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LA Times: Two Explorations of the Power and Prominence of Latino art

Carlos Almaraz
A Review of Carlos Almaraz ('74) at LACMA

Review by Christopher Knight

"Two artists’ retrospective exhibitions, one at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the other at the Museum of Contemporary Art, demonstrate something of the breadth we might expect from Pacific Standard Time: L.A./L.A., at least for contemporary art. The Getty-subsidized behemoth of more than 80 exhibitions at more than 60 venues around Southern California, set to formally launch on Sept. 15, will offer Latin American and Latino art, ancient to Modern, on an unprecedented scale.

That’s fitting for Los Angeles, given the Latino plurality of the population that emerged for California three years ago. L.A. is now one of the great cities of Latin America, and PST: L.A./L.A. ranks as a significant cultural marker of the change. The usual East-West conversation flips to North-South.

Although the formal opening is about a week away, 13 PST exhibitions have already opened. At LACMA, “Playing With Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz” looks at the late, L.A.-based Chicano artist whose theatrical images of blazing car crashes on freeway overpasses grabbed considerable attention in the early 1980s. At MOCA, “Anna Maria Maiolino” surveys the multidisciplinary post-Minimal work of a Brazilian artist, 74, who is largely unknown here."

Read the full review. 

Image: Carlos Almaraz, "Sunset Crash (detail)," 1982, oil on canvas. (LACMA)