1. Photo credit: Dignidad Rebelde


    CAM:
    Emmanuel C Montoya - (Left) “Calaveras Nortenas” Serigraph / Silkscreen

    (Right) “Homage to Lydia Mendoza: La Reina Tejana” 1990, Linocut,

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  3. violencegirl:

    Encinitas, come see me by the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea on Sunday, February 23rd at Ducky Waddles.

     

  4. ernestoyerena:

    Tomorrow my new print: GANAS TEX MEX CALAVERA is released on my site.  The print is a 18x24 inch silkscreen edition of 150.  Signed and numbered by myself. I appreciate your support. 

    This skull was originally scheduled to drop last November on Day of the Dead, but due to me moving from Austin back to Los Angeles I have postponed the release till now.  I created this calavera in honor of the rich history and culture of Mexican-Americans aka Chicanos in Texas or as most of them would like to call themselves: TEJANOS or TEJANAS.  As a member of a Norteño family, “norteño” meaning from the north of Mexico, I grew up listening to Norteño music which is the Mexican version of the German Polka.  I have always been a big fan of polkas and when I lived in Texas I began collecting Tejano records and began researching the culture.  If you grew up around German, Polish, Czech, Waila,  Norteño or Tejano Culture I hope you enjoy this tribute image to the culture.  For everyone else I hope you enjoy this print and more importantly I hope that this print inspires you to listen more to POLKA!

    To purchase print please visit http://hechoconganas.bigcartel.com

     

  5. dora-de-larios:

    Collaboration of Design & Art

    Dora De Larios

    Los Angeles, CA

    Architectural Ceramics/Mosaics

    To survey the landscape of Dora De Larios’ creative vision, one must travel not only to cities around the globe—where her large-scale architectural sculptures speak a universal language—but also to the ancient past of all civilizations from which her inspiration springs. Whether in intimate ceramic pieces or massive mixed-media commissions, De Larios strives to harmonize the animal and the spiritual, and the earthly with the divine. Her studies of world religions and ancient art at the University of Southern California—along with her travels around the world and her upbringing in ethnically diverse Los Angeles—account for her unique cross-cultural influences.

     

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  7. crystal-celeste:

    I am so honored and pleased to announce my exhibition at College of the Sequoias, the place I began to pursue my career as an artist. A special thank you to my dear friend, Jessica Robles, who made this show possible! It has been a goal of mine to have a show in Tulare county, where I grew up. Don’t miss the reception, Thursday February 6th from 5-7pm.

     


  8. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT attends: Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA), opening reception for January - April 2014 exhibitions

    CAM:
    On Saturday January 18th, 2014 we attended the opening reception to Pasadena Museum of California Art’s (PMCA), January - April exhibitions. The exhibits on view were, Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California (Main Gallery), Serigrafía (Back Gallery) and Flora Kao’s: Homestead (Project Room). This would also be our first visit to PMCA.
    (Left to Right) Artists: Leonard Castellanos, Esther Hernandez and Xavier Viramontes.


    Arriving at the Pasadena Museum of California Art our first viewing opportunities at the opening reception were, Flora Kao’s: Homestead and Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California, but we made a direct line to the exhibition I had been anticipating since hearing about the January - April 2014 shows, Serigrafía, which was located in the Back Gallery at the museum. I was excited to view the array of vintage Chicano posters that were to be displayed, some of which I had only ever been able to examine in jpeg form or in art catalogs. Walking into the gallery where Serigrafía was exhibited we were instantly drawn in with the vibrant palette of colors and powerful positive chicano messages in the artworks. The inventory of posters presented consisted from recent to vintage, with a handful of digitally reproduced and the remainder being silkscreened prints.
    From what I gathered, the basis of the Segrafia exhibition was to survey the "tradition of information design in Califonia’s Latino culture" and "examines how both aesthetics and portability are key aspects of the prints as communicative and educational objects."
    (Xico Gonzalez - “ChePata” 2006 silkscreen)


    The posters that enticed me for a more meticulous observation in the Segrafia exhibition were, Esther Hernandez's, “Sun Mad" 1982, and Xaviver Viramotes’, “Boycott Grapes" 1973, which were created by the artists to bring fourth awareness of unsafe working conditions to farmworkers. Also notable was Xico Gonzalez’s “ChePata" 2006, a Che Guevara and Emiliano Zapata melded image which advocated against unjust immigration laws and practices of undocumented humans, along with Favianna Rodriguez's, “Resist U.S. Imperialism" 2003 print, which was a first-rate example of activist art.

