Radiante

  • Olga Albizu, Radiante, 1967, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of JPMorgan Chase, 2013.17

In Radiante, Albizu rhythmically applied large blocks of pigment against a yellow background to orchestrate what she called a conversation between color and form.” Her vivid palette conveys that, like other abstract expressionists, she believed in the emotive power of color. Albizu’s works are recognized worldwide because her canvases graced the covers of several RCA and Verve jazz albums, including the bossa nova classic Getz/​Gilberto (1964). One of the first Puerto Rican artists to embrace abstraction, Albizu studied with painter Esteban Vicente before moving to New York City. There she became a student of Hans Hofmann, the German émigré artist who had a decisive impact on midcentury American art.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

The Latino Art Collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum represents a deep and continuing commitment to building a great national collection reflecting the rich contributions of Latinos to the United States, from the colonial period to the present. These artworks present a picture of an evolving national culture that challenges expectations of what is meant by the words American and Latino.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

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En Radiante, Albizu aplicó en forma rítmica grandes bloques de pigmento sobre un fondo amarillo para orquestar lo que llamaba una conversación entre el color y la forma”. Su vívida paleta expresa que, al igual que otros expresionistas abstractos, la artista creía en el poder emotivo del color. La obra de Albizu es mundialmente reconocida y sus telas han adornado las cubiertas de varios álbumes de jazz de RCA y Verve, incluyendo el clásico de la bossa nova Getz/​Gilberto (1964). Entre los primeros artistas puertorriqueños en adoptar la abstracción, Albizu estudió con el pintor Esteban Vicente antes de mudarse a Nueva York. Allí se convirtió en estudiante de Hans Hoffmann, el artista emigrado alemán que tuvo un impacto decisivo en el arte estadounidense de mediados de siglo.

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense, 2013

Title
Radiante
Artist
Date
1967
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
6862 in. (172.7157.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of JPMorgan Chase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2013.17
Palette
Linked Open Data
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