Puerto Rican abstract expressionist painter Olga Albizu experiments here with the use of collage to create the suggestion of a figurative image—in this case, a portrait. Albizu’s “Untitled (Portrait of Adele),” though distinctly different in its medium and monochromatic character, bears an intriguingly strong resemblance to Albizu’s abstract paintings, colorful patchworks that make use of large, textured swaths of color to create eye-popping, animated geometric compositions. Here, torn strips of paper come together to form the distinct image of a woman’s face and hair, with the suggestion of her jawline and upper body below
Paper collage with pencil
25 x 19 in (63.5 x 48.26 cm)
Signed in pencil on lower left, recto.
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