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PRESS: Firelei Báez on view at the Mennello Museum of American Art

Updated: Feb 4, 2020

Firelei Báez, I Write Love Poems, Too (The Right To Non-imperative Clarities) , 2018

Firelei Báez presents a survey of paintings in a variety of media at the Mennello Museum of American Art, on view June 7th – September 1st, 2019. Báez’s practice investigates the visibility and the construction of complex cultural identities, especially for those within the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, and how notions of selfhood are constructed, perceived, displayed, and read in today’s global world. Her art converges at a beautiful demonstration of portraiture and intricate metaphors that give rise to powerful narratives of overlooked histories and obscured memories voiced for those in the present, merging geography, legend, and representation. Báez's career has been on a consistent and rapid ascent since we started collecting her in 2015, as she is regularly featured in the most lucrative curated exhibitions, collected by major institutions, wins important prizes and collaborates with larger galleries. We are proud to be custodians of such a significant work and to make it available for loans to museum exhibitions.


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