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An Excess of Quiet: Selected Sketches by Gustavo Ojeda, 1979–1989

Edited by Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué & Erich Kessel Jr. Introduction by Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué.

A revelatory trove of Gustavo Ojeda’s previously unseen 1980s drawings of New Yorkers in motion

Cuban American painter Gustavo Ojeda (1958-89) was known primarily for his lush and meditative urban nightscapes, which brought him notoriety in the 1980s downtown New York art scene. He exhibited alongside artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and David Wojnarowicz, before dying from AIDS-related complications in 1989, just two weeks shy of his 31st birthday.

Ojeda's paintings were notably unpopulated; in his private sketches, however, Ojeda fixated on the people of New York, filling thousands of pages with disembodied faces, the bodies of sleeping people riding public transportation and on the street.

In the margins of his sketchbooks, Ojeda often wrote that he felt anxious about his productivity, shaming himself for not being able to paint more. An Excess of Quiet answers Ojeda’s worries with the recovery of what was always right in front of him, his most obsessive and tender practice.


PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Johnathan D. Katz

[Gustavo] Ojeda’s drawings perform a high-wire act, crossing and recrossing from abstraction into figuration and back again with... alacrity, finesse, and resolve.

Sianne Ngai

In these sketches of New York City in the 1980s... [o]ne suddenly becomes aware of the tension in the tine of a fork, or in the arc of a streetlamp.

An Excess of Quiet: Selected Sketches by Gustavo Ojeda, 1979–1989

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