Whitehot Recommends: Ruben Natal-San Miguel : Women R Beautiful at the Griffin Museum

Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Carrie Mae Weems, 2022. Watermill, NY. Courtesy of the artist.

Ruben Natal-San Miguel: Women R Beautiful

Griffin Museum

March 20 through May 29, 2023

By WM, March 2023

From the press release:

The Griffin Museum is excited to bring Ruben Natal San Miguel to Lafayette City Center to celebrate his magnum opus, Women R Beautiful. This solo exhibition featuring the portraits of women Natal San Miguel crosses paths with are stunning. Frank and honest, the women are confident, self aware and direct with their gaze into the lens. This exhibition is featured during Women’s History Month, and we are excited to showcase the diversity and breadth of the female gaze and shared experience of portraiture at its most pure.

Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Yolande, 2022. The Bronx, NYC. Courtesy of the artist.

RUBEN NATAL-SAN MIGUEL is an architect, fine art photographer, curator, creative director and critic. His stature in the photo world has earned him awards, features in major media, countless exhibitions and collaborations with photo icons such as Magnum Photographer Susan Meiselas. Gallery shows include: Asya Geisberg, SoHo Photo, Rush Arts, Finch & Ada, Kris Graves Projects, Fuchs Projects, WhiteBox Gallery, Station Independent Projects Gallery, LMAK Gallery,  Postmasters Gallery  Rome  & NYC  and others. His work has been featured in numerous institutions: The New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Griffin Museum of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, African American Museum of Philadelphia, The Makeshift Museum in Los Angeles, University of Washington, El Museo del Barrio and Phillips Auction House and Aperture Foundation. 

Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Patricia Cronin (LBGTQ+ Monument), 2022. The Bronx, NYC. Courtesy of the artist.

International art fair representation includes: Outsider Art Fair, SCOPE, PULSE, Art Chicago, Zona Maco, Mexico, Lima Photo, Peru and Photo LA. and Filter Photo Festival in Chicago Ill.  His photography has been published in a long list of publications, highlights: New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Time OUT, Aperture, Daily News, OUT, American Photo, ARTFORUM, VICE, Musee, ARTnet and The New Yorker, PBS and NPR. In 2016, Ruben’s Marcy’s Playground was selected for both the Billboard Collective and website for Apple. His photographs are in the permanent collections of El Museo Del Barrio in NYC, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, The Contemporary Collection of the Mint Museum Charlotte, North Carolina, The Bronx  Museum for the Arts, School of Visual Arts, NYC, The Fitchburg Museum of Art, Massachusetts, The North Carolina Museum of Art at Raleigh, NC., The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem and The Museum of The City of NY, The Provincetown Art Museum, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Museum Center at Vassar College and The Museum of Fine Arts , Boston, MA. WM


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