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Past Exhibitions

Emilio Sanchez
May 30 - August 12

Curated by Jennifer Farrell, Curator of Exhibitions

Featuring works recently acquired by UVaM, Emilio Sanchez: Cityscapes will examine the life and work of the Cuban-American artist Emilio Sanchez, with a particular focus on his urban scenes. Sanchez, who spent most of his life in the United States, moved to New York City and attended the Art Students League.

Although he is perhaps best known for his depictions of brightly colored Caribbean structures, urban scenes were equally important to Sanchez. New York City, where Sanchez lived from 1944 until his death in 1999, was especially prominent in his oeuvre. In these works, Sanchez, a representational artist, applied a modernist—even at times abstract—language to his subjects, which, perhaps reflecting his background as an architect, ranged from towering skyscrapers to street-level bodegas. Visual details that would distract from structural investigations were minimized, even eliminated, allowing him to focus almost exclusively on the interaction between color and form.

UVaM programming made possible by the generous support of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Albemarle Magazine, The Hook, and Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book.

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Untitled, New York Skies from Egypt by Emilio Sanchez

Emilio Sanchez
American, b. Cuba, 1921-1999
Untitled, New York Skies, 1980s
Oil on canvas, 14 x 14 in
35.56 x 35.56 cm
Gift of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation, 2011.3.3
© Emilio Sanchez Foundation


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