February 2010

Smashed shiny cans contrast with the smooth surfaces of the tabletops. The wrinkled commercial objects are adornments on masked men or fit between abstract landscape layers. The brilliant sun is a discarded lid and the moon is manipulated metal. A hand, ink and pen unite in their difference, all contrived of recycled industrial materials.
Alejandro Aróstegui is without a doubt one of the great activists of all time for Nicaraguan painting and a compelling reference in Central American contemporary art. For decades, his crushed cans and collaged objects are the focus of his imagery and are included in many private and public collections. He used trash in his art long before the trend for being green existed, not as endorsement for recycling, but as indignation.

From Tavern Walls to Bathroom Stalls, Mexican Muralism

Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros are sitting at a tavern, drinking and discussing politics and art. Maybe they are penning the Manifesto of the Union of Mexican Workers, Technicians, Painters and Sculptures. They observe a painter painting directly onto the walls of the tavern. This pulqueria painter with his grasp of Mexican traditions inspires the Tres Grandes and the Mexican school of Muralism is transformed.
By Mexican Muralist and Painter, Gustavo Montoya

OLA Fest 2010, Latin Wave of Art & Culture, 6th annual Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival, Orlando FL, February 12 – 14

“Latinas” a major exhibition of Latin American art in which art created by women and images of women in art heighten awareness of the rich distinctive ethnic and historic roles played by women, particularly women’s inextricable connection with sustaining and nurturing life. Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor NY, through February 28

Philagraphfika 2010, Colombian artist Óscar Muñoz explores the translation of printmaking into other mediums and expands its conceptual boundaries. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA, through April 11

Dialogues, Chapters in Latin American Art, From the permanent collection, multiple periods, techniques and perspectives from the traditional to the most contemporary and experimental works by Latin American masters, mid-career and young emerging artists. Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

Havana Bombings, A short documentary film by Camila Fernandez about Cuban graffiti.
Pantaleon y las viitoadoras (Captain Pantoja & The Special Service) by Mario Vargas Llosa; La Vida es Suena (Life is a Dream) by Pedro Calderón de La Barca, Classic and contemporary plays in English and Spanish. Repertorio, New York City, NY, February and March

Nexus New York: Latin American artists in the Modern Metropolis, the work of Uruguayan Joaquín Torres- García, the Mexican masters Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros and José Clement Orozco and the work of Frida Kahlo. El Museo del Barrio, New York City, NY, through February 28

Magical Realism Paintings of Nicaraguan National Treasure, featuring Omar d’León, one of the most renowned Nicaraguan painters of the last 50 years. Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, CA, through February 28

Gabriel Orozco. Eighty works including drawings, sculptures, installations and paintings of different styles and techniques of contemporary Mexican artist. Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, through March 1

Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints 1910-1960, an exhibition of broadsheets, posters and fine art prints that takes us across the Rio Grande to revolutionary Mexico. British Museum, London, through April 5

Fine Art Prints: What they are and what they are not.

Printmaking is an old art form and continually changes into new art forms. The sales of fine art prints comprise 10 to 17% of the entire auction market. Unfortunately, there are many reproductions, giclees and offset lithographs that are not fine art prints but are marketed as such. They are only prints and copies.

Investing in fine art prints is an inexpensive way to buy quality originals of artists that are collectible and will appreciate. As a collector, it is important to know about prints and how they are created as well as how to detect the imposters and the fakes of the print world.

A good way to look at fine art prints is to know that printmaking requires the process to be appropriate for the image. This means that the image is designed for the medium that creates it, not a photo taken of a painting and printed by offset presses or inkjet printers onto paper or canvas.

Sometimes referred to as “multiples” or “hand pulled prints” of works-on paper, the repeated images create an edition. The process categories are relief read more...

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