Luis Cruz Azaceta 'Self Portrait Smiling,' 1977

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Self Portrait Smiling, 1977
color pencil, paper
24 x 19 inches
LCAd 135

Luis Cruz Azaceta 'Indifference (Small Infernos),' 1977

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Indifference (Small Infernos), 1977
color pencil, paper
18 x 24 inches
LCAd 136

Luis Cruz Azaceta 'Back Alley Assassination,' 1978

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Back Alley Assassination, 1978
color pencil, paper
23 3/4 x 18 inches
LCAd 137

Luis Cruz Azaceta 'Killed and Robbed a Golden Tooth and His Credit Card,' 1978

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Killed and Robbed a Golden Tooth and His Credit Card, 1978
color pencil, paper
18 x 24 inches
LCAd 138

Luis Cruz Azaceta 'Arsenal,' 1978

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Arsenal, 1978
color pencil, paper
18 x 24 inches
LCAd 139

Luis Cruz Azaceta 'Autoretrato, Pistola y Otras Cositas,' 1979

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Autoretrato, Pistola y Otras Cositas, 1979
watercolor, color pencil, paper
35 x 25 inches
LCAd 141

Luis Cruz Azaceta, 'Self Portrait: Spitting Bullets,' 1980

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Self Portrait: Spitting Bullets, 1980
color ink, crayon, collage on paper
22 1/4 x 30 inches
LCAd 133

Luis Cruz Azaceta 'Self Portrait of Throwing the Devil Out,' 1981

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Self Portrait of Throwing the Devil Out, 1981
ink, pencil, paper
22 x 30 inches
LCAd 02

Installation view, Luis Cruz Azaceta, 'Self Portraits, Watercolors and Drawings 1977-1981,' George Adams Gallery, New York, 2011.

Installation view, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Self Portraits, Watercolors and Drawings 1977-1981, George Adams Gallery, New York, 2011.

Installation view, Luis Cruz Azaceta, 'Self Portraits, Watercolors and Drawings 1977-1981,' George Adams Gallery, New York, 2011.

Installation view, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Self Portraits, Watercolors and Drawings 1977-1981, George Adams Gallery, New York, 2011.

Luis Cruz Azaceta exhibition announcement card picturing 'Self Portrait: Spitting Bullets,' 1980.

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Show Announcement Card

Luis Cruz Azaceta exhibition announcement card 2011 (back)

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Show Announcement Card

Press Release

Also during November and December the George Adams Gallery will exhibit a group of 8 watercolors by Luis Cruz Azaceta made between 1977 and 1981. Included in the exhibition are several unsparing depictions of inner city life inspired by real-life events as well as several early self-portraits, such as the sinister “Self-portrait: Smiling” from 1977, and the more light-hearted “Self-portrait: Spitting Bullets” of 1981. Luis Cruz Azaceta was born in Cuba in 1946, immigrated to New York in 1960, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1969. The recipient of numerous grants and the subject of several museum surveys, Azaceta has lived and worked in New Orleans since 1992.

Exhibition Checklist

1.
Back Alley Assassination
1978
color pencil, paper
23 3/4 x 18 inches
LCAd 137

2.
Self Portrait Smiling
1977
color pencil, paper
24 x 19 inches
LCAd 135

3.
Self Portrait: Spitting Bullets
1980
color ink, crayon, collage on paper
22 1/4 x 30 inches
LCAd 133

4.
Arsenal
1978
color pencil, paper
18 x 24 inches
LCAd 139

5.
Autoretrato, Pistola y Otras Cositas
1979
watercolor, color pencil, paper
35 x 25 inches
LCAd 141

6.
Indifference (Small Infernos)
1977
color pencil, paper
18 x 24 inches
LCAd 136

7.
Self-Portrait Throwing the Devil Out
1981
ink, pencil, paper
22 x 30 inches
LCad02

8.
Killed and Robbed a Golden Tooth and His Credit Card
1978
color pencil, paper
18 x 24 inches
LCAd 138