Marisol Escobar is the recipient of VAEA’s Paez Medal of Art 2016

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New York, May 2nd, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A message from our Chairman, Ali Cordero Casal

We are honored to announce that The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts (VAEA) will present our highest award, The Páez Medal of Art 2016, for her important contribution to the arts to:

Nueva York, 2 de mayo de 2016
PARA SU DIFUSIÓN INMEDIATA

Un mensaje de nuestro Presidente, Ali Cordero Casal

El Fondo Venezolano Americano para las Artes (VAEA) se enorgullece en anunciar que presentará su mayor galardón, La Medalla Páez de las Artes 2016, por su importante contribución a las artes a:

MARISOL

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Marisol, 1985 by Arnold Newman.

Video produced by VAEA. Voiceover C. Max Media.
Additional footage: L’Ecole de New York (in the series Metamorphose) 40min. 1965 by Jean Antoine, Produced by RTB(Belgium national TV)/Sonuma.
Special thanks to Marina Pacini, The Andy Warhol Museum and Mali Aantoine-Funakoshi.

The Páez will be bestowed during VAEA’s Annual Benefit Gala on November 2016 in New York in an Homage ceremony to Marisol (May 22nd 1930 – April 30th 2016).

The VAEA is grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the life and work of Marisol, an artist whose border crossing talent and unique vision earned her a place in history as one of the greatest artists of her generation.

About Marisol

Born Maria Sol Escobar (May 22nd 1930 – April 30th 2016) in France to Venezuelan parents, Marisol became internationally known for her sculptures and pop art works. After studying painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1949) and then at the Art Students League (1950) and the Hans Hofmann School (1951–4) in New York, she developed an interest in Mexican, Pre-Columbian and American folk art and turned her attention to sculpture. In her early work she fashioned small, animated figurines out of bronze, terracotta and wood, often placing these pieces in compartmentalized, glass-fronted boxes. In 1961 she began to incorporate drawing, painting, and objets trouvés into complex, life-size figure arrangements. Cast fragments of her own body and images of her face frequently appear in her works from this decade, many of which address the position of women in modern society. Marisol’s images of contemporary culture, at once deadpan and satirical in tone, were produced in the context of Pop art; the personal, enigmatic, often primitive elements of her work, however, set it apart from the mainstream of the movement. In the early 1970s she carved small, exotic fishes out of mahogany, with her own face on them, and produced a series of prints and drawings. In the 1980s she returned to large-scale figural assemblages, creating a series of portrait ‘homages’ to well-known contemporary artists and personalities. Her works have been acquired by prominent international collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of Art among others. Most recently, in 2014 El Museo del Barrio of NYC included Marisol in their “Women in Art” Series with the exhibition Marisol, Sculptures and Works on Paper, which VAEA was proud to support. Marisol passed away on Saturday April 30th, 2016 at the age of 85 in New York City.

La Medalla Páez de las Artes será otorgada durante la Gala benéfica anual de VAEA en Noviembre 2016 en la ciudad de Nueva York en una ceremonia en homenaje a la artista plástica venezolana Marisol (22 mayo 1930 – 30 abril 2016).

El Fondo Venezolano Americano para las Artes celebrará la vida y el trabajo de Marisol Escobar, cuyo talento de avanzada y visión única le han merecido un lugar en la historia como una de las grandes artistas de su generación.

