View Art EventOf Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín

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Venue: molaa Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach CA
Event Type: Solo Exhibition
Start Date: Sunday, April 12, 2009
End Date: Sunday, August 16, 2009
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Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín
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Opening on April 12, 2009, MOLAA will be the only West Coast venue for the national traveling exhibition of the renowned Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamín (Ecuador, 1919-1999) titled, Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín.

The first exhibition of its kind in the United States in over 50 years, the exhibition was organized by Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery in cooperation with the Guayasmín Foundation, Quito, Ecuador, and curated by Vanderbilt Gallery Director, Joseph Mella.

Profiling the evolution of Guayasamín’s life and his concern for social and political injustice, the 80 paintings, drawings and prints focus on the plight of the indigenous peoples of the Andean region as well as universal issues of human suffering, war and violence. Oswaldo Guayasamín, a mestizo and eldest son in a family of ten children, is considered one of Ecuador’s most important painters of social realism who used his art to oppose violence, war and social injustice. He earned a reputation as Ecuador’s official painter, in the 1940s when he presented an exhibition of paintings and portraits of Indians that provoked a scandal.

Non-academic in style and subject matter, Guayasamín established his signature style of indigeniso which is especially recognized for its dramatic representation of the human figure. Defined in powerfully exaggerated proportions and forms, Guaysamín’s figures are charged with a range of emotions—from human dignity to grief, loss and anguish. Guayasamín said about his art, “My painting is to hurt, to scratch and hit inside people’s hearts. To show what Man does against Man.” Exhibition curator, Joseph Mella states, “Guayasamín’s paintings are not, however, illustrative. They are universal, compassionate, and in the end humanistic expressions of an artist with equal measures of genius and of love for all mankind.”

The exhibition highlights several of Guayasamín’s most important works created during his 60 year career. An early work, Los Niños Muertos /The Dead Children, 1942, depicts the innocent victims—mothers and children—of poverty, hunger and death. Painted in a thick mud-colored impasto texture, this painting was seminal for the recognition of Guayasamín’s artistic vision. In the 1960s Guayasamín broadened his worldview to embrace universal themes of crimes against humanity, developing a series of over 100 politically charged paintings titled, Edad de la Ira / Age of Wrath. Two large and impressive works from this series appear in the exhibition, La Espera II,VII, VIII /Waiting III,VII, VIII, 1968-69 and Los Torturados I-III/The Tortured I-III, 1976-77 which was inspired by the brutal torture and murder of the Chilean activist folk singer, Victor Jara, killed during the overthrow of President Allende’s Chilean socialist government in 1973.

Amplified by a series of drawings and prints, the exhibition profiles not only the artist’s Latin American roots but also his universal voice of passion for the world to seek peace and human compassion in the time of war and conflict. An illustrated catalog with scholarly essays accompanies the exhibition, and is available for sale in the MoLAA Store.


Selected Images for this event

Oswaldo Guayasamín, El Grito II
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molaa Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach CA

628 Alamitos Avenue
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