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Installation view, Firelei Baez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Baez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei BAez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Baez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

Installation view, Firelei Báez, Americananana, James Cohan, 48 Walker Street, October 27 - December 21, 2022

arched abstracted oil and acrylic painting by Firelei Baez

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Madeline (Rupture rapture maroonage), 2022

Oil and acrylic on canvas panel

113 1/2 x 78 in.
288.3 x 198.1 cm

 

JCG11534

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Madeline (Rupture rapture maroonage), 2022

Detail

 

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Untitled (Premiere Carte Pour L'Introduction A L'Histoire Du Monde), 2022

Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

76 1/4 x 96 5/8 in.
193.7 x 245.3 cm

 

JCG13204

 

thick bright orange oil paint spill on canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Untitled (Premiere Carte Pour L'Introduction A L'Histoire Du Monde), 2022

Detail

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Olamina (How do we learn to love each other while we are embattled), 2022

Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

86 3/8 x 114 1/2 in.
219.4 x 290.8 cm

 

JCG11940

detail of abstracted painting of sheer linen and colorful flowers

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Olamina (How do we learn to love each other while we are embattled), 2022

Detail

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Black counter gravity (Carte figurative et approximative des quantités de coton en laine importés en Europe en 1858 et 1861), 2022

Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

102 x 64 5/8 in.
259.1 x 164.1 cm

 

JCG11291

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Black counter gravity (Carte figurative et approximative des quantités de coton en laine importés en Europe en 1858 et 1861), 2022

Detail

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Haitian Mermaid (Describing the West India Navigation, from Hudson's-Bay to the River Amazones), 2022

Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

73 7/8 x 60 7/8 in.
187.5 x 154.5 cm

 

JCG11259

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Haitian Mermaid (Describing the West India Navigation, from Hudson's-Bay to the River Amazones), 2022

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Untitled (Plate 36. Vertical and Latitudinal Distribution of Animal Life), 2022

Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

89 1/4 x 106 3/4 in.
226.7 x 271.1 cm

 

JCG12093

detail of abstracted oil painting of yellow, whimsical, feathers

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Untitled (Plate 36. Vertical and Latitudinal Distribution of Animal Life), 2022

Detail

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Fruta Fina, Fruta Estrańa (Lee Monument), 2022

Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

88 1/4 x 111 in.
224.2 x 281.9 cm

 

JCG13967

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Fruta Fina, Fruta Estrańa (Lee Monument), 2022

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Untitled (Les tables de geographie reduites en un jeu de cartes), 2022

Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

82 3/8 x 105 3/4 in.
209.2 x 268.4 cm

 

JCG13203

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Untitled (Les tables de geographie reduites en un jeu de cartes), 2022

Detail

 

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Untitled (Routes of the famous flying Clipper ships), 2022

Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

77 7/8 x 112 3/4 in.
197.8 x 286.2 cm

 

JCG13200

abstracted painting made of Oil and acrylic on archival printed canvas

FIRELEI BÁEZ

Untitled (Routes of the famous flying Clipper ships), 2022

Detail

Press Release

James Cohan is pleased to present Americananana, an exhibition of new paintings by Firelei Báez, on view from October 27 through December 21, 2022 at the gallery’s 48 Walker Street location. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist on Thursday, October 27th from 6-8 PM. 

 

For over a decade, Báez has painted transcendent chromatic interplays of abstract gesture and symbolic imagery directly onto found maps and printed materials to disrupt the boundaries they serve to delineate. For her third solo exhibition with the gallery, Báez presents a group of immersive large-scale canvases that continue and deepen her ongoing exploration of narratives of Euro-American exceptionalism. In her vivid new paintings, Báez ruminates on the foundational mythologies that have come to form a uniquely American brand of nostalgia, one shaped by the projected desire for an idealized past that never was. 


The exhibition’s title is a reference to Katy Siegel’s 2010 exhibition, Americanana, whose altered spelling of Americana was intended to “evoke the absurdity of European settlers using Indian words to name soccer clubs and suburban streets…or the countless other attempts in our culture to recover a lost past.” Through her world-building painterly interventions, Báez confronts these exclusionary streams of influence, decentering them with explosive, prismatic abstract conjurations intermingled with spectacularly constructed trompe-l'œil figuration. 

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