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Rafael Ferrer
El Sol Asombra (the Sun in Shadow/The Sun Astounds)
1989
Butler Institute of American Art
Photo courtesy Nancy Hoffman Gallery
"Retro/Active"
El Museo del Barrio
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WHEN THE FAMILIAR BECOMES ALIEN
by Charlie Finch



I took the artist Rafael Ferrer, who is the subject of a career retrospective at El Museo del Barrio, over to the Whitney Museum to meet Whit director Adam Weinberg and see the Charles Burchfield retrospective there. My purpose was to address a problem in my own life: how, through a series of optimistic mistakes, I ended up living, for the last four years, in a forest that I was ill prepared to exist in.

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