    Artists also represented in the exhibition were Jesus Barraza, Barbara Carrasco, Rene Castro, Melanie Cervantes, Enrique Chagoya, Ricardo Favela, Juan R. Fuentes, Rupert Garcia, Daniel González, Yolanda M. López, Linda Lucero, Estria Miyashiro, Malaquias Montoya, Gilda Posada, Celina Rodriguez, Jos Sances, Mark Vallen, and Ernesto Yerena.

    This was a wonderful show that gave me a sense gratification being a guardian of Chicano prints and posters that are in my personal collection.
    Alfredo Ramos Martinez - (Left) “La India de Tehuantepec” (Mujer de Tehuantepec) ca. 1930 (Middle) “La Madre India” (Right) “La Malinche” ca. 1940

    After indulging and surveying Segrafia it was then time to move on and absorb some modern art history with the extraordinary Mexican artist Alfredo Ramos Matinez's (November 1871 - November 1946), Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California, which was located in the Main Gallery and is the largest gallery space at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)
    From my readings what I learned about the Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California exhibition, is that it was to bring fourth his travel and artistic output in California. The exhibit is also going to be used to "advocate for the inclusion of his works in histories of the visual art traditions of the region and ultimately aims to inspire a richer and more complex understanding of American art."
    Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California exhibition will also be traveling to the Nevada Museum of Art, May 10 to August 17, 2014.
    (Alfredo Ramos Martinez - “Las Floreras” 1933 oil on canvas)

    The first of Mr. Alfredo Ramos Martinez's beautiful artworks that lured me in the showcase was his largest and most prominent, "La Madre India" a grandeur work on paper which took and deserved the key real estate in the Main Gallery at the museum. When we walked into the gallery the room was filled and abuzz, you could feel the electricity from the enamored patrons. I have to say, I was very impressed with the mass amount of artworks accumulated for Mr. Alfredo Ramos Martinez's exhibition which took every bit of wall space to present. Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California quickly became my favorite and the most stimulating of the three exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA).
    The second piece that caught me was Mr. Martinez’s “Vendedora de Alcatraces”, 1929 oil on canvas, in which the calla lily’s depicted reminded of the paintings of maestro Diego Rivera’s Alcatraces, but the blossoms were completely in Alfredo Ramos Martinez's style.
    (Alfredo Ramos Martinez - “Vendedores de Frutas con Canastas” ca. 1946 silkscreen)


    After viewing those two major artworks Anita and I became captivated with every piece in the exhibit that proceeded. Other highlights for us included Mr. Alfredo Ramos Martinez's works on vintage newspaper and his vivid polychromatic paintings. One non-Martinez created piece that garnered most of our attention in the exhibition was an extraordinary intricate carved frame by Bernard Vandeuren, that was commissioned by a collector in 2010 for one of Alfredo Ramos Martinez's original paintings.
    I would like to acknowledge curator Amy Galpin, Ph. D, and give a Bravo! for an engaging and stimulating exhibit.
    (Gallery view of Flora Kao’s: Homestead exhibition)

    Our third and final stop at Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) opening reception was Flora Kao's: Homestead exhibition, which was located in the Project Room gallery.
    The premise for Homestead was, "Flora Kao highlights the poignant histories of deserted shacks that dot the Mojave Desert, remnants of America’s most recent wave of manifest destiny. By virtue of the Small Tract Act of 1938"
    "Through life-size rubbings of each side of the dilapidated shack’s four walls, Kao captures the homestead at a specific moment in its decay."
    Flora Kao’s approach was very new to me exhibition wise, which made it that much more interesting to study. Walking into the Project Room gallery, my sense of smell was first activated with an almost musky odor lingering in the space, which I think came from the canvases absorbing the redolences of the Mojave desert. Then came the visual sensory, as the canvas rubbings surrounded us. I could vividly perceive myself in the Mojave Desert inside the exact same shack Flora used for the installations rubbings. All that was necessary to transpire for the complete experience was the sweltering heat and dust from the mostly barren wasteland for the full effect.


    I would like to thank Emma Jacobson-Sive, Director of Public Relations, the PMCA staff, artist and curators that were involved in all three exhibits at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
    More info on these three amazing exhibitions visit: pmcaonline.org
    On view January 19–April 20, 2014

    More images of the opening reception exhibition also at: CHICANO ART MOVEMENT/Facebook page

     

  9. stuckuppiece:

    Amazing sticker by Chaz Bojorquez from the 90s! Very kindly donated to Stuck-Up by artist Patrick Rocha!

