Beatriz González, retrospectiva, exh. cat., Museo des Bellas Artes, Caracas (12 June – 21 August 1994), Caracas, Museo des Bellas Artes, 1994→
Jaramillo, Carmen Maria, Beatriz González, Bogotá, Villegas Asociados, 2006→
Beatriz González. La comedia y la tragedia, exh. cat., Museo de arte moderno, Medellín (23 November 2011 – 4 March 2012), Medellín, Museo de arte moderno, 2011
Beatriz González, CAPC, Bordeaux, 23 November 2017 – 25 February 2018 ; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 22 March – 2 September 2018 ; Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Artn Berlin, 13 October 2018 – 6 January 2019→
Beatriz González: a retrospective, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, 19 April – 1 September 2019 ; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 27 October 2019 – 20 January 2020
Colombian painter, art historian and critic.
Beatriz González studied fine arts at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and print-making at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Her first solo show took place in 1964 at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, where B. González exhibited her Encajeras [Lacemaker] series based on Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting. This series revealed what would reoccur in her oeuvre: a careful study of canonical paintings and an interest in color blocking and saturated colors. As her career progressed, B. González became aware of the intersection between old master paintings and their re-signification in so-called Third World countries, such as Colombia, where these images are ubiquitous in mass media and popular among many sectors of society. This link between formal painting and widely held traditions propelled González to become one of the leading pointers in what at the time was known as neo figuración (new figuration) and what today is generally known as pop art. The 1965 painting series Los Suicidas del Sisga [The Suicides of Sisga] was inspired by a tabloid story, published in the local newspaper El Tiempo, about a young couple who committed suicide by throwing themselves over the Sisga Dam. Other series depicted images of important politicians, family portraits published in newspaper society pages, and naive scenes painted on city buses.
The political impact of B. Gonzalez’s works has led her to be considered as a key player in the shaping of conceptual art in Colombia. With Los Suicidas del Sisga, B. González won second prize in the 17th Salón de Artistas Nacionales (1965). During her career she has received other awards, such as second prize at the 1st Salón de Pintura (1965) in Cali and special mention at the 33rd Salon Nacional de Artistás de Colombia (1990). Adding to these accolades is her participation in important biennials, such as the 11th Bienal de São Paulo (1971), 38th Venice Biennale (1978), 8th Berlin Biennale (2014), and documenta 14, Kassel (2017). Most recently, Los Suicidas del Sisga and her furniture piece La Última Mesa [The Last Table, 1970] were included in The World Goes Pop at Tate Modern, London (2015). B. González’s work has extended beyond the gallery walls. Since 1983 she has curated numerous exhibitions in Colombia and has published monographs on individual artists, including Luis Caballero (1943-1995). Her work is in international collections such as Havana’s Casa de las Américas and New York’s Museum of Modern Art and El Museo del Barrio as well as in museums in Colombia.
Publication made in partnership with the Hammer Museum, in the framework of the exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985.
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© Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions
Beatriz González, Los suicidas del Sisga III [The Sisga Suicides III], 1965, oil on canvas, 100 x 85 cm, National Museum of Colombia, © Beatriz González
Beatriz González, El silencio [the silence], Self-portrait nude crying and El paraíso [the Paradise], 1997, oil on canvas, 160 x 45 cm, private collection, © Beatriz González
Beatriz González, Decoración de Interiores [Interior decoration], 1981, screenprint on canvas, 269 x 1958 cm, vue d’exposition documenta 14, Athens Conservatoire, © Photo: Mathias Voelzke, © Beatriz González
Beatriz González, Gratia Plena (Tocador) [Full of Grace (Vanity)], 1971, enamel on metal assembly on furniture, 149.8 x 149.8 x 38.1 cm, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, © Beatriz González
Beatriz González, Los papagayos [the parrots], 1987, oil on paper, 74.9 x 198.1 cm, Pérez Art Museum Miami, © Beatriz González
Beatriz González, Los Predicadores [The Preachers], 2000, charcoal and pastel on canvas, 123.35 x 209.55 x 4.44 cm, Pérez Art Museum Miam, © Beatriz González
Beatriz González, Villa María, 1985, enamel on pottery, 96.5 x 19.8 x 19.8 cm, Pérez Art Museum Miami, © Beatriz González