Critic Roberta Smith highlights some resilient work by Rafael Vega (MFA 2012).
Critic Roberta Smith highlights some resilient work by Rafael Vega (MFA 2012).
November 25

Surviving Hurricane Sandy

Roberta Smith details the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in “Chelsea Art Galleries Struggle to Restore and Reopen” in the November 2 issue of the New York Times. She highlights SAIC alumnus Rafael Vega (MFA 2012), whose work was exhibited in the center of the destruction. “On West 21st Street, a small new gallery named Guided by Invoices (talk about sly) had been showing small abstractions on Masonite, enlivened by spurts of spray paint and rugged lines that appeared to be more sawed than incised,” she writes. “They were by a virtual unknown: Rafael Vega, a 2012 graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, making his New York debut.” Miraculously, his work survived the devastating storm. “The Vega show was still hanging, and the gallery was almost completely dry.”