Exhibition view: “Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960-1980", MoMA, New York, US, 2015

"Canción de cuna (Lullaby)", 1970
Enamel on metal
70 x 150 x 105 cm (27 9/16 x 59 1/16 x 41 5/16")

During the 1970s, González worked on a series of paintings executed in enamel on metal sheets mounted on mass-produced furniture. The image that appears in Canción de cuna (Lullaby) was taken from a collection of kitsch photographs distributed by a popular print company in Colombia. Found in the streets of Bogotá, the crib used in the sculpture once belonged to a public hospital. The iconic image of mother and child that has recurred throughout art history is transformed by González into an ambiguous image of maternity, hinting at the sharp social observation that distinguishes her work.

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