SOURCE: Wines of Chile

February 28, 2014 11:37 ET

Wines of Chile Raises a Glass to Chilean Artist at New York Installation

Regional Wine Organization Celebrates Chilean Artist Ivan Navarro's Sculptural Installation Presented by Madison Square Park Conservancy's Mad. Sq. Art

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 28, 2014) - Wines of Chile paid tribute to Chilean Artist Iván Navarro at the private opening reception for his new sculptural installation on the evening of February 27 in New York City's Madison Square Park. Celebrated with Chilean wines, the exhibition, entitled This Land Is Your Land, reflects upon the Santiago-born artist's experience as a Chilean immigrant to the United States. The title pays homage to the Woody Guthrie anthem of the 1940s, which speaks to the experience of immigration and the opportunities of America.

The installation consists of three water towers situated within the park, elevated to allow visitors to stand beneath the sculptures. The structures function as vessels for the language of the immigration experience, as select vocabulary is illuminated in neon overhead. An internal arrangement of mirrors allows each word or image to repeat perpetually in a seemingly infinite space within the towers.

Navarro, now based in Brooklyn, is internationally renowned for his sculptures of neon, fluorescent and incandescent light. In 2009, he represented Chile at the 53rd Venice Biennale. His exhibitions have been featured across the globe, including in the Frost Museum of Art in Miami, the Prospect.2 Biennial in New Orleans and the Centro Cultural Matucana 100 in Santiago, Chile, among many others. His work is held in public and private collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (Paris), Saatchi Collection (London) and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

Wines of Chile's participation is part of the organization's efforts to celebrate the country's rich heritage in literature and art. "We are proud to toast Navarro as he tells his story through his provocative sculptures," says Marybeth Bentwood, Executive Director of Wines of Chile. "Much like the lauded poet Pablo Neruda and writer Isabel Allende, the winemakers of Chile, too, serve as storytellers -- each tells a story of soil, sun, stars and passion, crafting a unique narrative of the terroir and care of their country in each bottle of wine."

The wine poured at the event was organic vineyard Emiliana's 2011 Natura Malbec from Chile's Rapel Valley.

The exhibition is on view daily from February 20-April 13, 2014 in Madison Square Park, centrally located in New York City's Flatiron District. The installation is commissioned and presented by Mad. Sq. Art, the free, contemporary art program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. For more information on the Madison Square Park Conservancy and its programs, please visit

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Wines of Chile is an organization committed to promoting the quality and image of Chilean wine throughout the world. It has offices in Santiago, London and New York, as well as representatives in Canada, Ireland and Denmark. Wines of Chile also works closely with ProChile to develop and offer promotional and educational programs in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Wines of Chile's 95 member wineries belong to Vinos de Chile and represent 88% of Chile's bottled wine exports.

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