NJ Discover Spotlight: ”neo latino #NOWALL@ALL” Art Exhibition Keyport September 1st through September 27th by Calvin Schwartz August 18th 2018

NJ Discover Spotlight:” neo latino #NOWALL@ALL”  Art Exhibition Keyport September 1st through September 27th  by Calvin Schwartz  August 18th 2018



Back in October, 2016, NJ Discover began a special relationship with a group of acclaimed Neo-Latino artists who had just exhibited at Monmouth Museum on the campus of Brookdale College; called Neo Latino-Critical Mass. What followed were a series of articles on Neo Latino art on njdiscover.com and an appearance by six of the artists on our NJ Discover LIVE TV Show. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMzmocQpu5s

The Evolution of October 17th Show, “NEO-LATINO ARTISTS COME TO NJ DISCOVER LIVE TV” TUNE IN 8 PM. Monday October 17th Hint: “NOT to be Missed. Hugely RELEVANT” by Calvin Schwartz October 9, 2016

Article LINK: https://bit.ly/2AtoR9U

And the article “A Journey to Awareness When You Least Expect It: Appreciating Latino Culture by Calvin Schwartz Jan 14th 2017 “

Link: https://bit.ly/2AvNaUo


A few days ago, I spoke at great length to Neo Latino artist Ricardo Fonseca, whose work “Trumpet” initially lit my fire for me to check out the entire exhibit, and the rest of my warm affectation with the artists is now history. Exciting for me (and for you the readers, residents of New Jersey) is the Neo Latino artists are coming back for a month-long exhibition in Keyport. I was thrilled and wanted to ‘trumpet’ this article of promulgation, awareness for you all to take advantage, come down to Keyport, on the bay, with a plethora of restaurants, views of bridge, bay and spectacular sunsets and check out this wondrous exhibit.

Calvin Schwartz   8-18-2018   







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Neo-Latino Artists exhibit at ArtSpace 88 Gallery

For over a decade, the Neo-Latino Artists Collective, founded in Jersey City, New Jersey, has showcased art works by highly-accomplished professional Latino/a artists from across the United States, whose insightful imagery emphasizes the richness of Latino culture around the world.  The core group is comprised of 21 active members that have exhibited in art centers, galleries, universities and museums across the United States from 2003 to the present.  Thus, the Neo-Latinos are recognized art historically as the first and longest-lasting major art movement of the 21st Century.


Running from September 1 – September 27, 2018 at ArtSpace 88 Gallery, located at 46 East Front Street, Keyport, NJ 07735, the #NOWALL@ALL exhibition stands as the latest educational and thought-provoking exhibit by the group.  Free and open to the public, the artists’ reception is scheduled for Friday, September 14 from 6-9 p.m. with a Gallery Talk from 7:00-7:30 p.m.  The exhibit was curated by Olga M. Bautista and co-founder Raúl Villarreal, who named the group in 2003.   The #NOWALL@ALL exhibition features art works by the following Neo-Latino artists: Hugo X. Bastidas, Olga M. Bautista, Monica S. Camin, Angélica Muñoz Castaño, Ricardo Fonseca, Alexis Mendoza, Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo, Lisette Morel, Gabriel Navar, George Rivera, José Rodeiro, Luis Stephenberg Alers, Nicola Stewart, Raúl Villarreal and invited artist Lenny Campos. This diverse and talented consort of artists represent the following countries: Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Portugal and Puerto Rico.


This critical show is a profound and perceptive artistic response to the current political climate not only in the United States but also in Europe and other places where immigrants and refugees are dehumanized and cruelly victimized.  The exhibit deals with issues of immigration, border crossing(s), as well as the proposed continuous 2,000-mile-long WALL (from Galveston, Texas to San Diego, California) physically separating Mexico and all of Latin America from the United States.


ArtSpace 88 Gallery, 46 East Front Street, Keyport, NJ 07735.  Tel. 718.728.1932

Main Gallery & Nilson Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10 AM–5 PM / Friday 10 AM–9 PM / Saturday 10 AM–5 PM / Sunday 12 PM–5 PM.  An artists’ reception is scheduled for Friday, September 14 from 6-9 p.m. with a Gallery Talk from 7:00-7:30 p.m.





Hugo X. Bastidas

Boundaries, the dividing Line  Oil on linen  38” x 56″  1998






Olga Mercedes Bautista

Bonding with Plastic  Silicon, leaves and plastic debris  6′ x 10′ x 11′ installation piece   2018

Climate change exists and is a global problem, even though the actual US administration approach is no longer interested in fighting Climate Change.

Bautista wanted to show how the plastic which is used by merchants to package the products they sell reveals the consumerism and materials that represents society’s way of living.

Installing those plastic materials in a new space can transform the space. Artificial barks become consumer product




Ricardo Fonseca

Trumpet   Digital Photographic Manipulation  24” x 36”   2016

Border walls have always fascinated me and this goes back to my roots in Portugal, having seen countless castles and centuries-old villages surrounded by fortified walls for protection. Of course, this made perfect sense in the “Middle Ages” — not so much in the 21st. Century, past the Renaissance,

Enlightenment, and Globalization. In our present day, there are strong forces that skew the view of logic and reason, and this artwork is my creative interpretation of those questionable forces. At some point, we have to ask who is playing who? And more importantly, what is the sound being played, and what is the sound being heard? This goes to many layers, that deals with fake news, political ideology, border politics, American divide, the art of selling an idea, and ultimately, instilling fear. Much like in the Book of Joshua and The Fall of Jericho, the trumpet in my artwork being played by a Mariachi musician, is the sounding for a call for the WALL to fall.



Raúl Villarreal

Yeah, yeah, I’ma go into this     Oil on canvas   40” x 30”   2018

Villarreal’s appropriation of Francisco Goya’s haunting masterpiece of “Saturn (Cronus) Devouring His Son” represents the perilous and unjust relationship of the current and previous US administrations with the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  In the piece, we witness the deliberate, calculating and remorseless act of infanticide by the colossus who is driven mad by utter fear of usurpation.  As the Latino population in the United States grows certain members of society fear losing their strong hold on political and financial power.  From the Jones Act to  Vieques to handling the aftermath of hurricane Maria on the island, The US’s treatment of one of its “children” is nothing short of murderous, dishonorable and disgraceful.






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