The Spanish artist Miquel Barceló was born on the island of Mallorca, amid the deep blue water of the Balearic Islands. The sea is a constant in his practice, and nature often finds a way into his paintings, works on paper, ceramics, and sculptures. Though Barceló’s connection to Spain remains profound, he has lived in Europe, the States, and West Africa. “Africa represents a kind of overall cleansing,” he has said. “The first reaction I always have when I arrive in Mali is to realize the uselessness of things.” In this exhibition, works spanning decades of his career are on display. Among them are small, textured canvases that capture the Sahara’s arid, dramatic desert terrain. —E.C.
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