kelly
Cecilia and Ernesto Poma
Silvia Salle and Peter T. Wood
Isabel and Ignacio Torras


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