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Lyle O. Reitzel has been operating on the international scene for more than twenty years from his renowned gallery space in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Now on June 11th, he inaugurates his new location in none other than New York City and features Dominican artist, García Cordero at the opening.
From 2005-2010, the Lyle O. Reitzel gallery participated in a number of prestigious contemporary art fairs in Miami, and organized many exhibitions in other museums, galleries and institutions around the world, with quite the selection of esteemed artists including Luis Cruz Azaceta, Ignacio Iturria, Jose Bedia, and Edouard Duval-Carrie, among others. Duval-Carrie very recently presented his exhibition, “Hispaniola Saga” in Santo Domingo on display until June 15th, with specific proceeds going to the Hogar del Niño, the charitable children’s institution which he toured the following week.
“Tales from the Caribbean Nights” by García Cordero that opens on June 11th in NYC will consist of thirteen acrylic paintings on canvas, produced between 2005 – 2016, and which are currently unpublished. García Cordero paintings tend to captivate viewers at first sight for their multiple meanings, reflecting the duality of his personal experiences and conflict between two worlds: the European and Caribbean cultures.
“My work reflects and denies all the above, we are cowards and cruel macho criminals, ridiculously tyrannical and conceited fools;” Cordero adds, “I am a lighthearted serious Caribbean man, folk dance lover, I believe in earthly pleasures, in great meals, pleasant and clear waters. My god lives in the sea foams and although I am a desperate person, I love how the afternoon light illuminates the palm trees. Painting is a willful act, in which I live hidden in. Painting is my everyday pleasure.”
García Cordero was born in 1951 in Santiago, Dominican Republic and studied painting with Hernandez Ortega. Fleeing the dictatorship of Balaguer in 1977, he opted for voluntary exile in Paris, where he studied Contemporary History at the University of Vincennes and where he continues to live ever since.
With a successful career of more than 30 years, he has received numerous awards such as the “Medal of Merit” by the Senate of the Republic of France and the “Gold Medal” in the I and III ‘Bienial of the Caribbean’ of the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo. He has exhibited his works in important groups and solo exhibitions in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States, with many permanent collections in France, Spain and Puerto Rico, among others.
We encourage you if you’re in the area to check out the new location of the Lyle O.Reitzel Gallery in New York and see the work of this prominent Dominican artist on display.
The Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery New York Inauguration and Solo Exhibit by José García Cordero
Artist: José García Cordero
When: June 11th, 2016 (On display through July 30th)
Where: 139 Eldridge Street New York, NY 10002
Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery
In 1988, Lyle O. Reitzel began his career as art merchant, promoting a select group of underground Contemporary artists, not represented in the market, presenting an avant-garde and daring asthetic proposal, where the new, the strange, and the extravagant could be appreciated.
The Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery opened its doors in Santo Domingo in 1995 and has, since then, focused its efforts on supporting the new art trends of the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Caribbean, including Latin America and the rest of the world.
The gallery set out on a great adventure, to open new doors, and between 2006 and 2010 become an important zone of artistic development devoted to Contemporary Art, the Wynwood art district in Miami This step is the result of the dynamic action practiced by the gallery for more than a decade in Santo Domingo, supported by the systematic organization of exhibitions in galleries and museums of great capital cities around the world, as well as by the participation in important international fairs, delivering enough to get inserted into today’s active and ever-growing international market.
Gallery Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Saturday 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Tel: 305 510 2833
Email: [email protected]