The Art Show

November 4 - 7, 2021

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Installation view of Corbett vs Dempsey booth at The Art Show, November 4 - November 7, 2021. Photo courtesy of the artists and Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, IL.

Installation view of Corbett vs Dempsey booth at The Art Show, November 4 - November 7, 2021. Photo courtesy of the artists and Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, IL.

Installation view of Corbett vs Dempsey booth at The Art Show, November 4 - November 7, 2021. Photo courtesy of the artists and Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, IL.

Installation view of Corbett vs Dempsey booth at The Art Show, November 4 - November 7, 2021. Photo courtesy of the artists and Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, IL.

Installation view of Corbett vs Dempsey booth at The Art Show, November 4 - November 7, 2021. Photo courtesy of the artists and Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, IL.

Omar Velázquez, Tijereta, 2021, oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

Omar Velázquez, Dead End, 2021, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50 x 42 inches.

Omar Velázquez, Trap, 2021, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50 x 42 inches.

Emilio Cruz, I Am Food..., 2004, graphite on paper, 19 1/2 x 25 3/4 inches. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Emilio Cruz, Mice Scrutinizing Art and Culture, 2004, graphite on paper, 20 1/4 x 28 inches. Photo: Olympia Shannon.

Press Release

Corbett vs. Dempsey presents two artists of different generations from the broader Caribbean diaspora. Emilio Cruz (1938-2004), a major figure in New York's 1960s figurative expressionist movement, who showed at Martha Jackson and Zabriskie Galleries, was born in Brooklyn of Cuban heritage. We will be exhibiting an important late work by Cruz, the 20-panel set of drawings from 2004 titled "I Am Food, I Eat the Eater of Food." Omar Velázquez (b. 1984) lives between Puerto Rico and Chicago; his vibrant canvases feature deep perspective backgrounds with tableaux of objects in the fore. Corbett vs. Dempsey will be showing new canvases and hand-crafted instruments by Velázquez. These artists – both committed in their personal way to representation, both engaged with allegory and allusion – are acute social critics and defiant humanists whose national and ethnic identity is at once central to their work and at the service of an expansive universalist vision.

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