Reflections of Urban Life

Notable Chicano artists part of unlikely mix of contemporary American art

By Lorena Villegas
Published on LatinoLA: September 9, 2002

Reflections of Urban Life

Chicano art pieces by Carlos Almaraz, Elsa Flores Almaraz, Leo Limon, Gronk, Robert Gil de Montes among others, are being showcased in the exhibit "Looking In / Looking Out: 125 Artworks from the Robert E. Holmes Collection" at the Vincent Price Art Gallery in East Los Angeles College.

The opening reception for this a multi-cultural, multi-genre exhibit was held this weekend. Patrons from all walks of life attended the opening, which displayed pieces spanning a wide variety of media in the collection, accompanied by jazz, African drumming and sometimes mambo music in the background.

Included in the exhibit are two centuries of African-American works, including some Harlem Renaissance pieces, Charles White?s "I have a Dream" and contemporary American artists, including Andy Warhol.

The beauty of the exhibit is seeing so many different American cultural experiences (and a few native African, too) that at first appear to have no connection. But then you realize that this it is a reflection of mostly urban life.

An African-American Los Angeles resident, Robert E. Holmes, owner of the collection, is former General Counsel of Motown Records, Vice President of Arista Music Publishing and formerly head of Music Business Affairs and Music Publishing at Sony Pictures.

Holmes? philosophy is that every culture, inevitably affects another. "To live in L.A. and not appreciate Chicano art is to be culturally negligent," he said.

The exhibit runs through October 10.

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