Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 10:00a -
Sunday, Jun 04, 2017 5:00p
McMullen Museum of Art
2101 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02135
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For its newest exhibition, the McMullen Museum presents "Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic," featuring over 90 paintings and pastels in a groundbreaking retrospective of the twentieth-century Cuban artist.
Cuban painter Rafael Soriano (1920–2015) was an acclaimed master of geometric abstraction and a global figure in the twentieth-century art world; his work resonated with international artists of Latin American origin like Roberto Matta, Rufino Tamayo, and Wifredo Lam. As a result of the Revolution in Cuba, in 1962 Soriano immigrated to the United States. An unprecedented examination of his life’s work, this exhibition focuses on the multiple influences that nurtured a style where, in his words, “the intimate and the cosmic converge.”
Featuring more than ninety paintings, pastels, and drawings from the Rafael Soriano Family Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Art Museum of the Americas, and Long Beach Museum of Art as well as other institutions and private collections, "The Artist as Mystic" begins with Soriano’s works in the Cuban geometric abstract style. It then moves to his transitional, experimental paintings from the 1960s and 1970s reminiscent of surrealist biomorphism. The exhibition concludes with luminous, mystical imagery in paintings from Soriano’s mature period.