     

  10. Artwork by Dignidad Rebelde.

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  11. © 2014 Karla Batres

    Title: Hard Taco

    Medium: Copper, Tin, Wire

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  12. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT blogs TOP 5 picks, Museum/Gallery exhibitions of 2013

    CAM:
    Here is the list compiled of the Top 5 exhibitions I here at CHICANO ART MOVEMENT blog have chosen to highlight for the year 2013. I decided on and viewed every exhibition myself or with Anita in tow. This year I attended a total of 35 Museum/Gallery exhibits. Out of the 35 visited I picked my top 5 favorites for 2013. I mentioned this last year but I would like to reiterate, I do not just attend Latino art related museum/gallery exhibitions. I am a aficionado of contemporary and modern art, with a keen focus on American art.


    1) Gary Baseman: The Door is Always Open at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA - April 25 - August 18, 2013
    (Photo opportunity of Mr. Gary Baseman with Toby in the Study gallery at the Skirball Cultural Center)


    My 1st pick for the top 5 Museum/Gallery exhibitions of 2013 had to be pervasive artist Gary Baseman's spectacular heartfelt exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center. Mr. Baseman is in my top 5 favorite contemporary artist of all time (Chou Chou character is my favorite), so attending this show in 2013 was a must. I experienced a wonderful roller coster ride of emotions from the The Door is Always Open exhibit. The exhibition consisted of a wide array of mediums Gary has worked in, from original paintings, photographs, commercial works (Disney and Cranium board game), to the actual furniture from his childhood home, which was a major highlight and gave the viewer intimate perspective into the artist upbringing. Mr. Baseman was in attendance during our visit and we were able to chat and praise him on his glorious exhibition that will be forever embedded in my long term memory.


    2) Kustom Kulture II at the Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA - July 13 - August 31, 2013
    (George Barris’ iconic “The Munsters Koach” at Kustom Kulture II exhibition)


    All that should be said for my #2 choice is, Kustom king George Barris, legend Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (March 4, 1932 – April 4, 2001), Master painter Mark Ryden and The Godfather of Lowbrow Robert Williams, all together in one spectacular massive group exhibition along with other notable artists that took place in the famed Surf City, CA. The highlight for me thought had to be Mr. Barris’, The Munsters Koach. As a kid I envied the Herman Munster character for owning the Ford powered beast (I also wanted “Spot” their pet dragon). Kustom Kulture II exhibition was Lowbrow goodness.


    3) HEART OF EAST LA: prints from Self Help Graphics and Art, Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS), West Hollywood CA - March 19 - May 3, 2013


    We attended this exhibit at the Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS) in support of our friend Chicano artist Jose Lozano who was creating chalk drawings live and in person at the opening reception to the HEART OF EAST LA: prints from Self Help Graphics and Art exhibition. Which was a major treat for me, as I had never viewed my friend create his art in the flesh. It was also sensational to see the choice fine art prints from the Self Help Graphics catalog on view for public consumption at the Pacific Design Center.


    4) Mario Ybarra Jr., “Double Feature” exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery, Culver City, CA - January 12, 2013 — March 16, 2013
    (Gallery view of Mario Ybarra Jr.s reprise Scarface Museum installation)

    I was very interested in viewing Mr.Ybarra’s reprise of his Scarface Museum installation that was part of his Double Feature exhibition and I was not disappointed on his take of a film that has permeated through so many cultures since its inception. The Scarface Museum installation was originally inspired by artist Mario’s childhood friends collection of memorabilia from the infamous Scarface gangster flick starring legendary actor Al Pacino who played the infamous entrepreneur "Tony Montana". There was also original created artworks by Mario in the installation, one which was a favorite of mine had to be "Banisters", a 30x22inch stencil print on Arches paper.


    5) Shizu Saldamando, When You Sleep: A Survey of Shizu Saldamando at Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM), Monterey Park, CA - September 10 - December 7, 2013
    (Shizu Saldamando - “Sandy and Siouxsie” 2007 colored pencil, collage, glitter on paper)


    As I had previously alluded, what I appreciated about Shizu's exhibition was viewing all the superb detailed artwork from her past and present catalog accumulated for the survey at the Vincent Price Art Museum. The "La Martha" was my favored piece from the When You Sleep survey along with her ballpoint pen on bed sheet pieces.


    More images of CAM's 2013 picks at: CHICANO ART MOVEMENT/Facebook page


    You can also view my 2012 picks here: CHICANO ART MOVEMENT blogs TOP 5 picks, Museum/Gallery exhibitions of 2012