FERNANDO BOTERO A STILL LIFE RETROSPECTIVE
12 November 2018 – 10 February 2019
Custot Gallery Dubai is pleased to present a major exhibition of still life paintings, drawings and watercolours by the internationally renowned Colombian artist, Fernando Botero. These works, which come from the artist’s own collection and are being exhibited for the first time, were created between 1980 and 2018.
Throughout thirty still life works representing flowers, fruit, objects, musical instruments and fantastic scenes of everyday moments, the artist pays tribute to the Old Master paintings he studied as a young student in Europe during the 1950s.
In 1956, Botero painted Still life with mandolin, the very incarnation of the artist’s interest in the age-old tradition of still life painting. The play of proportions and the distortion of volumes in this work marks a turning point in his career.
Fernando Botero (born in 1932 in Medellín, Colombia) is a figurative artist and painter. His signature style of smooth inflated shapes with unexpected shifts in scale is today instantly recognisable. His first retrospective took place in 1970 in Germany at museums in Baden Baden, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hamburg.
His work is held in important museum collections troughout the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; The Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland and Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany.
Opening reception: Monday 12 November from 6pm to 9 pm.
Courtesy of Custot Gallery Dubai and the artist About Custot Gallery Dubai Custot Gallery Dubai, founded by Stéphane Custot, opened in March 2016 in the heart of Alserkal Avenue, the city’s hub for arts. The gallery showcases modern and contemporary artists such as Josef Albers, Chu Teh-Chun, Ian Davenport, Jean Dubuffet, Nicolas de Staël, Barry Flanagan, Peter Halley, Robert Indiana, Jedd Novatt, Marc Quinn, Pablo Reinoso, James Rosenquist, Pierre Soulages, Franck Stella ans Bernar Venet. Custot Gallery Dubai represents the European and American artists Fernando Botero, Nick Brandt, Ian Davenport, Richard Höglund, Umberto Mariani, Jedd Novatt, Marc Quinn, Pablo Reinoso, Sophia Vari, Bernar Venet, Fabienne Verdier, Aaron Young and the Estates of Barry Flanagan and Robert Indiana.