Untitled, Bronx Storefront, "La Rumba Supermarket"
late 1980s Emilio Sánchez Born: Camagüey, Cuba 1921 Died: Warwick, New York 1999 watercolor on paper sheet and image: 40 x 59 1/2 in. (101.6 x 151.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation © Emilio Sanchez Foundation 2011.19.5 Not currently on view
In the 1980s, Sánchez turned to the urban landscape of New York, where commercial establishments like bodegas (corner stores) evoked places and people from the Caribbean. La Rumba Supermarket is named after a signature Cuban rhythm that became internationalized after the 1930s. The brightly hued structure reflects the color palette of Caribbean domestic architecture and suggests the ways Latino culture transformed the appearance and “language” of this major American metropolis
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013
Architecture Exterior - commercial - store
Cityscape - New York - Bronx
paint - watercolor