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The catalogue essay for the exhibition, Bridge Between Islands: Retrospective Works by Six Puerto Rican Artists in New York, offered overviews of the works by Olga Albizu, Tony Bechara, Eloy Blanco, Marcos Dimas, Evelyn Lopez de Guzmán, and Jorge Soto. Mostly written by art historian Petra Barreras, the essay emphasizes that the selected artists had trained with well-established painters in New York, such as Hans Hoffmann, Richard Serra, William Baziotes, and Max Beckmann. Barreras points out, however, that the already mentioned artists’s maintain allegiance to their Puerto Rican heritage, which could be seen in their choice of both subject matter and color scheme.
Bridge Between Islands was cosponsored by El Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Museum, and Henry Street Settlement. The exhibition focus was on six mid-career Puerto Rican painters based in New York City, and attempted to establish Marcos Dimas, Olga Albizu, Tony Bechara, Eloy Blanco, Jorge Soto, and Evelyn Lopez de Guzman as linchpins between academically trained artists who lived in Puerto Rico, and mainstream artists’ circles in New York. The exhibition drew favorable attention in New York, particularly for abstractionists Bechara, Blanco, Albizu, and Lopez de Guzman.
Petra Barreras, the art historian who wrote most of the catalogue entries for Bridge Between Islands, later assumed the directorship of El Museo del Barrio in the mid-1980s.