Art

"Praise of Folly"

When: Wed., April 27, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through June 18 2016

In an art world riddled with esoteric concepts and high-brow commentary, a keen sense of humor is always a welcome breath of fresh air. A champion of this rare balance between wit and artistic prowess, octogenarian artist Pedro Friedeberg boasts a long and impressive exhibition history (highlighted by a 2009 retrospective at Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes) and an official bio that includes his invention of “several styles of architecture, as well as one new religion and two salads,” not to mention an admiration for all things “useless, frivolous and whimsical.” Born in Italy and raised in Mexico, Friedeberg has proven his mastery with everything from prints and paintings to textiles and hand-carved Mahogany chairs — all falling within an odd middle ground between surrealism, figuration, folk art and geometric abstraction. With “Praise of Folly,” Ruiz-Healy Art brings the “master illusionist” and his wide-ranging works to light in a solo show and companion catalog featuring an essay by Dan Cameron.

Price: Free