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TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Fire (America) 2, 2016
glazed ceramic
72.25 x 144 x 1.25 in...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Fire (America) 2 (detail), 2016
glazed ceramic
72.25 x 144 ...

Fire (America) 2, 2016
glazed ceramic
72 x 144 x 1.25 inches
182.9 x 365.8 x 3.2...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Untitled (Silver), 2016
Mirror aluminum composite
...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Untitled (Silver) (detail), 2016
Mirror aluminum composi...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Untitled (Silver) (detail), 2016
Mirror aluminum composi...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Nocturnal (Blue Dusk) 1, 2016
solid graphite on wood panel
...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Viñales (Precipice), 2015
glazed ceramic
...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Viñales (Precipice) (detail), 2015
glazed ceramic

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Ghost Vines (Yellow Gold), 2015
brass
92.5 x 130.5 x 4.375 ...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Ghost Vines (Yellow Gold), 2015
brass
92.5 x 130.5 x 4...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Fata Morgana, 2015
Installation view
Madision Square P...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Fata Morgana, 2015
Installation view
Madision Square P...

Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below
Installation view
MASS MoCA, North Adams, ...

Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below
Installation view
MASS MoCA, North Adams, ...

Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below
Installation view
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ

Golden (Obsidian Sky), 2014

gol...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ

Golden (Obsidian Sky) (detail), 2014

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ

Rorschach, 2013-2014

fused nylo...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ

Rorschach (detail), 2013-2014

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Nocturnal (11 Days), 2013
solid graphite and metallic paint on woo...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Golden (Vantage Point), 2013
gold chroming and India ink on wood p...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Nocturnal (Navigation), 2013
polyester resin, gold chroming, polis...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Aurora 2, 2012
solid graphite on wood panel
60 x 84 inches<...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Night Writing (Hero and Leander), 2011
colored and shaped paper pu...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Ink Sky 2 (detail), 2011
anodized aluminum black mirror, hooks, rh...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Untitled, 2011
polycarbonate tubing
96 x 542 x 264...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Nocturnal (Seine), 2011
solid graphite on wood panel
84 x 6...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Blind Blue Landscape, 2009
glass with silvering
118.11 x 82...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Blind Blue Landscape (detail), 2009
glass with silvering
11...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Nocturnal (Passaic Pour), 2009
solid graphite and pencil on wood p...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Drawn Waters (Borrowdale) 1, 2009
natural and machined graphite on...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Nocturnal (Diamond Sky), 2009
solid graphite and pencil on wood pa...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Epic 1, 2009
graphite, magnets
131.5 x 394 x 1 inches
...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Epic 1 (detail), 2009
graphite, magnets
131.5 x 394 x 1 inc...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Portrait (Blind Landscape), 2008
polished precision-cut stainless ...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Portrait (Blind Landscape) (detail), 2008
polished precision-cut s...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Projection Screen (Black Onyx) , 2007
black onyx
76 x 103 i...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Projection Screen (Black Onyx) (detail) , 2007
black onyx
7...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Ink Mirror (Landscape), 2007
high-polished black fiberglass and ma...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Mirror Canopy, 2007
glass with silvering
106 x 154 inches

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Mirror Canopy (detail), 2007
glass with silvering
106 x 154...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Fire, 2005
silk yarn, steel armature, epoxy
96 x 144 inches...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Fire (detail), 2005
silk yarn, steel armature, epoxy
96 x 1...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Seattle Cloud Cover, 2004-2006
laminated glass with photographic d...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Dune, 2002
painted aluminum, glass beads
336 x 60 x 96 inch...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Waterfall, 2000
Installation at SITE Santa Fe, 2000
aluminu...

TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Borrowed Landscape, 1998
wood, fabric, oculus light, pencil, paint...

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Teresita Fernández

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The Brooklyn Rail

May 1, 2017

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The Art Newspaper

March 4, 2017

News

The future of the arts is Latinx: Q&A with artist Teresita Fernandez

October 5 2016

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Art21

September 24, 2016

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Discovering the World From Nature's Many Perspectives Hyperallergic

December 31 2015

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Women in Art: Teresita Fernández

November 30 2015

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At Grace Farms, Encountering Art at Every Bend New York Times

November 28 2015

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Interview with Sculptor Teresita Fernández Aesthetica Magazine

November 24 2015

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Sculpting the Public: Teresita Fernández Wants You In Her Work Modern Painters

October 31 2015

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Grace Farms Draws Praise Stamford Advocate

October 19 2015

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The Spiritual and Spectacular Meet at an Ultramodern Community Center in Connecticut New York Times

October 16 2015

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Poetry Under Fata Morgana Organized by Teresita Fernández and Emanuel Xavier

September 17 2015

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ArtNexus Teresita Fernández. Fata Morgana.

