Bass Museum of Art. Sandra Gamarra: At the Same Time (Al Mismo Tiempo)

Through Oct 16, 2011

The Bass Museum is showcasing Sandra Gamarra: At the Same Time (Al Mismo Tiempo) featuring works by Madrid-based Peruvian-born artist Sandra Gamarra created specifically for the museum.

Sandra Gamarra draws inspiration for this exhibition from her fascination of the parallels between artistic and mystical experiences. In an ongoing series of paintings entitled The New Worshipper and The Apostles, Gamarra suggests that art museums are sites for pilgrimage and worshipful contemplation. According to Gamarra, observing works of art is, before any political or philosophical reality, an act of faith. For her exhibition at the Bass Museum, the artist has created new paintings based on photographs taken of visitors looking at works in the museum’s Taplin Gallery, alluding to a spiritual relationship between the maker, the work, the viewer and the point at which they meet in the museum.

Sandra Gamarra is best known for instigating the fictional Lima Museum of Contemporary Art in 2002, an imaginary collection of paintings with accompanying merchandise based on her hand-painted reproductions of works by her contemporaries. Gamarra’s method of appropriation raises questions about issues of authenticity and the status of replicas. Her work is currently in the collections of MoMA; MUSAC, León; Tate Collection; and MALI, Lima and has been featured in such exhibitions as There is Always a Cup of Sea to Sail in, XXIX São Paulo Biennial (2010); Pipe, Glass, Bottle of Rum: The Art of Appropriation, MoMA, NY (2008); and Emergencies, MUSAC, León, Spain (2005). Sandra Gamarra was born in Peru in 1972. She currently works in Madrid, Spain.

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