The Dream of Flight
signed and titled 'María Berrío 2019' (on the reverse)
watercolour and Japanese paper collages on canvas
152.4 x 182.9 cm. (60 x 72 in.)
Executed in 2019
Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner
María Berrío, exh. cat., Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, 2019 (illustrated, p. 2-3, 23, 33-35; installation views, p. 26, 63).
María Berrío: Esperando mientras la noche florece (Waiting for the Night to Bloom), exh. cat., West Palm Beach, Norton Museum of Art, 2021 (illustrated, p.82-83; installation view, p. 105).
Los Angeles, Michael Kohn Gallery, María Berrío, A Cloud's Roots, 1 June - 30 August 2019.
West Palm Beach, Norton Museum, María Berrío, Esperando mientras la noche florece (Waiting for the Night to Bloom), 2 January - 9 May 2021.

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Lot Essay

“In ‘The Dream of Flight,’ a reclining figure stretches her arms out like a bird, imagining what it would be like to take flight. It is a rare piece that’s a bit more autobiographical—the reclining figure looks like me and the patterns of the carpet and her dress come from my life. I have a similar carpet and a similar dress. The red birds in the distance are the scarlet ibis, native to South America. The figures dream of freedom and look to the birds flying overhead for hope, only to realize that freedom is impossible.“ ---Maria Berrio

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