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In Dialogue: Latina artists use clay, female form to explore personal, generational and cultural identity

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/arts_and_culture/arts-theater/ferrin-contemporary-clay-cristina-cordova–kukuli-velarde/article_af2cd06c-3c08-11ec-b324-f72d4c98e2dc.html By Jennifer Huberdeau, The Berkshire Eagle Nov 5, 2021 Velarde’s figure is looking out toward America, and at the same time side-to-side and behind, as an attitude of awareness to her surroundings. All of this is painted as an almost-but-not-quite-Vitruvian-meets-the-crucified-Christ-woman to comment on the the cultural expectations of femme […]

CORPUS at PAM

by Thomas Hine, For The Inquirer Published May 6, 2021 Inside the Art Museum’s new galleries, a promising profusion of art-makers and more expansive narratives An exhibition of works by local art-makers opens the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s new contemporary galleries. The new Early American galleries reframe that collection to tell a […]

In Philly galleries, three must-see shows for December

Frank feminism at Taller Puertorriqueño Kukuli Velarde, a Peruvian-born Philadelphia artist, is known primarily for her feminist ceramic reinterpretations of pre-Columbian sculptures. The recipient of a Pew Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is now having her first Philadelphia solo show of paintings, at Taller Puertorriqueno. “The Complicit Eye” features […]

KUKULI VELARDE: THE COMPLICIT EYE

On view through March 16, 2019 The Complicit Eye, Kukuli Velarde’s first major solo show of painting in the US, deconstructs ideals of female beauty from colonization to the local barrio. Velarde dissects the construction and consumption of beauty in Western culture, exposing the connections between beauty and violence. Through painting, […]

Kukuli Velarde’s Plunder Me, Baby

Reviewed by Christopher Michno Plunder Me, Baby—sounds like an invitation, but an invitation to what? There’s irony aplenty in that title and it leaves a sickening aftertaste, as it’s meant. Kukuli Velarde’s trenchant and caustically humorous ceramic sculptures fix within their sights the conquest—both cultural and corporeal—of Latin America. This […]

Infoceramica

La obra de Kukuli Velarde es profundamente personal, no porque se componga de claves subjetivas e indescibrables, más bien al contrario: como la de cualquier persona, la vida de un artista se compone de un bagaje que afecta y condiciona, o al menos influye, cada aspecto de su vida o […]