LLuís Lleó will place 5 large paintings on sandstone on the street of New York from May to July
The artist will place from 1 May to 31 July 2017 five large painted blocks on the streets of New York. This great work is the result of a collaboration between NYC Parks, The Fund for Park Avenue, the Gallery Marc Domènech, the Instituto Cervantes, Banc Sabadell, Indus, the Institut Ramon Llull and The Hue. With the ‘sculptural/pictorial’ installation ‘Morpho’s Nest in the Cadmium House’ at Park Avenue, the artist pays homage to a pictorial tradition.
They are five blocks of sandstone from the Empordà region of Catalonia on the Mediterranean. Cut like large canvases, they are painted on the front and back. From their base, they measure almost four metres in height and are located between 52nd and 56th Streets. The first by the Seagram Building is a clear nod to Mies van der Rohe. With the ‘sculptural/pictorial’ installation ‘Morpho’s Nest in The Cadmium House’, the painter Lluís Lleó (Barcelona, 1961) pays tribute to the Catalan Romanic fresco tradition of seven centuries ago, and to the journey he made twenty-eight years ago from Barcelona to New York. Artists such as Jean Dubuffet, Robert Indiana and Niki de Saint Phalle have shown their sculptures in the same place. Now, with Lleó, this is the first time that paintings have been exhibited.
The installation ‘Morpho’s Nest in The Cadmium House’ will be seen on Park Avenue, at 52nd and 56th Streets in New York from 1 May to 31 July 2017. A parallel exhibition at the Instituto Cervantes of New York (211 E 49th St) from 5 to 9 of May, will include the project’s preparatory drawings and pieces, as well as some fabrics.
Image 1: Pontpoint, France (Photo: Benjamin Rufi)
Image 2: Pontpoint, France (Photo: Benjamin Rufi). Detail
Image 3: Shelter Island, New York (Photo: Manuel Ortiz Monzón)