MARISOL: Sculptures and Works on Paper

October 8, 2014 – January 10, 2015


This retrospective project seeks to re-establish Marisol as a major figure in postwar American art while also fostering a broader understanding of her work. This exhibition and catalogue will provide a comprehensive look at Marisol’s biography and career, placing her within a larger historical context.

The exhibition at El Museo del Barrio will feature 21 significant works—both sculptures and works on paper. Sculptures in the exhibition will range in date from 1955 to 1998 and will include examples of the various media Marisol used (bronze casting, wood carving,



Supported by

The Jacques & Natasha Gelman Foundation

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assemblage, plaster casts, and terracotta) as well as the many themes and subjects she considered (portraiture, including her family as well as famous and anonymous people; women’s roles; Native Americans, the poor, and other disenfranchised people; and art history).

The exhibition will also consider, for the first time, Marisol’s works on paper, which often address the same themes as her sculptures, but with a strong undercurrent of violence and eroticism. The works in the exhibition have been chosen carefully to elucidate Marisol’s artistic evolution, both in terms of subject matter and materials.


This exhibition has been organized by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee.