No Ocean Between Us at San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), February 12, 2021 – May 9, 2021

No Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & The Caribbean, 1945–Present features approximately 65 works of modern and contemporary art by Latin American and Caribbean artists of Asian descent. This exhibition highlights artists whose work reflects the global dialogues between their Asian heritages and their Latin American or Caribbean identities, as well as the major artistic movements of their times. Included in the exhibition are paintings, works on paper, sculptures, and mixed media works by artists from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
 
No Ocean Between Us provides context to understanding the complex and multifaceted nature of cultural diversity in modern Latin American and Caribbean societies. The exhibition allows the viewer to explore how an artist’s unique experience of migration shaped their work. Inspired by the permanent collection of the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States, the exhibition features works by Brazilian artists Manabu Mabe, Tomie Ohtake, Yukata Toyota, Tikashi Fukushima, and Kazuo Wakabashi; Argentine artist Kasuya Sakai; Peruvian artists Venancio Shinki, Arturo Kubotta, Carlos Runcie Tanaka, and Eduardo Tokeshi; Trinidadian artist M.P. Alladin; Mexican artist Luis Nishizawa; Cuban artist Wifredo Lam; and Surinamese artist Soeki Irodikromo.” — San Antonio Museum of Art

Manabu Mabe, Agonia (Agony), 1963, oil on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection. Gift of Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho.
Manabu Mabe, Solemn Pact, 1980, acrylic and oil on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection.
M. P. Alladin, Las Palmas (The Palms), 1973, acrylic on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection.
Tikashi Fukushima, Verde (Green), 1972, oil on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection.
Soeki Irodikromo, Untitled, 1986, oil on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection. Gift of the Government of Suriname.
Wilfredo Lam, Retrato, 1982, lithograph. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection.
Wilfredo Lam, Untitled, 1965, charcoal and pastel. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection.
Venancio Shinki , Tierras Bien, c. 1968, oil on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection.
Yutaka, Toyota, Em Tempo Anterior ao Nada (In the Time before Nothing), 1970, mixed media. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection.
Carlos Runcie Tanaka, Vessel Object, 1989, clay. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection.
Carlos Runcie Tanaka, Jarron (Vase), 1988, clay. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection.
Arturo Kubotta, Cosmic Sedimentation, 1963, mixed media. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection. Gift of Bernice Weinstein.
Tomie Ohtake, Untitled, 1968, oil on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas
Tomie Ohtake, Untitled, 1968, oil on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

“Cross-cultural exchanges and dialogues have had an incredible impact on the development of global art movements and continue to shape the creation of art today. No Ocean Between Us offers an opportunity to learn about the under-explored influences of Asian artists in Latin America and Caribbean, as well as the history and contemporary identities of the region. This is a growing area of study, and I am excited to share the incredible work of the featured artists with our audiences,” said Lucía Abramovich Sánchez, SAMA’s Associate Curator of Latin American Art. “This exhibition also establishes interesting connections with the Museum’s extensive Latin American and Asian art collections, expanding the narratives that we can tell across our permanent and special exhibition galleries.”

Images courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art.