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Confronting Revolution: A Siqueiros Aesthetic

Exhibition at Jose Vera Gallery creates a focused perspective of his contributions to printmaking and the graphic-arts movement

Published on LatinoLA: August 23, 2010


Confronting Revolution: A Siqueiros Aesthetic


Saturday, September 04, 2010, 6-10pm
*OPENING RECEPTION*

CONFRONTING REVOLUTION: A SIQUEIROS AESTHETIC
September 04 - October 27, 2010

Presenting a rare and vast collection of prints, photographs, and publications featuring Mexican muralist and political activist, David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896 -1974), Jos?® Vera Gallery is proud to present Confronting Revolution: A Siqueiros Aesthetic, from September 04 - October 27, 2010. As part of the M?®xico 2010 celebration of Mexico's Bicentennial of Independence and the Centennial of its Revolution, the exhibition presents the vision, politic, and aesthetic, which Siqueiros illustrated in his art and political activity throughout Mexico and beyond.

One of the most influential individuals of the 20th century, Siqueiros led a life devoted to social activism and an innovative artistic practice. His revolutionary commitment and activity, coupled with his monumental art, became a dynamic medium which Siqueiros utilized as a vehicle to create social and political reform. While constantly disseminating manifestos and ideas through publications such as El Machete (1924-1929), attractive and appealing graphics created by Siqueiros and many other artists of the time supported and assisted the movement of contemporary social and political statements and ideals.

Spanning over 60 years of work, this particular exhibition creates a focused perspective of Siqueiros' involvement and contribution to printmaking and the graphic-arts movement of Mexico. Featured in the exhibition, among many other works, is a portfolio of ten prints entitled "Canto General", inspired by the epic poem written by Pablo Neruda in 1950. The prints from this suite truly convey the intriguing, powerful, and seductive hand of Siqueiros.

In addition, we have developed an extensive calendar of cultural programming supporting the exhibition during the months of September and October 2010, featuring A Print Dialogue: Siqueiros and the Graphic Arts, a panel discussion in collaboration with The Autry National Center, www.theautry.org, on Saturday, September 18, 6pm at The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. Sponsored by the Autry and Jos?® Vera Gallery and hosted by Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, the panel discussion will focus on artist David Alfaro Siqueiros as a printmaker and graphic artist advancing a populist political agenda.

The exhibition will run from Saturday, September 04 - Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at Jos?® Vera Gallery in Los Angeles. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 04, 2010 from 6-10pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information go to www.joseveragallery.com or contact: Jennifer@joseveragallery.com

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