A Constellation of Identities, Winking and Shifting

Museo del Barrio’s ‘Bienal 2013’ Explores Self and Origins

Linda Rosier for The New York Times


Published: June 13, 2013

La Bienal 2013: Here Is Where We Jump A detail of “Wallscape,” fashioned on site by the artist Pavel Acosta from paint scrapings, at El Museo del Barrio.

The second artist, Pavel Acosta, was born in 1980 in Havana. There, with art supplies hard to come by, he developed a method of composing paintings, collage-fashion, from chips of old paint flaking off city walls. He brings the same technique to a piece called “Wallscape” at El Museo. Its image is based on a terrific 1988 painting in the collection by the Dominican artist Manuel Macarrulla, ostensibly of a tropical carnival but really a commentary on colonialist intrusions into the Caribbean. Mr. Acosta stripped white paint from the gallery wall opposite the wall where Mr. Macarrulla’s picture hangs, then painstakingly recreated its image from the scrapings, supplementing a dynamic existing art with a mirroring ghost that will haunt the gallery until the bienal is over, then disappear. “Wallscape” is, in its exquisite way, an epic performance, a lesson in creative economy, a tribute to existing art, an acknowledgment of ethnicity and its politics, an exercise in personal mastery, and an expression of love for all of that.







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