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U.Va. Art Museum Exhibit Depicts Urban Landscapes

May 16, 2012 — The University of Virginia Art Museum opens a new exhibition, "Emilio Sanchez: Cityscapes," on May 30. Focusing primarily on images of urban scenes, it will be on display through Aug.12.

The exhibition examines the work of the Cuban-American artist Emilio Sanchez. Sanchez, who spent most of his life in the United States, studied architecture at U.Va. from 1941 to 1943 before moving to New York City to attend the Art Students League.

Although he is perhaps best known for his depictions of brightly colored Caribbean structures, urban landscapes – and the variety of buildings they contained – were equally important to him. New York City, where Sanchez lived from 1944 until his death in 1999, was especially prominent in his oeuvre. Perhaps reflecting his training in architecture, the images of New York ranged from towering skyscrapers to street-level bodegas and reflected the diversity of the city.

"Although Sanchez worked primarily in a representational style, many of these works reflect a modernist, even at times abstract, visual language as details that would have distracted from structural investigations were minimized or eliminated, allowing him to focus almost exclusively on the interaction between color and form," said the museum's curator of exhibitions, Jennifer Farrell, who curated the show.

"Emilio Sanchez: Cityscapes" will celebrate the U.Va. Art Museum's recent acquisition of numerous works in a variety of media from the Emilio Sanchez Foundation.

The museum is at 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, Va. Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information visit the museum's website or call 434-924-3592.

U.Va. Art Museum programming is made possible by the support of The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. The exhibition is made possible through the support of Arts$, Albemarle Magazine, Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book and The Hook.

— by Jane Ford


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