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Dos flamencos y diecisiete instantes – NEW WORKS at Nicolas Krupp (Art Basel 2016)

At present, Diango Hernández’s work can be seen in the solo exhibition Beach. A Longing in K21 – Kunstsammlung NRW in Düsseldorf. On 21 May, the solo exhibition Theoretical Beach will open at the Museum Morsbroich in Leverkusen. Besides this, his works can also be seen in several institutional group exhibitions, including Wir nennen es Ludwig in the Museum Ludwig in Cologne (opening on 26 August)…
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Diango Hernández at Nicolas Krupp by Quinn Latimer for Artforum, March 2012

But water, in all its forms―liquid flood, steamlike evaporation, crystal-like ice―was the point of Hernández’s show. See the suit of nine framed works on paper, Crsitales, 1936 (all works 2011), which opened the exhibition in one long, even row. The elegantly modern black-and-white prints of heavy and decorous Villeroy & Boch crystals goblets and glasses―arranged on tabletops like classically commercial rejoinders to Giorgio Morandi’s more abstracted assemblages of vases―were taken from a 1936 German catalogue. Besides the framing, Hernández’s touch could be located in the delicate pools of translucent watercolor that filled many of the glasses with lemon, sky blue, and rusty orange. Farther down the wall hung a set of larger, watercolor-on-linen paintings, from a series titled ‘Humid Memories,’ 2011-, the same bright colors illuminating their brown-linen grounds. Here the color assumed the form of cloudlike stains, hovering and blossoming from the canvases’ centers. It was as if a painting by Paul Klee and Marc Chagal had been distilled of both figure and form until just color―ever so subtle, without gesture―remained, gorgeously spectral yet oddly specific…
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