August 11, 2015

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Arte al Dia International

June 2015

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Cultured Magazine

April 18, 2015

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WSJ Artist Teresita Fernández Transforms New York’s Madison Square Park

March 31, 2015

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Departures Magazine Artist of the Moment: Teresita Fernández

January 9, 2015

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Gothamist Massive 500-Foot-Long Canopy Coming To Madison Square Park

November 11, 2014

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New York Times

November 6, 2014

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Modern Art Notes Podcast

August 18, 2014

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W Magazine

July 17, 2014

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The Brooklyn Rail

July/August 2014

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Sculpture

November 2013

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Art Bahrain

Fall 2013 - Winter 2014

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Architectural Digest

October 2013

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Modern Painters

October 2013

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South China Morning Post

September 26, 2013

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Whitewall

February 1, 2013

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W Magazine

October 2012

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The Wall Street Journal

September 14, 2012

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Artinfo

September 12, 2012

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Bloomberg

September 5, 2012

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Whitewall

November 30, 2011

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W Magazine

November 30, 2011

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The New York Observer

September 19, 2011

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White House Appoints Artist Teresita Fernandez to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts

September 2011

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Art in Asia

August 31, 2011

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Artdaily

May 26, 2011

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artdaily

January 31, 2011

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Artinfo

November 16, 2010

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Financial Times

April 9, 2010

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Bob Magazine Issue 67

February 28, 2010

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Artforum

February 28, 2010

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Art Lies

February 28, 2010

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Monocle

October 31, 2009

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Anne Stringfield Interview

October 31, 2009

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David Norr Essay

October 31, 2009

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Dave Hickey Essay

October 31, 2009

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Annette DiMeo Carlozzi Essay

October 31, 2009

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The Business Times

September 19, 2009

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Artforum

August 31, 2009

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St. Petersburg Times

August 23, 2009

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Dallas Morning News

August 8, 2009

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...might be good

February 6, 2009

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Blackbird

August 31, 2008

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Vogue

April 1, 2007

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Tema Celeste

October 22, 2005

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USA Today

September 20, 2005

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ArtNexus

June 1, 2005

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ArtReview

April 1, 2005

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Art + Auction

March 1, 2005

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Art in America

November 1, 2003

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Art in America

March 1, 2003

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Art in America

December 1, 2001

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ARTnews

September 1, 2001

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New York Times

March 21, 1999

Artist Bio

Teresita Fernández

Teresita Fernández (b. 1968, Miami, FL, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is best known for her prominent public installations and experiential large-scale sculptures that evoke striking landscapes. Her work, often inspired by natural wonders—meteor showers, the aurora borealis, cloud formations, fire, and the night sky—invites an individualized experience of the work and the space it occupies. Fernández places particular importance in her choice of medium, playing with the limitations of materials and employing those such as gold, graphite, and other minerals that have complicated histories often tied to colonialism. All of her work, from her immersive installations to her small graphite panels, is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking. In 2015, Fernández installed her largest public art project to date, Fata Morgana, in New York’s Madison Square Park. The work was composed of six mirrored canopies suspended above the park’s central lawn, and its title refers to the visible yet illusory line that hovers right above the horizon. In using metal to achieve the effect of a natural floating apparition, Fernández challenges the inherent characteristics of the material.

 

For her 2017 exhibition at Lehmann Maupin New York, titled, Fire (America), Fernández presented a 16-foot glazed ceramic panel depicting a nocturnal image of fire, a series of burned, laser-cut landscapes on paper, and a site-specific installation that resembled a horizon line composed of charred lump charcoal applied directly to the gallery walls. In these works, Fernandéz references the “slash-and-burn” technique used by Native Americans to create land for farming through the deliberate burning of forests, a process that essentially designed the American landscape. Using the universal image of fire as her motif, and the scorched residue of wood as her medium, Fernández contemplates the environmental and social history of America.

 

Fernández received a BFA from Florida International University, Miami, in 1990 and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, in 1992. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY (2017); Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL (2011); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH (2011); USF Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (2009); and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2005). She has produced a number of site-specific commissions including Double Glass River, Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT (2015); Fata Morgana, Madison Square Park, New York (2015); Golden (Panorama), Aspen Art Museum, CO (2014); Nocturnal (Navigation), United States Coast Guard, Washington, DC (2013); Stacked Waters, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX (2009); Starfield, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX (2009); Blind Blue Landscape, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima, Japan (2009); and Seattle Cloud Cover, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA (2006). Select group exhibitions featuring her work include Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami (2017); Beyond the Horizon: Contemporary Landscape, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC (2017); Cuban Forever Revisited, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ (2016); Cuban America: An Empire State of Mind, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY (2014); Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, Smithsonian Art Museum, Washington, DC (2013-2014); and Pattern: Follow The Rules, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI; traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO (2013). Fernández’s work is featured in numerous international public and private collections, including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

 

In  2017, Fernández was elected to be a National Academician by the National Academy Museum & School, New York. She was the 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of a number of rewards including the Aspen Award for Art in 2013, the 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award in 1999. Appointed by President Obama, she was the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a 100-year-old federal panel that advises the president and Congress on national matters of design and aesthetics.