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Contemporary Peruvian Artist Kukuli Velarde Exhibits at Barry Friedman Ltd.

NEW YORK, NY.- Barry Friedman Ltd. presents contemporary Peruvian artist Kukuli Velarde in her first solo show since joining the gallery. Recently awarded the prestigious USA Knight Fellowship by the Knight Foundation and the United States Artists organization, Velarde exhibits an installation of ceramic sculptures from her Plunder Me Baby series, figurative paintings on aluminum from her Cadavers series, and a video/drawing performance, Apple of his Eye, that took place during the first two weeks of the exhibition. Inspired by pre-Columbian terracotta figures, Velarde’s Plunder Me Baby sculptures reveal folk tradition, evoke histories of ornament and craft, and disrupt normal aesthetic hierarchies. Removed from their natural environment and installed as if in an anthropological museum, these figurative characters appear as