Sobre Marisol

María Sol Escobar nace en Francia de padres venezolanos, Marisol se dio a conocer internacionalmente por sus esculturas y obras de Pop art. Después de estudiar pintura en la Ecole des Beaux-Arts en Paris (1949) y en la Liga de Estudiantes de Arte (1950) y la Hans Hofmann School (1951-4) en Nueva York, desarrolló un interés por el folklore Mexicano, Norteamericano y Pre-colombino y fijo su atención en la escultura. En sus primeros trabajos realizaba pequeñas figurinas animadas en bronce, terracota y madera, las cuales colocaba repetidamente en cajas compartimentadas con frente de vidrio. En 1961 empezó a incorporar dibujo, pintura y objetos encontrados en complejas instalaciones de figuras de tamaño real. En su trabajo de esa década, suelen aparecer partes de su propio cuerpo moldeadas en yeso e imágenes de su cara, frecuentemente referenciando la posición de la mujer en la sociedad. La postura de Marisol sobre la cultura contemporánea, con su tono impasible y satírico a la vez, se produjo en el ambiente del Pop art, sin embargo, los elementos personales, enigmáticos y a veces primitivos de su trabajo lo separaban del movimiento Pop más establecido. Al principio de los años setenta, talló pequeños y exóticos peces de madera de caoba con su propia cara en ellos, y produjo una serie de impresiones y dibujos. Durante los ochenta volvió a los ensamblajes figurativos de gran escala, creando una serie de retratos homenaje de personalidades y artistas contemporáneos. Sus obras se encuentran en importantes colecciones tales como el Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art y The Whitney Museum of Art entre otros. Recientemente en el año 2014, el Museo del Barrio de Nueva York incluyó a Marisol en su serie Women in Art (Mujeres en el arte) con la exhibición Marisol, Sculptures and Works on Paper (Marisol, Esculturas y Trabajos en Papel), muestra de la que El Fondo Venezolano para las Artes está orgulloso de haber contribuido como patrocinante. Marisol falleció este pasado 30 de abril 2016 a la edad de 85 años en la ciudad de Nueva York.

About the Páez Medal of Art

The Páez Medal of Art is awarded once a year to an individual or group that has had an impact and contributed to the excellence, growth, support and proliferation of the arts in Venezuela and the United States; Historically The Páez is bestowed to living artists, however an exception has been made on this occasion as Marisol had been unanimously selected by VAEA’s Board of Directors to obtain the award and given the official notification before her death on April 30th 2016. Previous recipients include: North American photographer Annie Leibovitz in 2015, Venezuelan Art Advocate Sofía Imber in 2014, North American artist Robert Wilson in 2013 and Venezuelan visual artist Carlos Cruz-Diez in 2012.

About VAEA

The VAEA is a NY based 501(c)3 public charity, founded on June 13, 1990 with the mission of promoting the best of Venezuelan and US cultures through bi-national cultural, educational and social programs, to learn more about our programs visit VAEArts.org

For additional information call 917 2858232 (vaea) or contact:
Valeria Cordero, Executive Director valeriacordero@vaearts.org
Veronica Liprandi, Director of VAEA Venezuela vliprandi@vaearts.org
Anabela Mendoza, Programs Associate anabelamendoza@vaearts.org

Sobre la Medalla Páez de las Artes

La Medalla Páez de las Artes se otorga una vez al año a un individuo o grupo que ha tenido un impacto y contribuido a la excelencia, el crecimiento, el apoyo y la proliferación de las artes en Venezuela y los Estados Unidos. Históricamente la Medalla Páez se otorga a artistas en vida, sin embargo en esta ocasión, se ha hecho una excepción ya que Marisol fue elegida unánimemente por la Junta Directiva de VAEA y fue notificada del galardón antes de su muerte el 30 de abril de 2016. Los homenajeados anteriores incluyen a la fotógrafa norteamericana Annie Leibovitz en el 2015, la periodista y promotora cultural venezolana Sofía Ímber en el 2014, el artista norteamericano Robert Wilson en el 2013 y en el 2012 el artista plástico venezolano Carlos Cruz-Diez.

Sobre VAEA

El Fondo Venezolano Americano para las Artes (VAEA), es una organización benéfica 501 (c) 3 de NY, fundada el 13 de junio de 1990 para conmemorar el 200 aniversario del nacimiento en Acarigua, Venezuela de José Antonio Páez. Nuestra misión es fortalecer los lazos de amistad entre los Estados Unidos de América y Venezuela a través de programas culturales y sociales binacionales.

Para información adicional llame a nuestra oficina en Nueva York 917 2858232 o contacte a:
Valeria Cordero, Directora Ejecutiva valeriacordero@vaearts.org
Veronica Liprandi, Directora de Operaciones VAEA Venezuela vliprandi@vaearts.org
Anabela Mendoza, Coordinadora de Programas anabelamendoza@vaearts.org

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