Art Basel: Manuel Pardo Late Paintings & Drawings

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Williams McCall Gallery South of Fifth and Gary Marotta Fine Art G-1 Gallery of Provincetown present Late Paintings and Drawings of Cuban-born, New York artist Manuel Pardo. Works are on view through December 29th, 2013.

Pardo_WEB-0042Pardo (1952-2012) was born on July 4th in Cardenas, Cuba. He first showed his work in New York’s East Village in the eighties, where he was introduced to Marcia Tucker, founder and director of the New Museum in NY when she included him in the groundbreaking exhibition, The Other Man: Alternative Representation of Masculinity. Pardo went on to exhibit internationally in solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Mexico City, Cologne, Havana, and Milan. Exhibitions include Late 20th Still Lifes at the New Museum curated by Marcia Tucker, Le Jardin at Museo Metropolitano de Monterrey, México, and Un Cubain á Paris at Galerie Piltzer, Paris, France. Corporate commissions and events include The Motherland Series; Murals by Manuel Pardo at the British Airways terminal and JFK International airport, NY; and Hérmes & Visa for Masaryk: Arte Moda & Visa, curated by Justo Sierra, in México City, México.

3291301963560-Pardo0411aPardo’s drawings have also been featured in many exhibitions including 100 Artists see Satan, UCLA California State Fullerton; MiArt 2008 in Milan, Italy; Quinceañera for (projectroom: in the America(s) post…) curated by Omar-Pascal; and Citibank Boston with Gary Marotta Fine Art g-1.

Playing on the old cliché, A Gay Man and his Mother, Manuel Pardo, an openly gay artist, was best known for his series Mother & I, dedicating his work to his hero, his mother Gladys. In 2011 Pardo’s retrospective took place at the Begovich Gallery, The Fullerton Museum at CSUF accompanied by the publication of his monograph Pardo Universo Soñado in Technicolor, coordinated by Andrea Harris; foreward by Susana Torruella Leval, Director Emeritus, El Museo del Barrio; and essays contributed by Mike McGee, Director, CSUF Begovich Gallery; and David Frankel, Editorial Director at MOMA, The Complex Solace of Manuel Pardo.

Pardo died in November 2012 after a short illness while enjoying the success of his career survey show entitled Stardust at California State University, Fullerton 2011 and book entitled Universo Sonado In Technicolor released in 2012. An informal memorial show The Solstice Of Manuel Pardo curated by Christine McCarthy, Executive Director of Provincetown Art Association and Museum and Gary Marotta of Gary Marotta Fine Art g-1 in Provincetown was held at The Highline Loft in New York from April 26-May 18, 2013. The artist’s obituary, written by David Frankel, Senior Editor, Publications Department, Museum Of Modern Art, New York appeared in The Huffington Post on May 16, 2013.

TO?GO: Opening reception Saturday, December 7th from 6-9pm. Williams McCall Gallery, 110 Washington Avenue, CU-3, Miami Beach, For info: williamsmccallgallery.com  

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