Lyle O. Reitzel opens its new space in NY with García Cordero
Lyle O. Reitzel Contemporary Art Gallery, founded in Santo Domingo in 1995, launches its new branch in New York at 139 Eldridge Street, located at the heart of Lower East Side in Manhattan, a few blocks away from the New Museum and where more than 200 galleries specialized in avant-garde art. LOR NY announces its grand opening on June 11th, 2016 with the first ever solo show in New York by dominican artist living in Paris, José García Cordero: “Tales from the Caribbean Nights”.
Lyle O. Reitzel has been operating in the international panorama for over 20 years from its space in Santo Domingo, and during the 2005-2010 period in Miami, participating in prestigious contemporary art fairs, hosting tens of exhibitions in museums, galleries, and institutions of the world, and with a select representation of artists of the caliber of Luis Cruz Azaceta, Edouard Duval-Carriè, Ignacio Iturria, José Bedia and more.
“Tales from the Caribbean Nights” is a body of work consisting of ten paintings, most of them unpublished, produced in acrylic on linen, covering the period of 2005-2016. The paintings of García Cordero captivate at first sight for their multiple meanings, reflecting the duality of his personal experience and the conflicts between two worlds: the European and Caribbean cultures.
The artist affirms, with the irreverence that characterizes him: “My work reflects and denies what has been said, we are cowards and cruel sexist criminals, perverse and mediocre tragicomic, ridiculous, greedy and stubborn tyrants.” Later he adds: “I am a Caribbean man, tragic and deep, lover of popular dance, I believe in the Calendas, in the earthly pleasures, in the deep meals, the heartwarming and transparent waters. My god lives in the sea foam and even though I am desperate, I adore the light of the afternoon when it illuminates the palm trees. Painting is a voluntary act; in it I live, hidden. To paint every day is the pleasure of the Homo Faber that abides in me. Nothing else matters to me except the black laugh.”
García Cordero (b. 1951, Santiago, Dominican Republic), studied painting with the dominican Master Hernández Ortega. In 1977, running away from Balaguer’s dictatorship, he moves to Paris in a voluntary exile, where he studies Contemporary History in the University of Vincennes.
During his successful career for over thirty years, he has received multiple recognitions, such as the "Gold Medal" granted by the Senate of the Republic of France, the “Gold Medal” in the 1st and 3rd Edition of the Caribbean Biennale at Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, among others. His works have been exhibited in important group and solo shows in galleries, museums, art fairs and institutions in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.
In 1994, he was part of the “Modern and Contemporary Art of the Dominican Republic,” at the America’s Society of New York and the Bass Museum of Art of Miami Beach, Florida. In 1995 he exhibits the itinerant show “Caribbean Visions” in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. In 1996 he is selected for the “Marco Prize” in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey, Mexico. ‘Arco Madrid 97’, LOR Gallery, curated by Octavio Zayas. FIAC 2001 "Regard Sur L'art Latino Americain”, Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris. 2003 (Solo) “Human Conditions”, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California. 2007 (Solo) “Full Optimist”, LOR Gallery Miami, during Art Basel Miami Beach. 2010 “Caribbean Trilogy’: Edouard Duval Carrié, José Bedia and García Cordero, Little Haiti Cultural Center, LHCC, Art Basel Public Program, Special Event, Miami, Fl. 2012 KIAF, LOR Gallery, Seul, Korea. 2015 ‘Caribes’ Colección Cortés, Museo de San Juan, Puerto Rico.
His work belongs to the Permanent Collection of:
Salón Vitry-Sur Seine, France. Jesús David Alvarez/Vega Sicilia, Madrid, Spain, Angel Romero, Madrid, Spain. FRAC- Fondo Regional de Arte Contemporáneo, Martinica. Fundación Colección Cortés, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. MoLAA-Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California. Colección Arq. Marcelo Narbona, Panama. Centro León Jimenes, Santiago, RD. Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, RD. Camara de Diputados, Congreso Nacional, SD, Dom. Rep. Banco Central, Rep. Dom. Fundación Ortiz Guardian, León, Nicaragua, among others.
“Tales from the Caribbean Nights” will run until July 30, 2016.