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Cuban-American Artist Agustín Fernández drawings exhibition opens at the Frost Art Museum


Agustín Fernández, Untitled (46), 1981, Graphite on paper, 30 x 33 ¼ inches, Courtesy of the Agustín Fernández Foundation

MIAMI, FL (January 2, 2013)- The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University will hold a very special exhibition opening on Saturday, January 12, 2013, from 5 pm-8 pm. A fine wine and cheese reception will usher in Form’s Transgressions: The Drawings of Agustín Fernández. This exhibition will run through February 17, 2013, and the Saturday afternoon reception is open to the public and free of charge.

Cuban-American artist Agustín Fernández (1928-2006) ranks as one of Surrealism’s most discerning interpreters, and is considered to be one of the masters of modern Cuban art. This exhibition, done in collaboration with the Snite Museum of the University of Notre Dame, presents drawings from the late 1960s to the 1990s that provide a comprehensive overview of his most recognizable imagery, a visual language instilled with the erotics of desire and vulnerability.

“This exhibition marks our attempt to introduce his works on paper as key elements of his impressive career that have not previously been explored in depth, and help establish his role not only in the arts of Latin America, but within the mainstream of international Modernism of the twentieth century,” says Dr. Carol Damian, Director of the Frost Art Museum.

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Agustín Fernández, Untitled (5496), 1986, Graphite on paper, 30 x 22 1/4 inches, Agustín Fernández Foundation

"Although the works on paper have often been included in exhibitions as complements to the paintings and to reveal the extraordinary artistic technique that is basic to every media he mastered, this is the first exhibit dedicated solely to works on paper. These works are done with graphite, some with minimal color. The space at the Frost allows for a beautiful installation that will give visitors a new perspective on his mastery of the drawing media on a grand scale.”

Form’s Transgressions: The Drawings of Agustín Fernández is being curated by Ricardo Pau-Llosa. This exhibition is part of the Frost Art Museum’s 2013 year-long program, Commemorating 500 Years 1513-2013 Spain-Florida-Caribbean, a series of exhibitions celebrating the evolution of our regional culture and development since Ponce de León’s arrival in what is now Florida.

Exhibition opening attendees are also invited to view the Frost Art Museum’s other current exhibitions:
• Iván Navarro: Fluorescent Light Sculptures
• to beauty: A Tribute to Mike Kelley
• Reflections Across Time: Seminole Portraits
• American Sculpture in the Tropics

About the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
The Frost Art Museum opened its current 46,000-square-foot state of the art building in November 2008. Admission to the Museum is always free. The Frost is an American Alliance of Museums accredited museum and Smithsonian affiliate and is located at 10975 SW 17thStreet, across from the Blue garage and adjacent to the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. For more information, please visit http://thefrost.fiu.edu or call 305-348-2890. Follow us on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook.

About FIU
Florida International University is one of the 25 largest universities in the nation, with nearly 50,000 students. Nearly 110,000 FIU alumni live and work in South Florida. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations and law. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission, with research expenditures of more than $100 million per year. For more information about FIU, visit FIU Online.

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