October 11, 2003

Sueños y Encuentros

Sueños y Encuentros is a new exhibit that's just opened at the Long Beach Museum of Art; it's a celebration of 20th-century Latin American artists. I'm no expert in Latin American art; I was there because Mexican art is an interest of my father's. It was not a big exhibit--it's not a big museum--but they had some interesting stuff, including a sketch by Orozco, a rather cartoonish watercolor of a Mexican peasant by Diego Rivera, several Tamayos, only of which I liked much, a Cuevas I thought was interesting, and a Wilfredo Lam I'd gladly take home. There were also quite a few ceramics, which uniformly left me cold. I dunno; I can appreciate the amount of work that went into them, but they don't grab me at all.

The exhibit was paired with two others, one of Staffordshire pottery figures (no, I didn't go for them, either--too cutesy) and one of turned wood and wood sculptures that had some dynamite pieces.

I took the video camera, and if I have a few minutes later on I'll capture some stills and add them to this post.

Update: Here's the Wilfredo Lam I spoke of. I apologize for the quality of the image; it doesn't do the picture justice.

And here's a Rufino Tamayo (that's my dad's hand, pointing at it). Once you've seen a Tamayo, his style is unmistakeable.

Finally, here's a piece from an unrelated exhibit that I rather like. The frog is made of poppy-seed bread, specially baked; and it has a ceramic bake sale on its back.

Posted by Will Duquette at October 11, 2003 08:25 PM