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Calida Rawles: Away with the Tides
On view through February 23, 2025
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Miami, Florida

Calida Rawles envisions water as a space for Black healing and reimagines the African American community beyond the stories we already know as a part of the United States’ collective history. Merging hyperrealism, poetic abstraction, and the cultural and historical symbolisms of water, Rawles creates unique portraits of Black bodies submerged in and interacting with bright and mysterious bodies of water. The water, itself a sort of character within the paintings, functions as an element that signifies both physical and spiritual healing, as well as historical trauma and racial exclusion. For her first museum solo presentation, Rawles creates a bridge between her signature style and a story within Miami’s history that is often ignored and obscured.

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[Image: Calida Rawles. ‘The Space in Which We Travel’, 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 84 x 144 inches. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by Allison and Larry Berg and an anonymous donor. Photo: Marten Elder. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Seoul, and London.]