Cristina Banban Presents Her Latest ‘Mujeres’ Paintings at SkarstedtOn view in New York until December 17.
Spanish artist Cristina BanBan is showcasing her latest gestural paintings at Skarstedt Gallery in New York.
Each painting in the show is either titled Mujer or Mujeres (Spanish for woman or women), in which the artist utilizes her choice muse as a way to explore her daily experiences. Although her forms are typically exaggerated in form, the abstraction seen in these latest paintings mark an evolution in BanBan’s approach to line, color and composition, as well as reflecting her transition to using oil paints, oil sticks and charcoal.
Voluptuous, indifferent and always looking away from the viewer, BanBan’s mujeres challenge the male-dominated gaze of art history. Each figure, though nearly uniform in appearance, either references herself or her friends in a diaristic way as she projects her thoughts, emotions and anxieties. In the past, BanBan’s women were usually painted in a defined setting, but the latest women hover amidst a backdrop of sky blues, rich browns, mossy greens and burnt reds — a balancing act between figuration and abstraction.
Cristina BanBan: Mujeres is in its final week on view and will conclude at Skarstedt New York on Saturday, December 17.
Also happening in NYC, a new Biggie Smalls statue is on view by the Brooklyn Bridge.
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