Pérez Art Museum Miami acquires work by Virginia Jaramillo

Hales is proud to announce that the Pérez Art Museum Miami have acquired Untitled, 1973, by American artist Virginia Jaramillo. The important acquisition is part of a growing recognition of Jaramillo’s work by revered art institutions across the US.


Untitled, 1973, is one of Jaramillo's celebrated Curvilinear paintings. Made from the late 1960s to early 1970s in her Soho studio in New York City, the Curvilinear paintings saw Jaramillo’s work develop to be increasingly bold in scale, composition and formal experimentation, with vivid fields of color disrupted by precise lines in contrasting shades. Central to a career spanning six decades is Jaramillo’s drive to express materially our sensory perceptions of space and time in what she describes as 'an aesthetic investigation which seeks to translate into visual terms the mental structural patterns we all superimpose on our world.'

Paintings from this period were included in in the distinguished DeLuxe Show (1971) in Houston, TX, one of the first racially integrated exhibitions in the United States. The only woman in the show, Jaramillo had her paintings displayed alongside contemporaries such as Ed Clark and Sam Gilliam. Jaramillo’s Curvilinear paintings were also included in the Whitney Annual, NY, USA (1972), Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Tate Modern, London, UK (2017) which toured to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (AR, USA); Brooklyn Museum (NY, USA) and the Broad (CA,USA), and We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women at Brooklyn Museum, NY, USA (2017) which toured to Californian African American Museum (CA, USA); Albright-Knox Art Gallery (NY, USA) and Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (MA, USA).

June 12, 2020