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Danza de Carnaval

1974 Freddy Rodríguez Born: Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic 1945 acrylic on canvas 96 x 32 in. (243.8 x 81.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 1974, Freddy Rodríguez 2011.10.1 Not currently on view

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As a young artist based in New York, Rodríguez was drawn to Piet Mondrian’s works on view at the Museum of Modern Art and the hard-edge painting of Frank Stella and other contemporary Americans. These antecedents inspired Rodríguez’s own geometric abstractions, which increasingly began to refer to aspects of his own cultural background. His canvases transpose the energy of salsa and Dominican merengue into visual form. The slender life-size paintings evoke couples whose arms and hips sway to the sounds of Caribbean music.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013


Abstract - geometric