THE UW ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS AN ARTIST THAT STEALS
Cuban artist Pavel Acosta inaugurated at the UW Art Musuem of the University of Wyoming Pavel Acosta: Stolen from the Museum exhibition. Accompanied by an extensive program of activities -workshops with the artist, and conferences with curators and specialists in the field of arts-, the exhibition will remain in the university museum until August 10.
Formed in the Caribbean country, Pavel Acosta lives in the United States since several years and has positioned himself within the Latin American scene as a visual artist and photographer of international recognition. In affirmation of the relevance of the artist, the University of Wyoming (UW) designed this exhibition around discussion spaces based on the work of Acosta. On April 11, for example, the curator of Coral Gables Museum, Yuneikys Villalonga; the general curator of the UW Museum, Nicole Crawford; and Nicholas Crane, professor of geography at the UW, along with the artist, held a conversation open to the public entitled The Stolen Paintings: A Conversation on Ethics and Art in the Americas.
In the exhibition space, Pavel Acosta's works produce a brown and white monochromatic feeling of space. From materials such as remains of dried paint taken from ramshackle walls, the artist produced a series of collages that dialogue with oeuvres of art history –The Gioconda, by Leonardo da Vinci, The Starry Night, by Vincent Van Ghog, and Coquelicots (Poppies), by Claude Monet, to mention some of them. On the one hand, the dialogue, represented on Sheetrock brown paper and white pigments, reveals the originality and dexterity of the artworks that it imitates. On the other hand, reveals the technical capacity of the own artist. As Pablo Picasso once said, good artists borrow, but great artists steal: "I am the thief," adds Acosta.
In addition to these works produced throughout his career, Nicole Crawford shown her excitement because Acosta " has created a special piece that has never been exhibited before for this exhibition in Wyoming."